Chrome HTTP/2 Log Parser
This post is really old! I've kept it around because it may still be interesting, but many things may be out of date.
When I wrote about HTTP/2 earlier this week, one of my complaints was that there wasn't a great way to visualize what was going on with an HTTP/2 connection — and that Chrome's dev tools often tell a story that seems to conflict with the story told by Chrome's net-internals log.
I spoke with Andy Davies the day after I published that post, and he pointed me to a tweet from Moto Ishizawa from October, showing a screenshot of an "HTTP/2 Stream Analyzer." As far as I can tell, the thing in the screenshot hasn't been released. I hope it will be, but in the meantime I've written chrome-http2-log-parser, a Node module that takes the text from Chrome's net-internals HTTP/2 tab and spits out more useful data, including some basic text visualizations.
If you're not familiar, the output of Chrome's HTTP/2 net-internals log, here's a little bit of one:
t= 6952 [st= 0] HTTP2_STREAM_UPDATE_RECV_WINDOW --> delta = 15663105 --> window_size = 15728640 t= 6952 [st= 0] HTTP2_SESSION_SENT_WINDOW_UPDATE_FRAME --> delta = 15663105 --> stream_id = 0 t= 6953 [st= 1] HTTP2_SESSION_SEND_HEADERS --> fin = true --> :authority: 18.104.22.168 :method: GET :path: /index-separate.html?push=/common/libs/combined.js :scheme: https accept: text/html,application/xhtml+xml,application/xml;q=0.9,image/webp,*/*;q=0.8 accept-encoding: gzip, deflate, sdch accept-language: en-US,en;q=0.8 upgrade-insecure-requests: 1 user-agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; Intel Mac OS X 10_11_1) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/46.0.2490.86 Safari/537.36 --> priority = 4 --> stream_id = 1 --> unidirectional = false t= 7020 [st= 68] HTTP2_SESSION_RECV_SETTINGS --> clear_persisted = false --> host = "22.214.171.124:443" t= 7020 [st= 68] HTTP2_SESSION_RECV_SETTING --> flags = 0 --> id = 2 --> value = 0
This goes on for hundreds of lines, making it essentially impossible to visualize what's happening.
The chrome-http2-log-parser module reads a file that contains this log and turns it into:
- An array of objects, one for each log entry.
- An object with a property for each stream ID, where the value of the property is an array of objects representing each log entry for the stream.
It also offers two text-based reporters (I'm hoping to also make an HTML reporter soon); they provide time-based visualizations of the data at a resolution of your choosing:
0: * 1: S R D D 2: PDR DDDD DDDDDD DDDDDD A 3: S DRDDDDDDDDDDDD 5: S R DDDDDDDDDD DDDD D 7: S R DDDDDDDD DDD D 9: S R DDDDDDDD DDD D 11: S R DDDDDD DD DDD D 13: S R DDDDDDDD DDDD D 15: S R DDDDDDDD DDD D 17: S R DDDDDDDD DDD D 19: S R DDDDD DDDDDDDD D 21: S R DDDDDDDDDDDDDD DD
You can grab it on npm — note that you'll need Node 4.2 or greater:
npm install chrome-http2-log-parser
If this is useful to you, I'd love to hear about it; likewise if you have ideas about how to make it better. I've written up a couple of TODO items at the end of the README, if you're so inclined :)
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