We’ve made an entirely new version of the devtools, and we want you to try it out!
Why entirely new?
Perhaps the biggest reason was to create a defined API for dealing with internals, so that other tools could benefit as well and not have to depend on implementation details. This gives us more freedom to refactor things internally without worrying about breaking tooling.
The current version of the devtools is a fork of Blink’s “Elements” pane, and is imperative, mutation-driven, and tightly integrated with Chrome-specific APIs. The new devtools are much less coupled to Chrome, and easier to reason about thanks to React.
What are the benefits?
- 100% React
- Firefox compatible
- React Native compatible
- more extensible & hackable
Are there any new features?
The Tree View
Much richer view of your props, including the contents of objects and arrays
Custom components are emphasized, native components are de-emphasized
Stateful components have a red collapser
Improved keyboard navigation (hjkl or arrow keys)
Selected component is available in the console as
Props that change highlight in green
- Scroll node into view
- Show the source for a component in the “Sources” pane
- Show the element in the “Elements” pane
Select the search bar (or press ”/”), and start searching for a component by name.
The Side Pane
- Now shows the
contextfor a component
- Right-click to store a prop/state value as a global variable
How do I install it?
First, disable the Chrome web store version, or it will break things. Then
download the .crx and
drag it into your
chrome://extensions page. If it’s not working to drag it
from the downloads bar, try opening your downloads folder and drag it from
Once we’ve determined that there aren’t any major regressions, we’ll update the official web store version, and everyone will be automatically upgraded.
We also have an initial version of the devtools for Firefox, which you can download from the same release page.
August 12, 2015
A second beta is out, with a number of bugfixes. It is also listed on the releases page.