Debugging with dnSpy

Turning the game into a debug build


This guide's step is mainly a basic overview of what to do. For a full guide on turning your game into a debug build, check out the offical dnSpy's guide on this topic..

First, the game's mono runtime has to be swapped to one that supports debugging with dnSpy.
For that, you need to know the Unity version your game has been built against.
You can do that by checking file properties of the game EXE or by running BepInEx, which will log the Unity version of the game in the console (or into BepInEx/LogOutput.txt):

[Message:   BepInEx] BepInEx - <Game Name>
[Info   :   BepInEx] Running under Unity v5.4.0.6710170
[Info   :   BepInEx] CLR runtime version: 2.0.50727.1433

Next, head to dnSpy releases and download one of the debug Mono packages that corresponds to the Unity version of your game: Download one of the debug packages that corresponds to the Unity version of your game. For example, in the log above Unity version is 5.4.0, in which case one has to download

Open the downloaded archive and locate mono.dll that corresponds to your Unity game version and executable target (32 bit or 64 bit). Finally, locate the same DLL in your game folder and replace it with the one from dnSpy.

Setting up dnSpy and setting breakpoints

Download the latest version of dnSpy. You can pick any of the available versions.

Extract the downloaded archive and run dnSpy.

Next, drag the plugins DLLs you want to debug into dnSpy.


You must select the DLL that is in your BepInEx folder, and not the one in your Visual Studio solution!

Drag and drop the DLL you want to debug on dnSpy's assembly list.

You can change the settings of dnSpy via View > Options.

To set a breakpoint, navigate the assembly you want to debug and right click on the piece of code you want to debug.
Next, select Add breakpoint to set the breakpoint:

Right-click on the piece of code as select "Add breakpoint" to add a breakpoint.

Note that some code might not be selectable. In that case you can change dnSpy to show the precise IL code from the dropdown in the top bar.

Running the game via dnSpy

After you have set the breakpoints, you can start debugging the game.

Select Debug > Start Debugging to open up the Debug Program dialog.

Change the settings as follows:

dnSpy's Debug Program dialog.

Finally, press OK to start the game (or to attach dnSpy to an already running game).

Wait until the game loads your assembly. If everything worked correctly, the execution will stop on the breakpoint:

dnSpy window when the game hits a breakpoint.

From there, you can do same things like in the normal debugger:

Note that when you step in dnSpy, it steps one IL instruction at a time (in which case one single expression can take multiple steps to move over).