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chrome-launcher

Chrome Launcher Linux Build Status Windows Build Status NPM chrome-launcher package

Launch Google Chrome with ease from node.

  • Disables many Chrome services that add noise to automated scenarios
  • Opens up the browser's remote-debugging-port on an available port
  • Automagically locates a Chrome binary to launch
  • Uses a fresh Chrome profile for each launch, and cleans itself up on kill()
  • Binds Ctrl-C (by default) to terminate the Chrome process
  • Exposes a small set of options for configurability over these details

Once launched, interacting with the browser must be done over the devtools protocol, typically via chrome-remote-interface. For many cases Puppeteer is recommended, though it has its own chrome launching mechanism.

Installing

yarn add chrome-launcher
 
# or with npm: 
npm install chrome-launcher

API

.launch([opts])

Launch options

{
  // (optional) remote debugging port number to use. If provided port is already busy, launch() will reject
  // Default: an available port is autoselected
  port: number;
 
  // (optional) Additional flags to pass to Chrome, for example: ['--headless', '--disable-gpu']
  // See: https://github.com/GoogleChrome/chrome-launcher/blob/master/docs/chrome-flags-for-tools.md
  // Do note, many flags are set by default: https://github.com/GoogleChrome/chrome-launcher/blob/master/src/flags.ts
  chromeFlags: Array<string>;
 
  // (optional) Close the Chrome process on `Ctrl-C`
  // Default: true
  handleSIGINT: boolean;
 
  // (optional) Explicit path of intended Chrome binary
  // * If this `chromePath` option is defined, it will be used.
  // * Otherwise, the `CHROME_PATH` env variable will be used if set. (`LIGHTHOUSE_CHROMIUM_PATH` is deprecated)
  // * Otherwise, a detected Chrome Canary will be used if found
  // * Otherwise, a detected Chrome (stable) will be used
  chromePath: string;
 
  // (optional) Chrome profile path to use, if set to `false` then the default profile will be used.
  // By default, a fresh Chrome profile will be created
  userDataDir: string | boolean;
 
  // (optional) Starting URL to open the browser with
  // Default: `about:blank`
  startingUrl: string;
 
  // (optional) Logging level: verbose, info, error, silent
  // Default: 'info'
  logLevel: string;
 
  // (optional) Enable extension loading
  // Default: false
  enableExtensions: boolean;
 
  // (optional) Interval in ms, which defines how often launcher checks browser port to be ready.
  // Default: 500
  connectionPollInterval: number;
 
  // (optional) A number of retries, before browser launch considered unsuccessful.
  // Default: 50
  maxConnectionRetries: number;
 
  // (optional) A dict of environmental key value pairs to pass to the spawned chrome process.
  envVars: {[key: string]: string};
};

Launched chrome interface

.launch().then(chrome => ...

// The remote debugging port exposed by the launched chrome
chrome.port: number;
 
// Method to kill Chrome (and cleanup the profile folder)
chrome.kill: () => Promise<{}>;
 
// The process id
chrome.pid: number;
 
// The childProcess object for the launched Chrome
chrome.process: childProcess

Examples

Launching chrome:

const chromeLauncher = require('chrome-launcher');
 
chromeLauncher.launch({
  startingUrl: 'https://google.com'
}).then(chrome => {
  console.log(`Chrome debugging port running on ${chrome.port}`);
});

Launching headless chrome:

const chromeLauncher = require('chrome-launcher');
 
chromeLauncher.launch({
  startingUrl: 'https://google.com',
  chromeFlags: ['--headless', '--disable-gpu']
}).then(chrome => {
  console.log(`Chrome debugging port running on ${chrome.port}`);
});

Continuous Integration

In a CI environment like Travis, Chrome may not be installed. If you want to use chrome-launcher, Travis can install Chrome at run time with an addon. Alternatively, you can also install Chrome using the download-chrome.sh script.

Then in .travis.yml, use it like so:

language: node_js
install:
  - yarn install
before_script:
  - export DISPLAY=:99.0
  - export CHROME_PATH="$(pwd)/chrome-linux/chrome"
  - sh -e /etc/init.d/xvfb start
  - sleep 3 # wait for xvfb to boot 
 
addons:
  chrome: stable