Firefox DevTools User Docs¶
This section contains detailed guides to all of the tools as well as information on how to debug Firefox for Android, how to extend DevTools, and how to debug the browser as a whole.
If you have any feedback on DevTools or want to contribute to the project, you can join the DevTools community.
If you are just getting started with web development and using developer tools, our learning docs will help you — see Getting started with the Web and What are browser developer tools? for good starting points.
The Core Tools¶
You can open the Firefox Developer Tools from the menu by selecting Tools > Web Developer > Web Developer Tools or use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + Shift + I or F12 on Windows and Linux, or Cmd + Opt + I on macOS.
The ellipsis menu on the right-hand side of Developer Tools contains several commands that let you perform actions or change tool settings.
This button only appears when there are multiple iframes on a page. Click it to display a list of the iframes on the current page and select the one with which you want to work.
Click this button to take a screenshot of the current page. (Note: This feature is not turned on by default and must be enabled in settings before the icon will appear.)
Toggles Responsive Design Mode
Opens the menu that includes docking options, the ability to show or hide the split console, and Developer Tools settings. The menu also includes links to the documentation for Firefox Web Tools and the Mozilla Community.
Closes the Developer Tools
View and edit page content and layout. Visualize many aspects of the page including the box model, animations, and grid layouts
See the network requests made when a page is loaded.
Responsive Design Mode¶
See how your website or app will look and behave on different devices and network types.
Provides a means to access the page’s accessibility tree, allowing you to check what’s missing or otherwise needs attention.
The collective term for the UI inside which the DevTools all live is the Toolbox
These developer tools are also built into Firefox. Unlike the “Core Tools” above, you might not use them every day.
Figure out which objects are keeping memory in use.
Inspect cookies, local storage, indexedDB, and session storage present in a page.
Inspect the page’s DOM properties, functions, etc.
Select a color from the page.
View and edit CSS styles for the current page.
Take a screenshot of the entire page or of a single element.
Measure a specific area of a web page.
Overlay horizontal and vertical rulers on a web page
Customize the way objects are displayed within the DevTools.
For the latest developer tools and features, try Firefox Developer Edition.
Connecting the Developer Tools¶
If you open the developer tools using keyboard shortcuts or the equivalent menu items, they’ll target the document hosted by the currently active tab. But you can attach the tools to a variety of other targets, too, both within the current browser and in different browsers or even different devices.
Debug add-ons, content tabs, and workers running in the browser.
Connect the developer tools to an instance of Firefox running on an Android device.
Connect the developer tools to a specific iframe in the current page.
Debugging the browser¶
By default, the developer tools are attached to a web page or web app. But you can also connect them to the browser as a whole. This is useful for browser and add-on development.
Attach the Developer Tools to the browser itself.
Migrating from Firebug¶
Firebug has come to the end of its lifespan (see Firebug lives on in Firefox DevTools for details of why), and we appreciate that some people will find migrating to another less familiar set of DevTools to be challenging. To ease a transition from Firebug to the Firefox developer tools, we have written a handy guide — Migrating from Firebug
If you want to help improve the developer tools, these resources will get you started.
Our community website explains how to get involved.
A tool helping to find bugs to work on.
Firefox DevTools source code documentation.