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  1. app/
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  3. cipd/
  4. common/
  5. fidl/
  6. net_http/
  7. service/
  9. DEPS
  10. OWNERS

Chromium web_runner

This directory contains the web_runner implementation. Web_runner enables Fuchsia applications to embed Chrome frames for rendering web content.

Building and deploying web_runner

When you build web_runner, Chromium will automatically generate scripts for you that will automatically provision a device with Fuchsia and then install web_runner and its dependencies.

To build and run web_runner, follow these steps:

  1. Ensure that you have a device ready to boot into Fuchsia.

    If you wish to have WebRunner manage the OS deployment process, then you should have the device booting into Zedboot.

  2. Build web_runner.

    $ autoninja -C out/Debug webrunner
  3. Install web_runner.

    • For devices running Zedboot

      $ out/Debug/bin/install_webrunner -d
    • For devices already running Fuchsia

      You will need to add command line flags specifying the device's IP
      address and the path to the `ssh_config` used by the device
      (located at `FUCHSIA_OUT_DIR/ssh-keys/ssh_config`):
      $ out/Debug/bin/install_webrunner -d --ssh-config PATH_TO_SSH_CONFIG
      --host DEVICE_IP
  4. Run “tiles” on the device.

    $ run tiles&
  5. Press the OS key on your device to switch back to terminal mode. (Also known as the “Windows key” or “Super key” on many keyboards).

  6. Launch a webpage.

    $ tiles_ctl add
  7. Press the OS key to switch back to graphical view. The browser window should be displayed and ready to use.

  8. You can deploy and run new versions of Chromium without needing to reboot.

    First kill any running processes:

    $ killall chromium; killall web_runner

    Then repeat steps 1 through 6 from the installation instructions, excluding step #3 (running Tiles).

Closing a webpage

  1. Press the Windows key to return to the terminal.

  2. Instruct tiles_ctl to remove the webpage‘s window tile. The tile’s number is reported by step 6, or it can be found by running tiles_ctl list and noting the ID of the “url” entry.

    $ tiles_ctl remove TILE_NUMBER


Rudimentary debugging is now possible with zxdb which is included in the SDK. It is still early and fairly manual to set up. After following the steps above:

  1. On device, run sysinfo to see your device's IP address.

  2. On device, run debug_agent --port=2345.

  3. On the host, run

third_party/fuchsia_sdk/sdk/tools/zxdb -s out/Debug/exe.unstripped -s out/Debug/lib.unstripped
  1. In zxdb, connect <ip-from-sysinfo-above> 2345.

  2. On the host, run ps and find the pid of the process you want to debug, e.g. web_runner.

  3. In zxdb, attach <pid>. You should be able to attach to multiple processes.

  4. In zxdb, b ComponentControllerImpl::CreateForRequest to set a breakpoint.

  5. On device, do something to make your breakpoint be hit. In this case tiles_ctl add should cause a new request.

At this point, you should hit the breakpoint in zxdb.

[zxdb] l
   25     fuchsia::sys::Package package,
   26     fuchsia::sys::StartupInfo startup_info,
   27     fidl::InterfaceRequest<fuchsia::sys::ComponentController>
   28         controller_request) {
   29   std::unique_ptr<ComponentControllerImpl> result{
 ▶ 30       new ComponentControllerImpl(runner)};
   31   if (!result->BindToRequest(std::move(package), std::move(startup_info),
   32                              std::move(controller_request))) {
   33     return nullptr;
   34   }
   35   return result;
   36 }
   38 ComponentControllerImpl::ComponentControllerImpl(WebContentRunner* runner)
   39     : runner_(runner), controller_binding_(this) {
   40   DCHECK(runner);
[zxdb] f
▶ 0 webrunner::ComponentControllerImpl::CreateForRequest() •
  1 webrunner::WebContentRunner::StartComponent() •
  2 fuchsia::sys::Runner_Stub::Dispatch_() •
  3 fidl::internal::StubController::OnMessage() •
  4 fidl::internal::MessageReader::ReadAndDispatchMessage() •
  5 fidl::internal::MessageReader::OnHandleReady() •
  6 fidl::internal::MessageReader::CallHandler() •
  7 base::AsyncDispatcher::DispatchOrWaitUntil() •
  8 base::MessagePumpFuchsia::HandleEvents() •
  9 base::MessagePumpFuchsia::Run() •
  10 base::MessageLoop::Run() + 0x22b (no line info)
  11 base::RunLoop::Run() •
  12 main() •
  13 0x472010320b8f
  14 0x0
[zxdb] maybe be a useful reference if you do not see symbols. That page also has general help on using the debugger.