Arthur Denner

How to debug postMessages

How to debug postMessages

Log messages between pages and iframes or pop-ups

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monitorEvents(window, 'message')
// or
window.addEventListener('message', console.log)


From the MDN docs:

The window.postMessage() method safely enables cross-origin communication between Window objects; e.g., between a page and a pop-up that it spawned, or between a page and an iframe embedded within it.

That's pretty cool, right?


Here is a demo of postMessage usage.


But how can we debug these messages?

Run the following in the Console tab:

// On Safari and Chromium-based browsers
monitorEvents(window, 'message')

// On Firefox
window.addEventListener('message', console.log)
// ^ It works in all the other browsers too

If you're testing in CodeSandbox, run the command in the Console of its detached window.


After the setup, when receiving messages, you should see something like this:


That's it!

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