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New features and major changes coming to Chrome DevTools in Chrome 71 include:

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Hover over a Live Expression to highlight a DOM node

When a Live Expression evaluates to a DOM node, hover over the Live Expression result to highlight that node in the viewport.

Figure 1. Hovering over a Live Expression result to highlight the node in the viewport

Store DOM nodes as global variables

To store a DOM node as a global variable, run an expression in the Console that evaluates to a node, right-click the result, and then select Store as a global variable.

Figure 2. Store as a global variable in the Console

Or, right-click the node in the DOM Tree and select Store as a global variable.

Figure 3. Store as a global variable in the DOM Tree

Initiator and priority information now in HAR imports and exports

If you’d like to diagnose network logs with colleagues, you can export the network requests to a HAR file.

Figure 8. Exporting network requests to a HAR file

To import the file back into the Network panel, just drag and drop it.

When you export a HAR file, DevTools now includes initiator and priority information in the HAR file. When you import HAR files back into DevTools, the Initiator and Priority columns are now populated.

The _initiator field provides more context around what caused the resource to be requested. This maps to the Initiator column in the Requests table.


DevTools (Chrome 71/84.0.4147.89) 2020 Latest Free Download

Figure 9. The initiator column

You can also hold Shift and hover over a request to view its initiator and dependencies.

Figure 10. Viewing initiators and dependencies

The _priority field states what priority level the browser assigned to the resource. This maps to the Priority column in the Requests table, which is hidden by default.

Figure 11. The Priority column

Right-click the header of the Requests table and select Priority to show the Priority column.

Figure 12. How to show the Priority column notes: The _initiator and _priority fields begin with underscores because the HAR spec states that custom fields must begin with underscores.

Access the Command Menu from the Main Menu

Use the Command Menu for a fast way to access DevTools panels, tabs, and features.

Figure 13. The Command Menu

You can now open the Command Menu from the Main Menu. Click the Main Menu button and select the Run command.

Figure 14. Opening the Command Menu from the Main Menu

Picture-in-Picture breakpoints

Picture-in-Picture is a new experimental API that enables a page to create a floating video window over the desktop.

Enable the enterpictureinpictureleave ctureinpicture, and resize checkboxes in the Event Listener Breakpoints pane to pause whenever one of these picture-in-picture events fires. DevTools pauses on the first line of the handler.

Figure 16. Picture-in-Picture events in the Event Listener Breakpoints pane

(Bonus Tip) Run monitor events() in the Console to watch an element’s events fire

Note: This section covers a lesser-known feature that has been in DevTools for a long time.

Suppose you want to add a red border around a button after focusing it and pressing R, E, D, but you don’t know what events to add listeners to. Use monitor events() to log all of the element’s events to the Console.

  1. Get a reference to the node.

Figure 17. Using the Store as a global variable to get a reference to the node

  1. Pass the node as the first argument to monitors events().

Figure 18. Passing the node to monitors events()

  1. Interact with the node. DevTools logs all of the node’s events to the Console.

Figure 19. The node’s events in the Console

Call unmonitorEvents() to stop logging events to the Console.


Pass an array as the second argument to monitors events() if you only want to monitor certain events or types of events:

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monitor events(temp1, [‘mouse’, ‘focus’]);

The mouse type tells DevTools to log all mouse-related events, such as mouse down and click. Other supported types are key, touch, and control.

Check out Command Line Reference for other handy functions that you can call from the Console.


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Consider Canary

If you’re on Mac or Windows, consider using Chrome Canary as your default development browser. Canary gives you access to the latest DevTools features.

Note: Canary is released as soon as it is built, without testing. This means that Canary breaks about once-a-month. It’s usually fixed within a day. You can go back to using Chrome Stable while the Canary is broken.

Discover other DevTools features

Below is a list of everything that’s been covered in the What’s New In DevTools series.

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Chrome 71

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Chrome 68

Chrome 67

Chrome 66

it is new and important

  • Black boxing in the Network panel.
  • Auto-adjust zooming in Device Mode.
  • Pretty-printing in the Preview and Response tabs.
  • Previewing HTML content in the Preview tab.
  • Local Overrides support for styles inside of HTML.
  • (Bonus Tip) Blackbox framework scripts to make the Event Listener Breakpoints more useful.

Chrome 65

  • Local Overrides.
  • New accessibility tools.
  • The Changes tab.
  • New SEO and performance audits.
  • Multiple recordings in the Performance panel.
  • Reliable code stepping with workers in async code.
Chrome 64
  • Performance Monitor.
  • Console Sidebar.
  • Group similar Console messages.
Chrome 63
  • Multi-client remote debugging support.
  • Workspaces 2.0.
  • 4 new audits.
  • Simulate push notifications with custom data.
  • Trigger background sync events with custom tags.

Chrome 62

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  • Top-level await in the Console.
  • New screenshot workflows.
  • CSS Grid highlighting.
  • A new Console API for querying objects.
  • New Console filters.
  • HAR imports in the Network panel.
  • Previewable cache resources.
  • More predictable cache debugging.
  • Block-level code coverage.

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