Securely debug original code by using Azure Artifacts symbol server source maps
To securely see and work with your original development source code in DevTools rather than the compiled, minified, and bundled production code that's returned by the web server, you can use source maps published on the Azure Artifacts symbol server.
Source maps map your compiled production code to your original development source files. In DevTools, you can then see and work with your familiar development source files, instead of the compiled code. To learn more about source mapping and using source maps in DevTools, see Map the processed code to your original source code, for debugging.
Downloading your source maps from the Azure Artifacts symbol server makes it possible to debug your production website by retrieving your original development source code securely.
Prerequisite: Publish source maps to the Azure Artifacts symbol server
To use source maps from the Azure Artifacts symbol server in DevTools, they need to be published to the server first.
To learn about how to publish source maps, see Securely debug original code by publishing source maps to the Azure Artifacts symbol server.
Step 1: Generate a Personal Access Token for Azure DevOps
To obtain source maps from the Azure Artifacts symbol server, DevTools uses the fetch protocol to talk to Azure DevOps, which requires a valid Personal Access Token (PAT).
You need to generate a PAT even if you already generated one to publish source maps to the symbol server in Securely debug original code by publishing source maps to the Azure Artifacts symbol server.
To generate a PAT in Azure DevOps:
Sign in to your Azure DevOps organization by going to
In Azure DevOps, go to User settings > Personal access tokens:
The Personal Access Tokens page appears:
Click New Token. The Create a new personal access token dialog opens:
In the Name text box, enter a name for the PAT, such as "devtool source maps".
In the Expiration section, enter an expiration date for the PAT.
In the Scopes section, click Show all scopes to expand the section.
Scroll down to Symbols, and then select the Read checkbox.
Click the Create button. The Success! dialog appears:
Click the Copy to clipboard button to copy the PAT. Make sure to copy the token and store it in a secure location. For your security, it won't be shown again.
To learn more about PAT, see Use personal access tokens.
Step 2: Configure DevTools
DevTools now needs to be configured with the personal access token (PAT) to successfully retrieve the source maps.
To configure DevTools:
To open DevTools, in Microsoft Edge, right-click a webpage, and then select Inspect. Or, press
I(Windows, Linux) or
In DevTools, click Settings () > Preferences.
In the sidebar of the Settings page, click Symbol Server.
In the Azure DevOps organization text box, enter the Azure DevOps organization where you created the PAT.
In the Azure DevOps personal access token text box, paste your personal access token (PAT).
Click x in the upper right to close the Settings panel, and then click the Reload DevTools button.
Step 3: Retrieve original code in DevTools
After the above setup steps, when you use DevTools to work on a build of your web site for which symbols have been published, you can now see your original source code, instead of the transformed code.
In the Console tool, links from log messages to source files go to the original files, not the compiled files.
When stepping through code in the Sources tool, the original files are listed in the Navigator pane on the left.
In the Sources tool, the links to source files that appear in the Call Stack of the Debugger pane open the original source files.
Check the status of downloaded source maps
You can check the status of your source maps by using the Source Maps Monitor tool.
To learn more about the Source Maps Monitor tool and how it can help monitor which source files requested source maps, and whether those source maps were loaded, see Source Maps Monitor tool.
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