Sources panel overview

Sofia Emelianova
Sofia Emelianova

Use the Chrome DevTools Sources panel to:

View files

Use the Page pane to view all of the resources that the page has loaded.

The Page pane.

How the Page pane is organized:

  • The top-level, such as top on the screenshot above, represents an HTML frame. You'll find top on every page that you visit. top represents the main document frame.
  • The second-level, such as on the screenshot above, represents an origin.
  • The third-level, fourth-level, and so on, represent directories and resources that were loaded from that origin. For example, on the screenshot above, the full path to the resource devsite-googler-button is

Click a file in the Page pane to view its contents in the Editor pane. You can view any type of file. For images, you see a preview of the image.

Viewing a file in the Editor pane.

Edit CSS and JavaScript

Use the Editor pane to edit CSS and JavaScript. DevTools updates the page to run your new code.

The Editor also helps you debug. For example, it underlines and shows inline error tooltips next to syntax errors and other issues, such as failed CSS @import and url() statements, and HTML href attributes with invalid URLs.

An inline syntax error tooltip.

If you edit the background-color of an element, you'll see that the change takes effect immediately.

Editing CSS in the Editor pane.

For JavaScript changes to take effect, press Command+S (Mac) or Control+S (Windows, Linux). DevTools doesn't re-run a script, so the only JavaScript changes that take effect are those that you make inside of functions. For example, note how console.log('A') doesn't run, whereas console.log('B') does.

Editing JavaScript in the Editor pane.

If DevTools re-ran the entire script after making the change, then the text A would have been logged to the Console.

DevTools erases your CSS and JavaScript changes when you reload the page. See Set up a Workspace to learn how to save the changes to your file system.

Create, save, and run Snippets

Snippets are scripts which you can run on any page. Imagine that you repeatedly type out the following code in the Console, in order to insert the jQuery library into a page, so that you can run jQuery commands from the Console:

let script = document.createElement('script');
script.src = '';
script.crossOrigin = 'anonymous';
script.integrity = 'sha256-hwg4gsxgFZhOsEEamdOYGBf13FyQuiTwlAQgxVSNgt4=';

Instead, you can save this code in a Snippet and run it with a couple of button clicks, any time you need it. DevTools saves the Snippet to your file system. For example, examine a Snippet that inserts the jQuery library into a page.

A Snippet that inserts the jQuery library into a page.

To run a Snippet:

  • Open the file in the Snippets pane, and click Run The Run button. on the action bar at the bottom.
  • Open the Command Menu, delete the > character, type !, type the name of your Snippet, then press Enter.

See Run Snippets Of Code From Any Page to learn more.

Debug JavaScript

Rather than using console.log() to infer where your JavaScript is going wrong, consider using the Chrome DevTools debugging tools, instead. The general idea is to set a breakpoint, which is an intentional stopping place in your code, and then step through your code's execution, one line at a time.

Pausing at a breakpoint.

As you step through the code, you can view and change the values of all currently-defined properties and variables, run JavaScript in the Console, and more.

See Get Started With Debugging JavaScript to learn the basics of debugging in DevTools.

Focus only on your code

Chrome DevTools lets you focus only on the code you author by filtering out the noise generated by frameworks and build tools you leverage when building web applications.

To provide you with the modern web debugging experience, DevTools does the following:

Additionally, if supported by frameworks, the Call Stack in the debugger and stack traces in the Console show the full history of asynchronous operations.

To learn more, see:

Set up a Workspace

By default, when you edit a file in the Sources panel, those changes are lost when you reload the page. Workspaces enable you to save the changes that you make in DevTools to your file system. Essentially, this lets you use DevTools as your code editor.

See Edit Files With Workspaces to get started.