Welcome back! New features coming to DevTools in Chrome 63 include:
- Multi-client remote debugging support.
- Workspaces 2.0.
- Four new audits.
- Simulate push notifications with custom data.
- Trigger background sync events with custom tags.
Read on or watch the video below to learn more!
Multi-client remote debugging support
If you've ever tried debugging an app from an IDE like VS Code or WebStorm, you've probably discovered that opening DevTools messes up your debug session. This issue also made it impossible to use DevTools to debug WebDriver tests.
As of Chrome 63, DevTools now supports multiple remote debugging clients by default, no configuration needed.
Multi-client remote debugging was the number 1 most-popular DevTools issue on crbug.com, and number 3 across the entire Chromium project. Multi-client support also opens up quite a few interesting opportunities for integrating other tools with DevTools, or using those tools in new ways. For example:
- Protocol clients such as ChromeDriver or the Chrome debugging extensions for VS Code and Webstorm, and WebSocket clients such as Puppeteer, can now run at the same time as DevTools.
- Two separate WebSocket protocol clients, such as Puppeteer or chrome-remote-interface, can now connect to the same tab simultaneously.
- Chrome Extensions using the
chrome.debuggerAPI can now run at the same time as DevTools.
- Multiple different Chrome Extensions can now use the
chrome.debuggerAPI on the same tab simultaneously.
Workspaces have been around for some time in DevTools. This feature enables you to use DevTools as your IDE. You make some changes to your source code within DevTools, and the changes persist to the local version of your project on your file system.
Workspaces 2.0 builds off of 1.0, adding a more helpful UX and improved auto-mapping of transpiled code. This feature was originally scheduled to be released shortly after Chrome Developer Summit (CDS) 2016, but the team postponed it to sort out some issues.
Check out the "Authoring" part (around 14:28) of the DevTools talk from CDS 2016 to see Workspaces 2.0 in action.
Four new audits
In Chrome 63 the Audits panel has 4 new audits:
- Serve images as WebP.
- Use images with appropriate aspect ratios.
- Browser errors logged to the Console.
See Run Lighthouse in Chrome DevTools to learn how to use the Audits panel to improve the quality of your pages.
See Lighthouse to learn more about the project that powers the Audits panel.
Simulate push notifications with custom data
Simulating push notifications has been around for a while in DevTools, with one limitation: you couldn't send custom data. But with the new Push text box coming to the Service Worker pane in Chrome 63, now you can. Try it now:
- Go to Simple Push Demo.
- Click Enable Push Notifications.
- Click Allow when Chrome prompts you to allow notifications.
- Open DevTools.
- Go to the Service Workers pane.
Write something in the Push text box.
Click Push to send the notification.
Trigger background sync events with custom tags
Triggering background sync events has also been in the Service Workers pane for some time, but now you can send custom tags:
- Open DevTools.
- Go to the Service Workers pane.
- Enter some text in the Sync text box.
- Click Sync.
The best place to discuss any of the features or changes you see here is the firstname.lastname@example.org mailing list. You can also tweet us at @ChromeDevTools if you're short on time. If you're sure that you've encountered a bug in DevTools, please open an issue.
Discover other DevTools features
Below is a list of everything that's been covered in the What's New In DevTools series.
- Meaningful presets when autocompleting CSS functions
- Clear site data from the Command Menu
- View all IndexedDB databases
- View a resource's uncompressed size on hover
- Inline breakpoints in the Breakpoints pane
- IndexedDB and Cache resource counts
- Setting for disabling the detailed Inspect tooltip
- Setting for toggling tab indentation in the Editor
- Highlight all nodes affected by CSS property
- Lighthouse v4 in the Audits panel
- WebSocket binary message viewer
- Capture area screenshot in the Command Menu
- Service worker filters in the Network panel
- Performance panel updates
- Long tasks in Performance panel recordings
- First Paint in the Timing section
- Bonus tip: Shortcut for viewing RGB and HSL color codes (video)
- Detailed tooltips in Inspect Mode
- Export code coverage data
- Navigate the Console with a keyboard
- AAA contrast ratio line in the Color Picker
- Save custom geolocation overrides
- Code folding
- Frames tab renamed to Messages tab
- Bonus tip: Network panel filtering by property (video)
- Visualize performance metrics in the Performance panel
- Highlight text nodes in the DOM Tree
- Copy the JS path to a DOM node
- Audits panel updates, including a new audit that detects JS libraries and new keywords for accessing the Audits panel from the Command Menu
- Bonus tip: Use Device Mode to inspect media queries (video)
- Hover over a Live Expression result to highlight a DOM node
- Store DOM nodes as global variables
- Initiator and priority information now in HAR imports and exports
- Access the Command Menu from the Main Menu
- Picture-in-Picture breakpoints
- Bonus tip: Use
monitorEvents()to log a node's fired events in the Console (video)
- Live Expressions in the Console
- Highlight DOM nodes during Eager Evaluation
- Performance panel optimizations
- More reliable debugging
- Enable network throttling from the Command Menu
- Autocomplete Conditional Breakpoints
- Break on AudioContext events
- Debug Node.js apps with ndb
- Bonus tip: Measure real world user interactions with the User Timing API
- Eager Evaluation
- Argument hints
- Function autocompletion
- ES2017 keywords
- Lighthouse 3.0 in the Audits panel
- BigInt support
- Adding property paths to the Watch pane
- "Show timestamps" moved to Settings
- Bonus tip: Lesser-known Console methods (video)
- Search across all network headers
- CSS variable value previews
- Copy as fetch
- New audits, desktop configuration options, and viewing traces
- Stop infinite loops
- User Timing in the Performance tabs
- Network tab renamed to Page tab
- Dark theme updates
- Certificate transparency information in the Security panel
- Site isolation features in the Performance panel
- Bonus tip: Layers panel + Animations Inspector (video)
- Blackboxing in the Network panel
- Auto-adjust zooming in Device Mode
- Pretty-printing in the Preview and Response tabs
- Previewing HTML content in the Preview tab
- Local Overrides support for styles inside of HTML
- Bonus tip: Blackbox framework scripts to make Event Listener Breakpoints more useful
- Local Overrides
- New accessibility tools
- The Changes tab
- New SEO and performance audits
- Multiple recordings in the Performance panel
- Reliable code stepping with workers in async code
- Bonus tip: Automate DevTools actions with Puppeteer (video)
- Performance Monitor
- Console Sidebar
- Group similar Console messages
- Bonus tip: Toggle hover pseudo-class (video)
- Multi-client remote debugging support
- Workspaces 2.0
- 4 new audits
- Simulate push notifications with custom data
- Trigger background sync events with custom tags
- Bonus tip: Event listener breakpoints (video)
- Top-level await in the Console
- New screenshot workflows
- CSS Grid highlighting
- A new Console API for querying objects
- New Console filters
- HAR imports in the Network panel
- Previewable cache resources
- More predictable cache debugging
- Block-level code coverage
- Mobile device throttling simulation
- View storage usage
- View when a service worker cached responses
- Enable the FPS meter from the Command Menu
- Set mousewheel behavior to zoom or scroll
- Debugging support for ES6 modules
- New Audits panel
- 3rd-Party Badges
- A new gesture for Continue To Here
- Step into async
- More informative object previews in the Console
- More informative context selection in the Console
- Real-time updates in the Coverage tab
- Simpler network throttling options
- Async stacks on by default