Changelog

New features, improvements and upcoming releases in Calibre.

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Lighthouse 9.6.7

Ben Schwarz
Ben Schwarz

Open source: React Live Chat Loader supports React 18

Ben Schwarz
Ben Schwarz

Chrome 105

Ben Schwarz
Ben Schwarz

Our Test Agents are now using Chrome 105 to test your Sites.

CLI 5.0.3

Ben Schwarz
Ben Schwarz

Chrome 104 and Lighthouse 9.6.4

Ben Schwarz
Ben Schwarz

Our Test Agents are now using Chrome 104 and Lighthouse 9.6.4 to test your Sites.

Lighthouse 9.6.3

Ben Schwarz
Ben Schwarz

CLI 5.0.2

Karolina Szczur
Karolina Szczur

We published a patch CLI release with the following changes:

  • Updated calibre device-list command to output additional emulated device details (screen width and height, device type: phone tablet or desktop and status: current or discontinued)

See full changelog on GitHub.

Open source: easier issue reporting

Karolina Szczur
Karolina Szczur

Chrome 103

Ben Schwarz
Ben Schwarz

Our Test Agents are now using Chrome 103 to test your Sites.

Lighthouse 9.6.2

Karolina Szczur
Karolina Szczur

Chrome 101

Karolina Szczur
Karolina Szczur

Our Test Agents are now using Chrome 101 to test your Sites.

Snapshots: See Chrome and Lighthouse versions for each test

Karolina Szczur
Karolina Szczur

In synthetic and real user monitoring, it’s critical to understand the conditions in which people browse your sites so that we can correlate it to performance. It’s also not uncommon for metric definitions and collection methods to change or bugs to emerge.

To improve the transparency of test settings and debugging changes, we added the Chrome and Lighthouse versions for each test to the Snapshot and Single Page Test report pages:

Meta information for a Snapshot test including newly added Lighthouse and Chrome versions.

CLI 5.0.1

Karolina Szczur
Karolina Szczur

In 5.0.1, we added a new command, calibre team list, that lists all Teams your API Access Token can access. We also rewrote all command descriptions for better clarity.

See full changelog on GitHub.

New metrics in Core Web Vitals Checker

Karolina Szczur
Karolina Szczur

You can now see your real user data for Time to First Byte (TTFB) and Interaction to Next Paint (INP) in the Core Web Vitals Checker:

Core Web Vitals report for calibreapp.com domain

Core Web Vitals report for calibreapp.com domain.

Time to First Byte is critical to track as it can have a cascading, adverse effect on page load and speed. Interaction to Next Paint is a new, experimental metric measuring the longest observed delay between user interaction and the response on your page. While these metrics are not included in the Core Web Vitals set now, we’d recommend adding them to your “to track” list.

Generate your free report here!

Open source: better usage and contribution guides

Karolina Szczur
Karolina Szczur

We believe transparent governance is critical to any open source project. We updated our most popular projects (React Live Chat Loader, Image Actions and the Calibre Command Line Interface and Node.js API) to reflect the same policies, such as Code of Conduct, security, contribution and issue logging guidelines.

We also updated project READMEs accordingly to make usage and collaboration even more accessible.

Chrome 100

Karolina Szczur
Karolina Szczur

Our Test Agents are now using Chrome 100 to test your Sites.

Insights Report: See how your Sites rank based on Time to First Byte

Karolina Szczur
Karolina Szczur

When you add a new Site to monitor in Calibre, we send a summary email with crucial page speed metrics and how you rank against our measurements dataset. To provide a more comprehensive picture of web performance, alongside Core Web Vitals, we added Time to First Byte to the email report:

Initial Site results email showing benchmarks for four critical page speed metrics.

CLI 5.0.0

Karolina Szczur
Karolina Szczur

We published a new, major version of Calibre’s CLI (5.0.0), now written in ES Modules! With this release we:

  • Add a new flag for calibre test create: --waitForTest
  • Add new package exports: cli-commands and cli-metadata (to return command functions and documentation)
  • Add CLI_COMMANDS.md that lists all available commands with their options for easy reference
  • End support for Node 12

From the 5.0.0 version, we’re also ceasing to update the standalone binary builds for the CLI. They will remain accessible for now, but the recommended method of installing an up-to-date version of the CLI is npm.

See full changelog on GitHub.

