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Get Started with the Intel® System Debugger - System Trace
for Windows* OS Host

The System Trace feature of the Intel® System Debugger provides an
Eclipse* IDE
plug-in that adds the capability to access the Intel® Trace Hub providing advanced SoC-wide instruction and data events tracing through its trace viewer.
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Python* 3 is used by default.


For system requirements, see the Intel® System Debugger - System Trace User Guide and the Release Notes.


For details of the installation process, see the Intel® System Debugger - System Trace User Guide.

Starting the System Trace

If you have an existing workspace containing an old System Trace project, this project is probably not compatible with the newly-installed System Trace anymore.
Whenever you install a newer version of Intel® System Debugger including the System Trace, create a new Eclipse* IDE workspace or at least a new System Trace project.
  1. Launch the Intel® System Debugger by running
    , where
    is the root directory of your Intel® oneAPI toolkit installation. By default,
  2. To open the System Trace plugin, go to
    Open Perspective
  3. Choose
    System Trace
    as the perspective. The System Trace default window is displayed. The first time you launch, the System Trace will show a welcome dialog, which guides you through the first steps.
Options available in the
Welcome to System Trace
dialog box:
Help me setup a new project
This option will guide you through the process of creating a trace project.
Import a project
This option will open the Intel® System Debugger import dialog to import existing trace projects.

Importing an Existing Trace Capture Archive/Trace Capture File (Bin-file)

To import an existing trace capture archive file, such as one of the examples which can be found in
, you need to import that file into your trace viewer.
To import a sample System Validation Events (SVEN) trace included in a Trace Capture Archive or in a plain bin-file:
  1. Launch the
    Intel® System Debugger
  2. Switch to the Trace perspective.
  3. Go to
    Import ...
  4. Browse to
    System Trace
    Trace Capture
  5. Click
  6. Select the Trace Capture Archive by clicking
    in the directory
    If you want to import a bin file, select the
    file filter on the bottom right corner of the file browse dialog.
  7. Select the trace project you want to import the data from. If you do not have a project, type in a name for your new project and select
    Create trace project
  8. Click
    to import the trace capture archive.
  9. In the
    Project Explorer
    expand the capture node. You should see a
  10. Right-click the
    entry and select
The sample trace is displayed in the trace viewer.
For more information about how to use the System Trace, see Intel® System Debugger - System Trace User Guide

Training and Documentation

This document provides information about how to install and start the System Trace on Eclipse*.
Release Notes (available in the Intel® Registration Center download page for Intel® System Debugger)
Contain the most up-to-date information about the Intel® System Debugger in general and Intel® Debug Extensions for WinDbg* in particular, including:
  • Overview information (including new features and product contents)
  • System requirements (hardware and software requirements for installing and using the product)
  • Known limitations
  • Technical support (links to contacts for reporting problems and getting assistance)
Intel® System Bring-up toolkit product page. See this page for support and instructions for obtaining the toolkit.
Intel® oneAPI product page. See this page for support and documentation for other toolkits.

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