How to use Omnibug in Chrome

This article covers how to install and open Omnibug within Chrome. You should have already installed Omnibug, but if you haven't, please be sure to see the installation page for how to install Omnibug.

Once Omnibug has been installed, go to Chrome's extension page which can be visited by going to the main Chrome menu, "More tools", and finally "Extensions". You can also visit it by entering chrome://extensions/ into the URL bar. On the extensions page, you should see Omnibug listed (you can also search for it).

The Chrome extensions page
You should see the Omnibug extension listed in your extensions.

In the figure above, there are two main points to make sure of. Clicking Details (1) will let you update various settings, and the checkbox in the lower right corner (2) should be checked, otherwise Omnibug will be disabled and will not work. Clicking on the details (1) should open a new modal window with information about Omnibug, as well as a few links. Click on this.

Omnibug extension details
The Omnibug extension details page.

On the details page, the Allow in incognito checkbox (1) can be checked if you want to allow Omnibug to work in Chrome's incognito mode. It is recommended that you allow this, but not required if you do not use Chrome's incognito mode. Clicking on the Extension options (2) will let you set Omnibug-specific settings. Learn more about these settings.

Now that we've explored the settings and extension details pages, let's get into how to use Omnibug. Omnibug primarily runs as a developer tools panel. You can open the developer tools via multiple ways:

  • Pressing F12
  • Pressing ctrl + shift + j (ctrl + option + j for Mac)
  • Right clicking on the page, then going to "Inspect Element"
  • Opening Chrome's main menu > "More Tools" > "Developer Tools"

Each browser tab or window can have their own developer tools window opened, so be sure to open the developer tools for the correct window!

Once you've opened the developer tools, there should be a tab named "Omnibug". Click on that and you'll have opened Omnibug! From there, Omnibug will listen to the page for requests and display them in the developer tools window.

The Omnibug tab within the developer tools