Pull Request Reviews: Set cookies and headers

Karolina Szczur
Karolina Szczur

Setting Cookies and Headers to either authenticate to your Sites or control the test environment has been in Calibre for some time (set via either the Test Agent or Test Profiles). Now, you can specify those settings while using Pull Request Reviews too:

1version: 2
2pullRequestReviews:
3 # Headers
4 - headers:
5 - name: X-Calibre-Test
6 value: Pull Request
7 - name: User-Agent
8 value: Calibre
9
10 # Cookies
11 - cookies:
12 - name: seen-cookie-notice
13 value: true
14 - name: uid
15 value: 1
16 domain: calibreapp.com
17 path: /
18 secure: true
19 httpOnly: true
20

This is especially useful if you’d like to set cookies and headers only for Pull Request Reviews tests (not inherited from Test Profiles settings). For example, you could set a header to signify that the test is for a Pull Request and should be safely routed to the staging infrastructure.

Chrome 99 and Lighthouse 9.5

Karolina Szczur
Karolina Szczur

Our Test Agents are now using Lighthouse 9.5 and Chrome 99 to test your Sites.

Lighthouse 9.3.1 and Chrome 97

Karolina Szczur
Karolina Szczur

Our Test Agents are now using Lighthouse 9.3.1 and Chrome 97 to test your Sites.

Authentication: Apply cookies and headers during authentication

Karolina Szczur
Karolina Szczur

If you’re using cookies and headers (either in Test Profiles or Site Settings → Test Agent area), we now change when they are applied.

Previously, Calibre set cookies and headers post-authentication. Now, they are applied during authentication so that you can control more fine-grained authentication scenarios, such as hiding CAPTCHA, so Calibre can quickly test your Site or application.

Billing: Pay in Euro and Australian Dollars

Karolina Szczur
Karolina Szczur

We introduced two new currencies (EUR and AUD) and several new payment methods, so your team can choose a way of paying that’s most convenient and least costly. You can change your payment currency at any time:

Available Calibre plans with multiple currency support: EUR, AUD and USD.

Because limited payment methods can be a software adoption blocker and a source of accounting issues, we also added several new methods of purchasing a subscription—not all of which rely on credit cards. We now accept:

Thanks to SEPA and BECS, customers in Australia and SEPA countries with relevant plans (AUD or EUR) can pay for their subscription directly from a nominated bank account. You can change your payment method in Billing → Payment Method tab.

With the new payment methods and currencies, we switched to invoices generated by our payment provider—Stripe. Your designated Billing email will still receive invoices after each transaction, and each Administrator can access the entire invoice history in Invoice History and Settings.

Snapshots: Get more insights about Lighthouse failures

Karolina Szczur
Karolina Szczur

We made it possible to display the request table (from the corresponding HAR file) even when your tests fail. We’re now surfacing more information about errors that lead to Lighthouse failures directly in the Snapshot view, so it’s easier to find out the exact reason:

Snapshot page showing a test that didn’t complete successfully with a specific reason.

If your tests are failing (continually or intermittently), you can also refer to the Why do my tests fail? guide that walks through common scenarios and steps to fix them.

CLI 4.1.0 and 4.2.0

Karolina Szczur
Karolina Szczur

With two minor releases of Calibre CLI, we added new commands and ways to query your data. Site.get and Site.update now allow obtaining and updating given Sites. We added missing fields to Test Profiles, Deploys, Location, Metric budgets, and Page queries so that you can receive and manipulate all test data.

See full changelog on Github.

Security: Confirm your email account

Karolina Szczur
Karolina Szczur

We continually build on our best practices to protect your account and data. From now on, all new registrations and, periodically, existing users will have to verify their email accounts unless they are using Google as a method of authentication.

Lighthouse 9.1

Karolina Szczur
Karolina Szczur

Our Test Agents now use Lighthouse 9.1 We upgrade to stable Lighthouse releases as they become available and after they’re thoroughly tested so that you can leverage the newest version.

Chrome 94

Karolina Szczur
Karolina Szczur

Our Test Agents now use Chrome 94 to test your Sites. You can always check the Chrome version in the Lighthouse JSON export or by inspecting the Request Headers for the first request in each Snapshot:

Request Header showing the Chrome version of the Calibre Test Agent

Billing: See upcoming payments and receive batch receipts

Karolina Szczur
Karolina Szczur

Staying on top of subscription costs and reconciling payments is essential for any business. That’s why we’ve made improvements to make this process easier. Now, you can see the upcoming invoice amount on the Billing → Invoice History and Settings page:

List of paid invoices and upcoming invoice payment for your Calibre subscription

Making changes to Test Packs and User Seats could quickly generate multiple invoices. To avoid dealing with too many PDFs, we batch your changes as they happen and release an invoice after a short time delay. Nobody needs more accounting work!

