Google suggests depurar, but that sounds a bit rigid and technical, almost clinical to me.

Are there other alternatives which are in common/colloquial use in the industry?

One of the answers for Translation of “bug” to Spanish claims that pulga is used in Costa Rica for bug. I guess despulgar would work in this context and doesn't suffer from the (perceived) stiffness of depurar (in fact, it sounds way cooler, by several orders of magnitude), but would it be understood?

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    Depurar is the most used term Source - I'm a Mexican software developer
    – Mike
    Commented Mar 29, 2018 at 14:38
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    I haven't seen any other word apart from "depurar" used for "to debug", but indeed "despulgar el código" sounds much funnier. Next time I have the chance to use it I'll try and see if others understand what I'm saying. :-D
    – Charlie
    Commented Mar 29, 2018 at 14:49
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    we can consider the term clinical and maybe chemical, as this is a a word for: for clear, purification, purge, refine.
    – Mike
    Commented Mar 29, 2018 at 15:01
  • @Charlie - for historical accuracy -- perhaps desmariposear? (When you're trying to have fun with coworkers.) labcoatlucy.files.wordpress.com/2015/08/first_bug.jpg Commented Mar 30, 2018 at 16:44

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I have heard the following words in spanish, in order of frecuency:

Debuguear (debug spanglish). Voy a debuguear el software
Depurar (debug). Voy a depurar el software
Corregir (mend). Voy a corregir el software - It means a major problem
Purgar (purge). Voy a purgar el software - It means minor problems
Arreglar (fix). Voy a arreglar el software - It means a major problem
Pulir (polish). Voy a pulir el software - It means minor problems

Forget the word despulgar, somebody might believe you're talking of a dog instead of a software.

Source: Chile

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    Do you mean debuguear? Commented Mar 29, 2018 at 20:22
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    Fixed the spanglish. Thanks @aparente001.
    – Santiago
    Commented Mar 29, 2018 at 20:49
  • I am from Spain and I've hears the same terms. Debugear is the one most used.
    – José D.
    Commented Mar 31, 2018 at 1:58

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