/PDB (Use Program Database)



A user-specified name for the program database (PDB) that the linker creates. It replaces the default name.


By default, when /DEBUG is specified, the linker creates a program database (PDB) which holds debugging information. The default file name for the PDB has the base name of the program and the extension .pdb.

Use /PDB:filename to specify the name of the PDB file. If /DEBUG is not specified, the /PDB option is ignored.

A PDB file can be up to 2GB.

For more information, see .pdb Files as Linker Input.

To set this linker option in the Visual Studio development environment

  1. Open the project's Property Pages dialog box. For details, see Set C++ compiler and build properties in Visual Studio.

  2. Click the Linker folder.

  3. Click the Debug property page.

  4. Modify the Generate Program Database File property.

To set this linker option programmatically

See also

MSVC linker reference
MSVC Linker Options