Free tool: check your Core Web Vitals assessment

Karolina Szczur
Karolina Szczur

Integrations: Build custom workflows with Zapier

Karolina Szczur
Karolina Szczur

Each team has different processes. Sending your monitoring data to your favourite services and creating automations can help with saving time and increasing transparency. We built a Zapier integration, so you can connect to over 4,000 supported apps and create custom workflows without any coding required!

Example of a Zap that sends a custom Slack direct message when a Budget status changes

Example of a Zap that sends a custom Slack direct message when a Budget status changes.

We created a handful of boilerplate workflows (Zaps) to try:

  • get a direct message in Slack when a performance budget alert fires
  • send page speed data to Google Sheets or Airtable
  • run a deploy on a new GitHub release
  • create a Trello card to investigate exceeded performance budgets

Learn more about the Zapier integration or enable it on your Calibre account today.

Lighthouse 8.5

Karolina Szczur
Karolina Szczur

Our Test Agents now use Lighthouse 8.5. We upgrade to stable Lighthouse releases as they become available and after they’re thoroughly tested so that you can leverage the newest version.

CLI 4.0 and 4.0.1

Karolina Szczur
Karolina Szczur

We deprecated the site get-pulse-metrics command and replaced it with site metrics (a breaking change). We also added a metric-list command that lists all available metrics, their category, advised ranges and recommendations for tracking:

Calibre command line interface command that lists all available metrics with recommended ranges

Read the full changelog here.

Pull Request Reviews: Add branch-specific configuration

Karolina Szczur
Karolina Szczur

If you’d like to (or already are) testing performance in GitHub Pull Requests, there is a new way to configure your test settings. With version 2, you can create configuration options for different branches using positive and negative patterns.

This is useful if you’d like to test differently based on branch names, for example, your preview-public branches are publicly accessible, but preview-* are password-protected:

1version: 2
2pullRequestReviews:
3 - branches:
4 - preview-*
5 authentication:
6 password: mysecretpassword
7 formSelector: form
8 passwordSelector: input[type=password]
9 required: true
10 - branches:
11 - preview-public
12 authentication:
13 required: false
14

Or, you could report different metrics based on branch name too! Convert your configuration.yaml to the new, multi-block format to create branch-specific testing conditions.

Performance Budgets: Receive webhook alerts

Karolina Szczur
Karolina Szczur

You can now use the webhook integration to get alerts about your Budgets. Go to Site Settings → Integrations → Add a Webhook to create one and receive a JSON payload on Budget status changes.

Core Web Vitals are now the default metric set, which means you will see it across all Calibre reports.

Integrations: Enable Deployment Tracking with Netlify

Karolina Szczur
Karolina Szczur

Previously, the only way to enable Deployment Tracking was to leverage the Node.js API, CLI or the HTTP Site API. You can now trigger Snapshots and add deployment markers to your charts with Netlify.

Enabling Deployment Tracking with Netlify

Generating credentials to enable a Netlify integration via a webhook.

You can enable the Netlify integration under Site → Settings → Integrations → Netlify → Add Webhook.

Integrations: Get alerts when integrations have issues

Karolina Szczur
Karolina Szczur

Using integrations can be a powerful way to connect the services you use. But it can be frustrating when an integration stops working, and we don’t know about it.

Email notification about a failing Slack integration with a specific error

Now, Calibre sends you an alert when there’s an issue with any of your connected services (such as Slack, Webhooks, GitHub, Netlify) with steps to fix. No more discovering data or notifications aren’t being sent days later!

Lighthouse 8.3

Karolina Szczur
Karolina Szczur

Our Test Agents now use Lighthouse 8.3. We upgrade to stable Lighthouse releases as they become available so that you can leverage the newest version.

Pull Request Reviews: ignore drafts, branches and request tests with a comment

Karolina Szczur
Karolina Szczur

We’re continuing to improve our GitHub integration by adding more options to skip tests or run them on-demand—whenever it suits your development cycle. Now, you can ask Calibre to test (or re-test) your work by posting a comment with @calibreapp run. Similarly, you can say @calibrepp stop to halt future tests in that PR. Too easy!

Requesting a performance test in a Pull Request comment

There are other situations when you might want to skip testing too. By default, Calibre won’t test draft Pull Requests anymore—only ones ready for review.

