MPLAB® X IDE Scripting

MPLAB® X Integrated Development Environment (IDE) provides scripting capabilities to control the IDE behavior programmatically. 32-bit SAM microprocessor (MPU) projects in particular need to use scripts to support bootstrapping ( However, scripts can be used with microcontroller (MCU) projects as well.

The scripts are written in Jython. The scripts have access to an Application Programming Interface (API) that allows you to:

  • Control the debugging session state (run, halt, etc.)
  • Access memory in the device while debugging
  • Set breakpoints with callbacks to functions that determine if a halt should happen or not. This allows the implementation of conditional breakpoints
  • Place actions in the Projects window which, when clicked, will run methods in a script
  • Provide hooks for debug events: a function will be called when a given event happens

For more information on scripting, see the "IDE Scripting (" page of the "MPLAB X IDE User's Guide."

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