Web Apps Remote Debugging on Ubuntu Touch

If you are writing Web Apps for Ubuntu Touch, you might want to test them directly on the phone using the Ubuntu browser, this can be done by remotely debugging web pages using the built-in DevTools, which allow you to inspect, debug, and analyze the on-device experience with the full suite of tools you're used to.

Ubuntu Browser

The phablet-team PPA has the tools and dependencies for 12.04, 12.10, 13.04 and 13.10 to get everything setup:

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:phablet-team/tools
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install phablet-tools android-tools-adb android-tools-fastboot

Plug the device via the USB cable, then run the following commands to connect to it through ADB

$ adb shell

Switch to the phablet user :

$ sudo -u phablet -i

Take a note of your phone IP adresse :

$ ifconfig wlan0 | grep 'inet addr' | cut -d: -f2 | awk '{print $1}'

Once done launch the webbrowser app using :

$ upstart-app-launch webbrowser-app --inspector

A browser instance will launch on the phone, point to URL of your webapp then access the Devtools with your Chrome/ium browser by opening http://$YOUR-PHONE-IP:9221


The built-in Devtools is a bit old & slow so i am using the hosted version : https://chrome-devtools-frontend.appspot.com/static/30.0.1599.118/devtools.html?ws=$YOUR-PHONE-IP:9221/devtools/page/$PAGE-ID, you can get the page id from http://$YOUR-PHONE-IP:9221/pagelist.json