webkit-devtools-agent

Webkit devtools agent that leverages remote debugging and profiling of nodejs applications using the built-in webkit inspector.

Node Webkit Agent

This module is an implementation of Chrome developer tools protocol. It is still pretty much a work in progress and only heap and CPU profilers are working right now. Help is wanted to finish implementing debugger, networking and console agents as well as a implementing from scratch a flamegraphs agent.

This module allows you to debug and profile remotely your nodejs applications leveraging the following features by re-using the built-in devtools front-end that comes with any webkit-based browsers such as Chrome or Safari.

  • Remote heap and CPU profiling
  • More agents are coming.

npm install webkit-devtools-agent

From within your Node application, just require the module as usual, and start the agent. For example:

var agent = require('webkit-devtools-agent');
agent.start()

Once the agent is initiated, use any of the following hosted Devtools UIs to profile your application.

Node v0.6.x: http://c4milo.github.io/node-webkit-agent/19.0.1084.46/inspector.html?host=localhost:9999&page=0

Node v0.8.x and v0.10.x: http://c4milo.github.io/node-webkit-agent/26.0.1410.65/inspector.html?host=localhost:9999&page=0

You can also use your browser's devtools frontend. It's important to make sure your browser supports websockets, otherwise the UI won't be able to connect to the node agent whatsoever.

You can also change the agent port and binding address where it listen to by setting up the following parameters:

  • port: The port for the Devtools UI to connect to using websockets. Set to 9999 by default
  • bind_to: The host or IP address where the websockets service is going to be bound to. Set to 0.0.0.0 by default
  • ipc_port: IPC port for internal use. Set to 3333 by default
  • verbose: Whether to log more information or not. Set to false by default

See the example below to understand better how to set these parameters.

A more elaborated example looks like:

 
var agent = require('./index');
 
// Assume this HTTP service is your service 
var http = require('http');
http.createServer(function (reqres) {
    console.log('boooo');
    res.writeHead(200, {'Content-Type': 'text/plain'});
    res.end('Hello World\n');
}).listen(9000, '127.0.0.1');
console.log('Server running at http://127.0.0.1:9000/ , pid-> ' + process.pid);
 
// Now let's have a signal handler for SIGUSR2 that is going 
// to activate the devtools agent. You can use any other means to activate 
// the agent, not just signal handlers. 
process.on('SIGUSR2', function () {
  if (agent.server) {
    agent.stop();
  } else {
    agent.start({
        port: 9999,
        bind_to: '0.0.0.0',
        ipc_port: 3333,
        verbose: true
    });
  }
});
 
 

ABI compatibility breaks between Node v0.6.x and v0.8.x. Therefore, if you switch Node versions you would have to re-install webkit-devtools-agent again. See issue #11.

Happy Debugging!

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