The legacy System Debug feature of the Intel® System Debugger is a JTAG-based debug solution supporting in-depth debugging and tracing of Intel® Architecture-based System Software and Embedded Applications. It enables developers to debug and trace Intel® Architecture based platforms system-wide, e.g. UEFI / firmware, System-on-Chip peripheral registers, OS kernel and drivers with full OS awareness.

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Starting the Intel® System Studio 2020 Gold release, the present System Debug feature is considered legacy. For instructions on using the new default feature, see Get Started with Intel® System Debugger - System Debug.


For a list of system requirements matching your configuration, see the Intel® System Debugger - System Debug Release Notes.


For details on the installation process and set-up, refer to the Intel® System Debugger - System Debug Release Notes and the instructions shipped with your target system.

Starting a Debugging Session


Demo mode is not available for the current release of the Intel® System Debugger. For instructions on starting a debugging session, see Intel® System Debugger - System Debug (Legacy) User and Reference Guide

Training and Documentation

Document Description
Intel® System Debugger - System Debug User and Reference Guide

The User Guide is the main documentation for the Intel® System Debugger - System Debug (Legacy) . To view the online help, open it from the debugger's Help menu.

The help contains information on how to prepare your program and start the debugger, use the debugger, and a debugger command reference.

An HTML version of the online help is located in the documentation install directory.

Debugging with the Intel® System Debugger (Legacy) - Tutorial A tutorial introducing the basic steps of debugging an application with the legacy feature of the Intel® System Debugger.
Get Started with Intel® System Debugger - System Debug This documents contains information about the new default System Debug feature. The present feature is considered legacy.
Intel® System Debugger Release Notes

This document contains the most up-to-date information about the product, including:

  • Overview information (including new features and product contents)
  • System requirements (hardware and software requirements for installing and using the product)
  • Installation
  • Known limitations
  • Troubleshooting
  • Technical support (links to contacts for reporting problems and getting support)
Get Started with the Intel® System Debugger - System Trace This document explains how to start the System Trace feature of the Intel® System Debugger, an Eclipse* plug-in which adds the capability to access the Intel® Trace Hub providing advanced SoC-wide instruction and data events tracing through its trace viewer.
Intel® System Studio product page See this page for support and online documentation.

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