What's New In DevTools (Chrome 79)

Published on

Interested in helping improve DevTools? Sign up to participate in Google User Research here.

New features for cookies

Debug why a cookie was blocked

After recording network activity, select a network resource and then navigate to the updated Cookies tab to understand why that resource's request or response cookies were blocked. See Changes to the default behavior without SameSite to understand why you might be seeing more blocked cookies in Chrome 76 and later.

The Cookies tab.

The Cookies tab.

  • Yellow Request Cookies were not sent over the wire. These are hidden by default. Click show filtered out request cookies to show them.
  • Yellow Response Cookies were sent over the wire but not stored.
  • Hover over More Information info to learn why a cookie was blocked.
  • Most of the data in the Request Cookies and Response Cookies tables comes from the resource's HTTP headers. The Domain, Path, and Expires/Max-Age data comes from the Chrome DevTools Protocol.

Chromium issues #856777, #993843

View cookie values

Click a row in the Cookies pane to view the value of that cookie.

Viewing the value of a cookie.

Viewing the value of a cookie.

Note: The main difference between the Cookies tab in the Network panel and the Cookies pane in the Application panel is that the Cookies pane in the Application panel lets you edit and delete cookies.

Chromium issue #462370

Simulate different prefers-color-scheme and prefers-reduced-motion preferences

The prefers-color-scheme media query lets you match your site's style to your user's preferences. For example, if the prefers-color-scheme: dark media query is true, it means that your user has set their operating system to dark mode and prefers dark mode UIs.

Open the Command Menu, run the Show Rendering command, and then set the Emulate CSS media feature prefers-color-scheme dropdown to debug your prefers-color-scheme: dark and prefers-color-scheme: light styles.

prefers-color-scheme: dark

When prefers-color-scheme: dark is set (middle box) the Styles pane (right box) shows the CSS that gets applied when that media query is true and the viewport shows the dark mode styles (left box).

You can also simulate prefers-reduced-motion: reduce using the Emulate CSS media feature prefers-reduced-motion dropdown next to the Emulate CSS media feature prefers-color-scheme dropdown.

Chromium issue #1004246

Timezone emulation

The Sensors tab now lets you not only override geolocation, but also emulate arbitrary timezones and test the impact on your web apps. Perhaps surprisingly, this new feature improves the reliability of geolocation emulation as well: previously, web apps could detect location spoofing by matching the location against the user's local timezone. Now that geolocation and timezone emulation are coupled, this category of mismatches is eliminated.

Code coverage updates

The Coverage tab can help you find unused JavaScript and CSS.

The Coverage tab now uses new colors to represent used and unused code. This color combination is proven to be more accessible for people with color vision deficiencies. The red bar on the left represents unused code, and the bluish bar on the right represents used code.

The new coverage type filter text box lets you filter for coverage information by its type: display only JavaScript coverage, only CSS, or display all types of coverage.

The Coverage tab.

The Coverage tab.

The Sources panel displays code coverage data when it is available. Clicking the red or bluish marks next to the line number opens the Coverage tab and highlights the file.

Coverage data in the Sources panel.

Coverage data in the Sources panel. Line 8 is an example of unused code. Line 11 is an example of used code.

Chromium issues #1003671, #1004185

Debug why a network resource was requested

After recording network activity, select a network resource and then navigate to the Initiator tab to understand why the resource was requested. The Request call stack section describes the JavaScript call stack leading up to the network request.

The Initiator tab.

The Initiator tab.

Note: You can also access this data by hovering over the Initiator column in the Network Log. We added the Initiator tab because it's more accessible.

Chromium issues 963183, 842488

Console and Sources panels respect indentation preferences again

For a long time DevTools has had a setting to customize your indentation preference to 2 spaces, 4 spaces, 8 spaces, or tabs. Recently the setting was essentially useless because the Console and Sources panels were ignoring the setting. This bug is now fixed.

Go to Settings > Preferences > Sources > Default Indentation to set your preference.

Chromium issue #977394

New shortcuts for cursor navigation

Press Control+P in the Console or Sources panels to move your cursor to the line above. Press Control+N to move your cursor to the line below.

Chromium issue #983874

Download the preview channels

Consider using the Chrome Canary, Dev or Beta as your default development browser. These preview channels give you access to the latest DevTools features, test cutting-edge web platform APIs, and find issues on your site before your users do!

Getting in touch with the Chrome DevTools team

Use the following options to discuss the new features and changes in the post, or anything else related to DevTools.

  • Submit a suggestion or feedback to us via crbug.com.
  • Report a DevTools issue using the More options   More   > Help > Report a DevTools issues in DevTools.
  • Tweet at @ChromeDevTools.
  • Leave comments on our What's new in DevTools YouTube videos.

What's New in DevTools

A list of everything that has been covered in the What's New In DevTools series.

Chrome 97

Chrome 96

Chrome 95

Chrome 94

Chrome 93

Chrome 92

Chrome 91

Chrome 90

Chrome 89

Chrome 88

Chrome 87

Chrome 86

Chrome 85

Chrome 84

Chrome 83

Chrome 82

Chrome 82 was cancelled.

Chrome 81

Chrome 80

Chrome 79

Chrome 78

Chrome 77

Chrome 76

Chrome 75

Chrome 74

Chrome 73

Chrome 72

Chrome 71

Chrome 70

Chrome 68

Chrome 67

Chrome 66

Chrome 65

Chrome 64

Chrome 63

Chrome 62

Chrome 61

Chrome 60

Chrome 59

Last updated: Improve article

We serve cookies on this site to analyze traffic, remember your preferences, and optimize your experience.