Lighthouse 2.8 Updates
Lighthouse 2.8 is out! Highlights include:
- New Performance and SEO audits
- Performance as the first section of Lighthouse report
- Updated Accessibility scoring
- New loading message and fast facts
- New Lighthouse release guide
See the 2.8 release notes for the full list of new features, changes, and bug fixes.
How to update to 2.8
- NPM. Run
npm update lighthouse, or
npm update lighthouse -gflag if you installed Lighthouse globally.
- Chrome Extension. The extension should automatically update, but you can manually update it via
- DevTools. The Audits panel will be shipping with 2.8 in Chrome 65. You can check what version of Chrome you're running via
chrome://version. Chrome updates to a new version about every 6 weeks. You can run the latest Chrome code by downloading Chrome Canary.
New Performance and SEO audits
The Avoid Plugins audit lists plugins that you should remove, since plugins prevent the page from being mobile-friendly. Most mobile devices don't support plugins.
The Document Has A Valid rel=canonical audit in the SEO category checks for a
rel=canonical URL to make sure that a crawler knows which URL to show in search results.
The Page Is Mobile-Friendly and Structured Data Is Valid manual audits can help further improve your SEO. "Manual" in this case means that Lighthouse can't automate these audits, so you need to test them yourself.
Performance as the first category in Lighthouse reports
Performance is now the first category you see in Lighthouse reports. Some users thought that Lighthouse was only for Progressive Web Apps, since that was the first category in reports. In reality, Lighthouse can help you understand how to improve any web page, whether or not it's a Progressive Web App.
Updated Accessibility scoring
If an accessibility audit is not applicable for a given page, that audit no longer counts towards the Accessibility score.
New loading message and fast facts
This update is only visible when you run Lighthouse from the Audits panel of Chrome DevTools.
New Lighthouse release guide
Check out the Release Guide For Maintainers for information on release timing, naming conventions, and more.