Debugging Orthanc

If you experience an error within Orthanc (or one of its plugins), that the troubleshooting sections (cf. here and here) do not help, and that you can’t provide a robust way to reproduce your issue by third-party developers, you’ll have to analyze the backtrace of Orthanc.

If you observe a fatal crash of Orthanc, where Orthanc stops abruptly (e.g. by creating a so-called “core dumped” or reporting an invalid memory access), which rarely occurs, please check the dedicated section). The present FAQ entry is rather about C++ exceptions that are thrown by Orthanc, typically as a consequence of invalid inputs, and that result in an error message reported by Orthanc (not in a crash), and for which the log files in verbose mode do not provide meaningful information.

Important reminder: Most issues with Orthanc can be solved by carefully looking at the Orthanc logs after starting Orthanc with the --verbose --trace-dicom command-line options!

Any system

First compile Orthanc by yourself, in debug mode by setting -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Debug when invoking CMake.

Then, learn how to use the debugger that is best suited to your platform (e.g. Microsoft Visual Studio, gdb or Xcode).

GNU/Linux system using gdb

The Orthanc project provides precompiled debug binaries that can be run on almost any recent GNU/Linux system (generated thanks to the LSB - Linux Standard Base SDK). This allows to debug Orthanc without compiling from sources. Here is a sample debug session:

$ wget
$ chmod +x ./Orthanc
$ gdb ./Orthanc Configuration.json
(gdb) catch throw
Catchpoint 1 (throw)
(gdb) run
W0513 15:24:42.374349 main.cpp:1436] Orthanc version: 1.9.7
---> Reproduce your error case <---
Thread 15 "Orthanc" hit Catchpoint 1 (exception thrown), 0x00007ffff6de68bd in __cxa_throw () from /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/
(gdb) backtrace
#0  0x00007ffff6de68bd in __cxa_throw ()
   from /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/

If you are unable to analyze such a backtrace by yourself, feel free to post your backtrace on the Orthanc forum.

Plugins: Besides the Orthanc core, debug binaries of the official plugins precompiled using the LSB are also available at the following locations:


To be written.