Use Software Breakpoints

Method 1: Dashboard Window



If not open already, open the Dashboard window from the main menu: Window ▶ Dashboard


In the Dashboard window's sidebar, click the Software Breakpoint toggle button to enable/disable software breakpoints.

SWBP_Disabled.png Software Breakpoints Disabled (click to enable)
SWBP_Enabled.png Software Breakpoints Enabled (click to disable)
SWBP_NoSupport.png Software Breakpoints Not Supported

At the bottom of the Dashboard window under the Debug Resources node, you will see the current status of Software Breakpoints.

Using software breakpoints impacts device endurance. Development devices that have been used with software breakpoints should not be used for production.

Software breakpoints are only supported by the MPLAB® Real ICE and MPLAB ICD3 debuggers.

Method 2: Project Properties Window



Open Project Properties window.


Select REAL ICE under Categories.


Select Debug Options from the Option categories dropdown.


Check the box to enable the use of software breakpoints.

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