Compare HAR files
First: Shout out!
We couldn't built compare without the support or inspiration from the following people:
- Thank you Michael Mrowetz 🙇 for creating PerfCascade (the SVG HAR waterfall viewer).
- Thank you Patrick Meenan 🙇. Pat has built the HAR compare viewer in WebPageTest that inspired us to the idea with the slider.
If you like our project, please give them also some extra love :)
How it works
As long as your HAR files follow the HAR specification you can use them in Compare. Standard HARs will give you some basic functionality and HARs from WebPageTest and sitespeed.io will give you more.
HARs from Firefox/Chrome/Safari (and other browsers).
If you add a WebPageTest HAR we will show SpeedIndex and FirstVisualChange and if you used Chrome to collect CPU stats, we will show that too. You will get some extra sugar if your HAR is from WebPageTest! Do you have something else that we should add? Create an issue or send a PR!
If you deploy your result from your sitespeed.io run to a server and use --resultBaseURL when you run sitespeed.io, we will also pickup the screenshot, video and a link to the result page.
If you also run with --firstParty (adding a regex that show which assets that are first/third parties) we will will show data grouped by party.
How to use it
You can either upload two HAR files (drag/drop) or give the URL to two URLs hosted online. If your HAR got multiple pages/runs, you can use just one HAR file.
Or you can just copy/paste your HAR file into the start page of compare.sitespeed.io.
If you host your sitespeed.io result pages, you can copy/paste the URL to a page or to a specific run and Compare will automagically find the URL to the HAR file.
You can use a configuration JSON to choose which HAR files that will be tested. The minimal configuration needed:
But you can also add some extra sugar. All the extras are optional:
And then you can use your configuration file in different ways. You can copy/paste the configuration into the start page of compare.sitespeed.io.
Or you can use it like this: https://compare.sitespeed.io/?config=https://URL_TO_THE_CONFIG_FILE
You can checkout out our example: https://gist.github.com/soulgalore/94e4d997a78e03b32b939fcea63eae8e
You can also copy/paste gist id (or the full URL to the gist) into compare.sitespeed.io.
Thank you Matt Hobbs for sharing the gist idea!
Compare on the fly
You can also compare two HAR files on the fly without using a configuration file.
Add the parameters ?har1=FULL_URL1&har2=FULL_URL2&compare=1 and the two HAR files will be compared.
To run the project locally start a server with:
npm run develop
Send us a PR/create an issue. If you have big change coming up, please discuss it with us in an issue first!
Deploy your own version
Deploying your own version is easy:
- Clone the repo:
git clone firstname.lastname@example.org:sitespeedio/compare.git
cd compare && npm run build
- Copy everything in build/ to your server
We take your privacy really serious: We do not use any tracking software at all (no Google Analytics or any other tracking software) in compare.sitespeed.io. The page do no call home.
And you can deploy your own version of compare.sitespeed.io if you want to be 100% in control.
If you deploy your own version: please keep the original logo and the link to the project. We have spent a lot of our free time to work on this!