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A debugger is a software program used to test and find bugs (errors) in other programs.
A debugger is also known as a debugging tool.
A debugger is a computer program used by programmers to test and debug a target program. Debuggers may use instruction-set simulators, rather than running a program directly on the processor to achieve a higher level of control over its execution. This allows debuggers to stop or halt the program according to specific conditions. However, use of simulators decreases execution speed.
When a program crashes, debuggers show the position of the error in the target program. Most debuggers also are capable of running programs in a step-by-step mode, besides stopping on specific points. They also can often modify the state of programs while they are running.