The XDN Devtools is a widget that helps developers understand how their site interacts with the XDN, including:

  • Edge and browser caching
  • Prefetching
  • The flow of responses from serverless to the edge and browser caches


Live demo of XDN Devtools running on a React Storefront site

It's likely that the Devtools was added to your app when you ran xdn init. If that's not the case, or your app predates XDN v2.22.0, follow these steps to add the Devtools to your app:

In order to enable the XDN Devtools, first ensure that the @xdn/devtools and @xdn/prefetch packages have been added to your project. To install them using NPM, run:

npm i -D @xdn/devtools @xdn/prefetch

Or with Yarn:

yarn add --dev @xdn/devtools @xdn/prefetch

Note: you can skip this step if you are using @xdn/next or @xdn/nuxt

Add the following to your client JavaScript bundle:

import installDevtools from '@xdn/devtools/install'


Alternatively, you can add the following script tag to your app's HTML:

  <script defer src="/__xdn__/devtools/install.js"></script>

Then, if you haven't already, enable @xdn/prefetch in your service worker. See Prefetching for more information on enabling @xdn/prefetch.

By default, XDN Devtools is enabled when your app is served from localhost, or any * domain.

To customize when the XDN Devtools appear:

Using the XDN Developer Console, navigate to your environment and create an environment variable named PREVIEW_XDN_DEVTOOLS_ENABLED. Set the value to true or false to explicitly enable or disable the Devtools on the given environment.

Point your browser to /__xdn__/devtools/enable or /__xdn__/devtools/disable to explicitly enable or disable the XDN Devtools for your browsing session. This takes precedence over the environment config and the domain default.

If the Devtools were previously enabled and you disable them, you may want to remove the service worker to get rid of the Devtools-specific route handlers that were installed on-demand when enabling it. This can be done using the Application tab in Chrome Developer Tools.