What is the right way to debug in iPython notebook?

As I know, %debug magic can do debug within one cell.

However, I have function calls across multiple cells.

For example,

    In[1]: def fun1(a)
               def fun2(b)
                   # I want to set a breakpoint for the following line #
                   return do_some_thing_about(b)

           return fun2(a)

    In[2]: import multiprocessing as mp
           results=pool.map(fun1, 1.0)

What I tried:

  1. I tried to set %debug in the first line of cell-1. But it enter into debug mode immediately, even before executing cell-2.

  2. I tried to add %debug in the line right before the code "return do_some_thing_about(b)". But then the code run forever, never stopped.

What is the right way to set a break point within ipython notebook?

Use ipdb

Install it via

    pip install ipdb


    In[1]: def fun1(a):
       def fun2(a):
           import ipdb; ipdb.set_trace() # debugging starts here
           return do_some_thing_about(b)
       return fun2(a)
    In[2]: fun1(1)

For executing line by line use n and for step into a function use s and to exit from debugging prompt use c.

For complete list of available commands: https://appletree.or.kr/quick_reference_cards/Python/Python%20Debugger%20Cheatsheet.pdf

From: stackoverflow.com/q/32409629