[c++] View array in Visual Studio debugger?

Is it possible to view an array in the Visual Studio debugger? QuickWatch only shows the first element of the array.

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Hover your mouse cursor over the name of the array, then hover over the little (+) icon that appears.


I use the ArrayDebugView add-in for Visual Studio (http://arraydebugview.sourceforge.net/).

It seems to be a long dead project (but one I'm looking at continuing myself) but the add-in still works beautifully for me in VS2010 for both C++ and C#.

It has a few quirks (tab order, modal dialog, no close button) but the ability to plot the contents of an array in a graph more than make up for it.

Edit July 2014: I have finally built a new Visual Studio extension to replace ArrayebugView's functionality. It is available on the VIsual Studio Gallery, search for ArrayPlotter or go to http://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/2fde2c3c-5b83-4d2a-a71e-5fdd83ce6b96?SRC=Home


Are you trying to view an array with memory allocated dynamically? If not, you can view an array for C++ and C# by putting it in the watch window in the debugger, with its contents visible when you expand the array on the little (+) in the watch window by a left mouse-click.

If it's a pointer to a dynamically allocated array, to view N contents of the pointer, type "pointer, N" in the watch window of the debugger. Note, N must be an integer or the debugger will give you an error saying it can't access the contents. Then, left click on the little (+) icon that appears to view the contents.


If you have a large array and only want to see a subsection of the array you can type this into the watch window;

ptr+100,10

to show a list of the 10 elements starting at ptr[100]. Beware that the displayed array subscripts will start at [0], so you will have to remember that ptr[0] is really ptr[100] and ptr[1] is ptr[101] etc.


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