WebPageTest adds support for Chrome

by Josh Fraser on March 17, 2011

We’ve written before about how much we love WebPageTest. Patrick Meenan has been at it again with another great update to the service. WebPageTest now has support for Google Chrome. For now, it’s limited to version 10 of the browser and is only available from the Dulles location. It sounds like it’s still a work in progress, but we’re excited to be able to do speed tests in one of our favorite browsers. It also sounds like support for additional browsers is coming soon. Patrick posted the following list of what’s available today and warned that he expects demand to be high over the first few days.

What Works:
- Testing URLs (no scripts)
- Dynamic bandwidth/dummynet
- First/Repeat view (entire profile is cleared out between runs)
- Optionally ending tests at document complete
- Packet Captures
- Screen captures
- Start render detection
- Video capture

What doesn’t:
- Optimization checks
- HTTPS
- SPDY
- Scripts
- Custom end conditions (DOM elements, etc)
- Content blocking
- HTTP Basic auth tests
- AFT
- DNS or Socket connect errors will not show up in the waterfall

We’re looking forward to checking out the new functionality. It will be particularly interesting to compare the results with the recently launched IE 9 from Microsoft.


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