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How to Debug Docker Containers (Python + VSCode)

When containers are working they are amazing and make running your code across different environments seamless...

However, when something goes wrong, the additional layers of abstraction can make debugging them difficult.

Here are three techniques you can use to debug them:

1) Override the entrypoint at runtime and exec into the container
2) Copy files into or out of the container for inspection/comparison
3) Run a remote debugger inside the container and attach to it over the network

I created a video walking through how to use these three techniques:

Leave your own tips in the comments!

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George Alfaro • Edited

You're correct. I believe he uses venv for non-containerized development to keep his python packages tidy; it's good practice. Sometimes you want to hack around straight on your machine and not run a container since it can be a lot simpler to test a new feature or debug without dealing with containers.

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Exactly! In the video, I am comparing how the test cases behave differently inside vs outside the container. The virtual environment is to handle the packages running directly on my host system.

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