I'm debugging my program and I don't know where my code is dead. So is there any way to log strings and variables to the terminal?

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If you're using Anchor then you can start the test suite with the detach option anchor test --detach to keep the local validator running after the tests pass/fail. This is useful if you want to look up failed transaction signatures and inspect the logs before the history gets reset.

Any msg!("logs"); will be visible in the logs

You can use an explorer with your localhost rpc url http://localhost:8899 to get a decent UI


You might need to use skipPreFlight when sending your transaction or you might fail simulation which can mask the error.

  • Tks for your answer but it doesn't log anything.
    – marethyu
    Jan 19, 2023 at 6:00

To add to the answer, which is correct, you can use the solana logs to get live logging from your local validator ie:

$ solana logs -ul TokenkegQfeZyiNwAJbNbGKPFXCWuBvf9Ss623VQ5DA
Streaming transaction logs mentioning TokenkegQfeZyiNwAJbNbGKPFXCWuBvf9Ss623VQ5DA. Confirmed commitment

And if I do spl-token create-token in a different window, this first one will show:

Transaction executed in slot 93:
  Signature: 8MYopp3pedMs4655Ka5vyT3fw3bzmKuA4rsnbhEo2r8Mq71FwMNsmw5VL9bqabsJrKMnSkbDk29wr4Rx55T6dRU
  Status: Ok
  Log Messages:
    Program 11111111111111111111111111111111 invoke [1]
    Program 11111111111111111111111111111111 success
    Program TokenkegQfeZyiNwAJbNbGKPFXCWuBvf9Ss623VQ5DA invoke [1]
    Program log: Instruction: InitializeMint
    Program TokenkegQfeZyiNwAJbNbGKPFXCWuBvf9Ss623VQ5DA consumed 2919 of 400000 compute units
    Program TokenkegQfeZyiNwAJbNbGKPFXCWuBvf9Ss623VQ5DA success

your Anchor logs and Solana program msg logs will be saved inside your project in a file like: .anchor/validator-1700296750844.log

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