javascript debugging - google chrome extension::console.log()from background page?

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You can still use console.log(), but it gets logged into a separate console. In order to view it - right click on the extension icon and select "Inspect popup".

If I call console.log('something'); from the popup page, or any script included off that it works fine.

However as the background page is not directly run off the popup page it is not included in the console.

Is there a way that I can get console.log()'s in the background page to show up in the console for the popup page?

is there any way to, from the background page call a function in the popup page?

Throwing obvious answer here just in case. You know that you can open background page's console if you click on "background.html" link in the extensions list, right?


To access the background page that corresponds to your extensions open Settings / Extensions or open a new tab and enter chrome://extensions. You will see something like this screenshot.

Under your extension click on the link background page. This opens a new window. For the context menu sample the window has the title: _generated_background_page.html.

In relation to the original question I'd like to add to the accepted answer by Mohamed Mansour that there is also a way to make this work the other way around:

You can access other extension pages (i.e. options page, popup page) from within the background page/script with the chrome.extension.getViews() call. As described here.

 // overwrite the console object with the right one.
var optionsPage = (  chrome.extension.getViews()  
                 &&  (chrome.extension.getViews().length > 1)  ) 
                ? chrome.extension.getViews()[1] : null;

 // safety precaution.
if (optionsPage) {
  var console = optionsPage.console;

Try this, if you want to log to the active page's console:

    code: 'console.log("addd")'

The simplest solution would be to add the following code on the top of the file. And than you can use all full Chrome console api as you would normally.

 console = chrome.extension.getBackgroundPage().console;
// for instance, console.assert(1!=1) will return assertion error
// console.log("msg") ==> prints msg
// etc

To answer your question directly, when you call console.log("something") from the background, this message is logged, to the background page's console. To view it, you may go to chrome://extensions/ and click on that inspect view under your extension.

When you click the popup, it's loaded into the current page, thus the console.log should show log message in the current page.

Any extension page (except content scripts) has direct access to the background page via chrome.extension.getBackgroundPage().

That means, within the popup page, you can just do:


To make it easier to use:

var bkg = chrome.extension.getBackgroundPage();

Now if you want to do the same within content scripts you have to use Message Passing to achieve that. The reason, they both belong to different domains, which make sense. There are many examples in the Message Passing page for you to check out.

Hope that clears everything.

I was unable to find any definitive documentation on valid date formats so I wrote my own test to see what is supported in various browsers.

My results concluded the following formats are valid in all browsers that I tested (examples use the date "9th August 2013"):

[Full Year]/[Month]/[Date number] - Month can be either the number with or without a leading zero or the month name in short or long format, and date number can be with or without a leading zero.

  • 2013/08/09
  • 2013/08/9
  • 2013/8/09
  • 2013/8/9
  • 2013/August/09
  • 2013/August/9
  • 2013/Aug/09
  • 2013/Aug/9

[Month]/[Full Year]/[Date Number] - Month can be either the number with or without a leading zero or the month name in short or long format, and date number can be with or without a leading zero.

  • 08/2013/09
  • 08/2013/9
  • 8/2013/09
  • 8/2013/9
  • August/2013/09
  • August/2013/9
  • Aug/2013/09
  • Aug/2013/9

Any combination of [Full Year], [Month Name] and [Date Number] separated by spaces - Month name can be in either short or long format, and date number can be with or without a leading zero.

  • 2013 August 09
  • August 2013 09
  • 09 August 2013
  • 2013 Aug 09
  • Aug 9 2013
  • 2013 9 Aug
  • etc...

Also valid in "modern browsers" (or in other words all browsers except IE9 and below)

[Full Year]-[Month Number]-[Date Number] - Month and Date Number must include leading zeros (this is the format that the MySQL Date type uses)

  • 2013-08-09

Using month names:
Interestingly, when using month names I discovered that only the first 3 characters of the month name are ever used so all the of the following are perfectly valid:

new Date('9 August 2013');
new Date('9 Aug 2013');
new Date('9 Augu 2013');
new Date('9 Augustagfsdgsd 2013');

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