[webkit-help] WebKit Remote Web Inspector

Benjamin Poulain benjamin at webkit.org
Fri Jun 20 16:56:11 PDT 2014

On 6/20/14, 4:11 PM, Vienneau, Christopher wrote:
> I’m investigating the possibility of getting access to the “Web
> Inspector” UI http://trac.webkit.org/wiki/WebInspector#no1 remotely via
> another browser/process.  This is useful when attempting to debug a page
> on a device that doesn’t have the same screen real estate as your PC,
> such as a mobile device.  I’m familiar with “Weinre”
> http://people.apache.org/~pmuellr/weinre/docs/latest/Home.html which
> offers many of the features of Web Inspector in a fashion that I’m
> talking about; but some important elements are missing, such as
> profiling and java script debugging.  I found “heX”
> https://github.com/netease-youdao/hex is able to do what I want, but I
> would like to be able to accomplish the same thing from WebKit itself,
> since the target platform isn’t on the pc.  Searching through the WebKit
> source code I can’t find any trace of it having the ability to open a
> listening port to have a debugging client attach.
> Is such a thing already possible?  The docs, and older mail threads
> suggested that remote operation was once a goal of Web Inspector, does
> work continue on this vein? Please offer any suggestions on how this
> might be accomplished.

That is the way the inspector works nowadays. Looks for RemoteInspector 
in JavaScriptCore.

On OS X, you can use Safari's inspector to inspect your own apps 
(running on iOS or OS X).


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