Debugging Tools

Baserow development dependencies include some useful tools for debugging that you can use.


snoop is a powerful set of Python debugging tools.

Automatic tracing

One of the common things to do is to use the @snoop decorator or the snoop context manager to trace the execution of a piece of Python code and show how variable values change over time:

def test():
    for i in range(5):
        a = i*2

# or

with snoop:
    for i in range(5):
        a = i*2

The depth can be controlled with depth parameter, e.g. @snoop(depth=2) for tracing functions that go deep.

Objects and dictionaries can be expanded automatically to show all their items or attributes using the watch_explode parameter taking a list of watched variable names:

def test():
    d = {'key1': 0, 'key2': 1}
    for i in range(5):
        d["key1"] += 1

Pretty printing

Besides automatic tracing, variables can be pretty printed manually with pp function:

d = {'key1': 0, 'key2': 1}

Note that import snoop or from snoop import pp is not necessary as snoop is installed and available automatically.


django-extensions is available to provide a variety of features like a shell with auto-imported Django models or a command to list all registered urls.

You can use django-extensions commands inside backend docker containers:

  • django-admin shell_plus starts an interactive Python shell with loaded Django contexts and imported models.
  • django-admin show_urls lists all registered urls in the Baserow.


django-silk is a live profiling and inspection tool for executed requests and database queries.

The interface can be accessed at http://localhost:8000/silk/ after Baserow is started in the debug mode. Every request is logged and can be analyzed, including the list of performed database queries.

django-silk can be also configured and used for profiling using the Python’s built-in profiler, see the official documentation for details.