You can also use positive and negative patterns to specify which branches should be tested or omitted in Site → Settings → Edit a GitHub Integration. For example, ignore dependabot-generated branches or only test release branches:

Ignoring dependabot branches in Pull Request Reviews

Open source: React Live Chat Loader supports Chatwoot

Karolina Szczur
Karolina Szczur

React Live Chat Loader now supports Chatwoot and five other live chat providers. If you’d like to decrease the negative speed impact of live chat, install react-live-chat-loader through npm and implement it in your React application.

Metrics: Core Web Vitals are now default metrics

Karolina Szczur
Karolina Szczur

Previously, we displayed Performance Score, First Contentful Paint and Time to Interactive as default metrics in Calibre. This meant that you’d see those three metrics across Your Sites, Pulse, Pages Leaderboard, Pull Request Reviews and Insights reports. Now, Core Web Vitals (Largest Contentful Paint, Cumulative Layout Shift and Total Blocking Time) are the default metric set.

Core Web Vitals are now the default metric set, which means you will see it across all Calibre reports.

Core Web Vitals are now the default metric set, which means you will see them prominently displayed across all Calibre reports.

Core Web Vitals have been actively improved for several years and provide a holistic view on different aspects of user experience. Google also uses them as ranking signals for page experience. You can see Core Web Vitals across the previously mentioned areas. You can still customise metrics displayed in Pull Request Reviews, Pages Leaderboard and Pulse if you’d like to amend them. All measurements are colour-coded, so you know if they’re good (green), need improvement (orange) or poor (red).

In the future, we’ll be introducing more ways of view and metric customisation, as well as keeping track of KPIs.

Security: Easily delete your account

Karolina Szczur
Karolina Szczur

We know it’s essential always to control your data and be able to delete your account without needlessly contacting support. Now, you can delete your personal account in two clicks if you don’t want to use Calibre anymore.

Lighthouse 8 and Chrome 91

Karolina Szczur
Karolina Szczur

Our Test Agents now use the latest Lighthouse 8 and Chrome 91 to test your Sites. Lighthouse 8 comes with a few notable changes to metric collection and Performance Score calculation. Here’s a handy explainer of what you might notice in your metrics.

API: Use the API no matter your role

Karolina Szczur
Karolina Szczur

We introduced Personal Access Tokens (PAT), so anyone with a Calibre account can use the CLI and Node.js API to retrieve monitoring information and set up automations:

Creating a Personal Access Token in Profile Settings.

Creating a Personal Access Token in Profile Settings.

Before, only organisation administrators could create API access tokens, which created a need to give admin privileges to people who shouldn’t necessarily have access to other admin-only areas such as Billing and People Management. Now, anyone within your organisation can create a Personal Access Token with the level of permissions that mimics their account access level. With the introduction of PATs, everyone gains access to Calibre’s APIs.

Administrators can keep track of and manage all access tokens in the API tab:

API tab showing several API Tokens with their types and creator.

API tab showing several API Tokens with their types and creator.

Personal Access Tokens will become even more helpful with the introduction of Teams. Not only the newly introduced Viewers will be able to retrieve data, but also Calibre will scope everyone but the admin’s access to the Teams they belong to.

Lighthouse 7.4

Karolina Szczur
Karolina Szczur

Our Test Agents now use the latest Lighthouse release, 7.4. We upgrade to stable Lighthouse releases as they become available so that you can leverage the newest version.

Open source: React Live Chat Loader supports Userlike

Karolina Szczur
Karolina Szczur

React Live Chat Loader, our open source project that helps mitigate the negative performance impact of live chat tools now supports Userlike. You can install react-live-chat-loader through npm and implement it in your React application.

List of live chat tools supported by React Live Chat Loader.

Curious how significant the speed impact of using React Live Chat Loader can be? We sped up our Time to Interactive by 30%.

Admin tools: Find and sort your API Tokens

Karolina Szczur
Karolina Szczur

Following the API Tokens refresh in January 2021, we added more capabilities to make managing your access tokens straightforward.

API tab showing a list of API tokens with their name, creator, expiry date and actions.

API tab showing a list of API tokens with their name, creator, expiry date and actions.

Now, you can sort the tokens by name, creator and expiry date by clicking the respective headings. You also can easily find the token by searching for its name or creator in the search field in the upper right-hand side corner.

