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Service Worker Checklist

This page contains a couple of tips that will ensure your users get the best experience from your web app as well as ensuring there aren't any hidden surprises while developing your site.

Register your service worker the right way

In general, you should wait for the window load event before registering your service worker. This will allow the browser to prioritize assets for the page and will prevent any risk of precaching interfering with the page.

if ('serviceWorker' in navigator) {
  window.addEventListener('load', function() {
    navigator.serviceWorker.register('/service-worker.js');
  });
}
DO: Wait until the `window` load event to register your service worker.

Cache-Control of your service worker file

When you register your service worker file, the browser will make a network request for the file. If your server returns a Cache-Control header with your service worker file, some browsers will cache your service worker file in the HTTP cache. Future requests for your service worker file will check the HTTP cache, which can cause some confusion while developing locally or after publishing a new service worker and changes don't seem to be taking effect.

Generally, most developers will want to set the Cache-Control header to no-cache, forcing browsers to always check the server for a new service worker file.

If you are unsure what your current Cache-Control header is for your service worker, you can check with curl:

curl -I -L https://workbox-demos.firebaseapp.com/demo/workbox-core/sw.js | grep cache-control
  % Total    % Received % Xferd  Average Speed   Time    Time     Time  Current
                                 Dload  Upload   Total   Spent    Left  Speed
  0  1185    0     0    0     0      0      0 --:--:-- --:--:-- --:--:--     0
cache-control: no-cache

Learn More

This guide is a summary of common gotchas developers hit when starting out, but for more information check out the "Service Worker Registration" guide.