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Make a dump of the V8 heap for later inspection.


npm install heapdump


node-gyp configure build


Load the add-on in your application:

var heapdump = require('heapdump');

The module exports a single, no-arg function called writeSnapshot() that writes a heapdump-xxxx.xxxx.heapsnapshot file to the application's current directory.


On UNIX, it forks off a new process that writes out the snapshot in an asynchronous fashion. (That is, the function does not block.)

On Windows, however, it returns only after the snapshot is fully written. If the heap is large, that may take a while.

On UNIX platforms, you can force a snapshot by sending the node.js process a SIGUSR2 signal:

$ kill -USR2 <pid>

Inspecting the snapshot

Open Google Chrome and press F12 to open the developer toolbar.

Go to the Profiles tab, right-click in the tab pane and select Load profile....

Select the dump file and click Open. You can now inspect the heap snapshot at your leisure.