What's New In DevTools (Chrome 63)
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.
Note: You can check what version of Chrome you're running at
chrome://version. Chrome auto-updates to a new major version about every 6 weeks.
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 2.0 #
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.
Go to the Service Workers pane.
Write something in the Push text box.
Figure 1. Simulating a push notification with custom data via the Push text box in the Service Worker pane
Click Push to send the notification.
Figure 2. The simulated push 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.
Figure 3. After clicking Sync, DevTools sends a background sync event with the custom tag
update-content to the service worker