DevTools Remote

Debug your browser tabs remotely via Chrome DevTools.

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Kenneth AuchenbergMaker@auchenberg · Program Manager, Microsoft
Hi Hunters, I'm Kenneth, the author of DevTools Remote. It's a simple tool that allows users to share access to a given browser tab, so it can be remote debugged. Think about the typical support scenario where the support agent would like to see the error, or that pair programming session where stuff doesn't work in your browser tab. With DevTools Remote, you click a button, and share a unique link to your colleague or support agent, and they have access. Even screencasting from Chrome DevTools is working! /k
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James Campbell@jcampbell_05 · Founder, Bottr.co
@auchenberg Such a great idea !
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Kenneth AuchenbergMaker@auchenberg · Program Manager, Microsoft
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João Antunes@joantune · co partner, Survs
@auchenberg Awesome idea! I actually thought of a 'remote web view' like product 3 years ago for a support scenario, i.e. one would go through the sequence of pages with the user, and see what's up. Adding DevTools support is the cherry on top of that cake. I thought of doing it myself, life got in the way and I ended up with this empty repository instead https://github.com/joantune/webR... :D But I'm super psyched that someone did it, I will share it with my colleagues at my previous job, for whom it will probably be useful (that's where the inspiration for the idea came from). A kind of a top of the head idea, that might be useful [or not really because everyone has alternate communication methods] would be adding functionalities from: https://togetherjs.com/.
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João Antunes@joantune · co partner, Survs
@auchenberg "Life got in the way" and I didn't know that Chrome's extension API made it easier than my original idea (that was to be passing a serialized version of the DOM). Well done
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Kenneth AuchenbergMaker@auchenberg · Program Manager, Microsoft
@joantune Interesting! Great to hear I'm not alone with this idea :) I think the really interesting perspective is if we exposed an API to access remote debugging from all web apps. This could enable companies like Zendesk to remote support, etc. Imagine combining it with WebRTC for remote device diagnostics.
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Dan@gibberish · Engineer of Internet Things
I see this to be extremely useful internally with teams for quick debugging, great work!
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Adam Lehman@adrocknaphobia · Product Manager, Adobe
Indispensable! Just wish there was something like this for Edge and Firefox.
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Kenneth AuchenbergMaker@auchenberg · Program Manager, Microsoft
@adrocknaphobia Indeed, would be super useful. We could easily make it happen by introducing similar API's in other browsers.
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João Antunes@joantune · co partner, Survs
@auchenberg @adrocknaphobia Well, god and millions of developers know that this would have been awesome for old versions of Internet Explorer :D (had to make that joke) but sure Microsoft can make it up to us developers if it implements such APIs on Edge :P
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Aphects@aphects · Web Developer, Franco's Lab
Perfect! I was looking for this, this past weekend. Life saver.
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Franco Bouly@rayfranco · Interactive Developer
Good idea. A great feature would be the ability to remotely debug Chrome iOS too.
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Kenneth AuchenbergMaker@auchenberg · Program Manager, Microsoft
@rayfranco Indeed. Sadly Chrome on iOS is a wrapped UIWebView from Safari, so there isn't much we can do, until Apple allow other browser engines on iOS.