DebugBreakProcess function (winbase.h)

Causes a breakpoint exception to occur in the specified process. This allows the calling thread to signal the debugger to handle the exception.


BOOL DebugBreakProcess(
  [in] HANDLE Process


[in] Process

A handle to the process.

Return value

If the function succeeds, the return value is nonzero.

If the function fails, the return value is zero. To get extended error information, call GetLastError.


If the process is not being debugged, the function uses the search logic of a standard exception handler. In most cases, this causes the process to terminate because of an unhandled breakpoint exception.


Minimum supported client Windows XP [desktop apps only]
Minimum supported server Windows Server 2003 [desktop apps only]
Target Platform Windows
Header winbase.h (include Windows.h)
Library Kernel32.lib
DLL Kernel32.dll

See also

Communicating with the Debugger


Debugging Functions