Chrome DevTools frontend
The client-side of the Chrome DevTools, including all JS & CSS to run the DevTools webapp.
The version number of the npm package (e.g.
1.0.373466) refers to the Chromium commit position of latest frontend git commit. It's incremented with every Chromium commit, however the package is updated roughly daily.
The frontend is available through a git subtree mirror on chromium.googlesource.com, with a regularly updating GitHub mirror at github.com/ChromeDevTools/devtools-frontend. The codebase's true location is in
third_party/blink/renderer/devtools/ in Chromium's git repo.
- Clone the repo
- Go to repo root and run:
- This launches Chrome Canary and starts the dev server with 1 command
- Go to http://localhost:9222#custom=true&experiments=true
Power user tips:
You can customize the port for the dev server: e.g.
PORT=8888 npm start.
You can also launch chrome and start the server separately:
npm run chrome
npm run server
When you start Chrome separately, you can pass extra args to Chrome:
npm run chrome -- https://news.ycombinator.com
(e.g. this launches Hacker News on startup)
If you want to reset your development profile for Chrome, pass in "--reset-profile":
npm start -- --reset-profile
npm run chrome -- --reset-profile
- DevTools documentation: devtools.chrome.com
- Debugging protocol docs and Chrome Debugging Protocol Viewer
- awesome-chrome-devtools: recommended tools and resources
- Contributing to DevTools: bit.ly/devtools-contribution-guide
- Contributing To Chrome DevTools Protocol: docs.google.com
Simpler npm commands w/
If you want to run these npm commands anywhere in the chromium repo (e.g. in chromium/src), you'll want to setup our
dtrun CLI helper.
npm run setup-dtrun
Now, you can use any of the following commands by simply doing:
In addition, you no longer need to pass double dashes (e.g.
--) before you pass in the flags. So you can do:
dtrun test -d inspector/test.html.
npm run format
Formats your code using clang-format
npm run format-py
Formats your Python code using yapf
Note: Yapf is a command line tool. You will have to install this manually, either from PyPi through
pip install yapfor if you want to enable multiprocessing in Python 2.7,
pip install futures
Builds devtools and runs all inspector/devtools web tests.
Note: If you're using a full chromium checkout and compiled content shell in out/Release, then
npm testuses that. Otherwise, with only a front-end checkout (i.e. cloning from GitHub), then
npm testwill fetch a previously compiled content shell from the cloud (and cache it for future test runs).
npm test basics
# run specific tests npm test -- inspector/sources inspector/console # debug a specific test. Any one of: npm run debug-test inspector/cookie-resource-match.html npm test -- --debug-devtools inspector/cookie-resource-match.html npm test -- -d inspector/cookie-resource-match.html # pass in additional flags to the test harness npm test -- -f --child-processes=16 # ...for example, use a higher test timeout npm test -- --time-out-ms=6000000 <test_path>
# If you're using a full chromium checkout and have a compiled content shell, # this will fetch a pre-compiled content shell. This is useful if you # haven't compiled your content shell recently npm test -- --fetch-content-shell
# If you're using a build sub-directory that's not out/Release, # such as out/Default, then use --target=SUB_DIRECTORY_NAME npm test -- --target=Default
- All devtools commits: View the log, RSS feed or @DevToolsCommits on Twitter
- All open DevTools tickets on crbug.com
- File a new DevTools ticket: new.crbug.com
- Code reviews mailing list: email@example.com
Getting in touch
@ChromeDevTools on Twitter
Chrome DevTools mailing list: groups.google.com/forum/google-chrome-developer-tools