Is it possible to change javascript variable values while debugging in Google Chrome?

This is now possible in chrome 35 (today as of July 11, 2014). I don't know which version allowed it first though.

Just tested @gilly3 example on my machine and it works.

  • Open the console, in Sources and the tab Snippets, add a new snippet, paste the following code into it:

    var g_n = 0; function go() { var n = 0; var o = { n: 0 }; return g_n + n + o.n; // breakpoint here }

  • Right-click the snippet name, click 'Run' (this does not fire the function though)

  • Add the breakpoint at the return statement.
  • In the console below, type go()
  • and change the variable values as demonstrated below

function with local modification allowed.

and the returned result g_n + n + o.n is 30.

Why is this answer still getting upvotes?

Per Mikaël Mayer's answer, this is no longer a problem, and my answer is obsolete (go() now returns 30 after mucking with the console). This was fixed in July 2013, according to the bug report linked above in gabrielmaldi's comment. It alarms me that I'm still getting upvotes - makes me think the upvoter doesn't understand either the question or my answer.

I'll leave my original answer here for historical reasons, but go upvote Mikaël's answer instead.

The trick is that you can't change a local variable directly, but you can modify the properties of an object. You can also modify the value of a global variable:

var g_n = 0;
function go()
    var n = 0;
    var o = { n: 0 };
    return g_n + n + o.n;  // breakpoint here


> g_n = 10
> g_n
> n = 10
> n
> o.n = 10
> o.n

Check the result of go() after setting the breakpoint and running those calls in the console, and you'll find that the result is 20, rather than 0 (but sadly, not 30).

This is an acknowledged bug in the Chrome Dev Tools: