Remote Debugger Port Assignments


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The Visual Studio Remote Debugger can run as an application or as a background service. When it runs as an application, it uses a port that is assigned by default as follows:

  • Visual Studio 2015: 4020

  • Visual Studio 2013: 4018

  • Visual Studio 2012: 4016

    In other words, the number of the port assigned to the remote debugger is incremented by 2 for each release. You can set a different port number of you like. We will explain how to set port numbers in a later section.

The Remote Debugger Port on 32-bit Operating Systems

TCP 4020 (in Visual Studio 2015) is the main port, and is required for all scenarios. You can configure this from either the command line or the remote debugger window.

In the remote debugger window, click Tools / Options, and set the TCP/IP port number.

On the command line, start the remote debugger with the /port switch: msvsmon /port <port number>.

You can find all the remote debugger command line switches in the remote debugging help (press F1 or click Help / Usage in the remote debugger window).

The Remote Debugger Port on 64-bit Operating Systems

When the 64-bit version of the remote debugger is started, it uses the 4020 port by default. If you debug a 32-bit process, the 64-bit version of the remote debugger starts a 32-bit version of the remote debugger on port 4021. If you run the 32-bit remote debugger, it uses 4020, and 4021 is not used.

This port is configurable from the command line: Msvsmon /wow64port <port number>.

The Discovery Port

UDP 3702 is used for finding running instances of the remote debugger on the network (for example, the Find dialog in the Attach to Process dialog). It is used only for discovering a machine running the remote debugger, so it is optional if you have some other way of knowing the machine name or IP address of the target computer. This is a standard port for discovery, so the port number cannot be configured.

If you do not want to enable discovery, you can start msvsmon from the command line with discovery disabled: Msvsmon /nodiscovery.

Remote Debugger Ports on Azure

The following ports are used by the remote debugger on Azure. The ports on the cloud service are mapped to the ports on the individual VM. All ports are TCP.

Connection Port on Cloud Service Port on VM
Microsoft.WindowsAzure.Plugins.RemoteDebugger.Connector 30400 30398
Microsoft.WindowsAzure.Plugins.RemoteDebugger.Forwarder 31400 31398
Microsoft.WindowsAzure.Plugins.RemoteDebugger.FileUpload 32400 32398

See Also

Remote Debugging