Notice: Using MRI 1.9.2+? Check out pry-debugger. Includes the same features as pry-nav with faster tracing, breakpoints, and other additional capabilities.


Simple execution control in Pry

Teaches Pry about step, next, and continue to create a simple debugger.

To use, invoke pry normally:

def some_method
  binding.pry          # Execution will stop here.
  puts 'Hello World'   # Run 'step' or 'next' in the console to move here.

pry-nav is not yet thread-safe, so only use in single-threaded environments.

Rudimentary support for pry-remote (>= 0.1.1) is also included. Ensure pry-remote is loaded or required before pry-nav. For example, in a Gemfile:

gem 'pry'
gem 'pry-remote'
gem 'pry-nav'

Stepping through code often? Add the following shortcuts to ~/.pryrc:

Pry.commands.alias_command 'c', 'continue'
Pry.commands.alias_command 's', 'step'
Pry.commands.alias_command 'n', 'next'

Debugging functionality is implemented through set_trace_func, which imposes a large performance penalty. pry-nav traces only when necessary, but due to a workaround for a bug in 1.9.2, the console will feel sluggish. Use 1.9.3 for best results and almost no performance penalty.


  • Gopal Patel (@nixme)
  • John Mair (@banister)
  • Conrad Irwin (@ConradIrwin)

Patches and bug reports are welcome. Just send a pull request or file an issue. Project changelog.