Admin tools: Efficiently manage people in your organisation

Karolina Szczur
Karolina Szczur

We refreshed the way you see and manage people within your Calibre organisation. You can now quickly find a person by searching for their name, email, role or authentication method. You can also sort the information by clicking the table column’s name to, for example, see who is an administrator.

People tab showing a list of people in your organisation with their name, email, role, authentication method and last seen

People tab showing a list of people in your organisation with their name, email, role, authentication method and last seen.

You can still edit, remove and invite new people to collaborate on performance, just more easily.

Test your Sites from new locations

Karolina Szczur
Karolina Szczur

It’s critical to test speed from various contexts that reflect your audience. performance will differ drastically depending on devices, latency, and location. That’s why we added three new test location regions:

  • Stockholm, Sweden
  • Cape Town, South Africa
  • Bahrain

You can change your tests’ location in the Settings → Test Agent → Test location field or when creating a new Site. Find a complete list of Test Agent locations and their static IP addresses here.

List of 17 Calibre test regions from which you can run performance tests

Snapshots: Easily see the status of your tests

Karolina Szczur
Karolina Szczur

We refreshed Snapshots page, listing all of the tests for a given Site. Now, you can clearly see the test status (Scheduled, Testing, Verifying, Completed or Failed) on per-Snapshot and per Page and Test Profile combination basis.

See the progression and status of your tests as Calibre completes them

See the progression and status of your tests as Calibre completes them.

If you want to know how a Snapshot was started (manually through the interface, through previously configured test scheduler or API integrations) or investigate test status, Snapshots page is the best place to find it

Authentication: Specify all selectors when authenticating to protected Sites

Karolina Szczur
Karolina Szczur

Calibre can log into your Sites and applications as if it was one of your users. Until now, when using Form Authentication, we could specify the form, username and password CSS selectors, but not the submit button selector. Our Test Agent would then crawl your Sites to submit the form and successfully log in.

Form Authentication settings showing CSS selectors, username and password we provide to test protected Sites and apps.

Form Authentication settings showing CSS selectors, username and password we provide to test protected Sites and apps.

This process wasn’t bulletproof, especially in tracking competition scenarios where you can’t make improvements to the markup. You can now specify the Submit selector, so there are no failed tests due to markup mismatch. You have full control over selecting which elements should be interacted with when authenticating.

Chrome 89

Karolina Szczur
Karolina Szczur

CLI 3.2.1

Karolina Szczur
Karolina Szczur

We released a minor version of the CLI to address a bug where querying for time-series metrics was not respecting filtering by profile. Read the full changelog here.

Chrome 88

Karolina Szczur
Karolina Szczur

Lighthouse 7

Karolina Szczur
Karolina Szczur

Our Test Agents now use the latest Lighthouse release, 7.0. As always, we upgrade to stable Lighthouse releases as they become available so that you can leverage the newest version.

This is the first major version release since Lighthouse 6 in May 2019, including numerous significant changes, including new audits. As outlined by the Lighthouse Team, you might see PWA and Accessibility scores changes.

Pull Request Reviews: Filter by environment

Karolina Szczur
Karolina Szczur

If you are using Pull Request Reviews to track speed before releasing to production, you can now trigger tests only based on a specific list of environments, so the reports in GitHub always relate to what matters to you most.

Editing the GitHub integration to recognise a specific deployment environment.

Editing the GitHub integration to recognise a specific deployment environment.

This is especially helpful when using one deployment provider to release multiple projects or sites. For example, at Calibre, we deploy our marketing website using Vercel. Each deploy publishes a preview of the website and our design system in Storybook. We specify the deployment environment to match the marketing website, so our Pull Request Reviews analyse the website, not Storybook.

API: Seamlessly control API access

Karolina Szczur
Karolina Szczur

We refreshed how you manage and generate API Tokens used to authenticate your account when building automations with our APIs. You can see all tokens for your organisation in the API tab, including their creator and expiration.

API tab showing several API Tokens with their expiration date and who created them.

API tab showcasing API Tokens for the organisation, who created them and their expiration dates.

When creating a new API Token, you can easily select the areas it should access. We display the new token only once, so it’s essential to save it in a password manager straight away. You can also manage your tokens via the CLI and APIs.

Open source: Update your configuration file in Image Actions

Karolina Szczur
Karolina Szczur

Image Actions, our GitHub Action for automatically compressing images in your Pull Requests, is now using the main branch instead of master.

To avoid breakages in the workflow, update your configuration file to mention the main branch.

Snapshots: Authenticate to your Sites with global Headers and Cookies

Karolina Szczur
Karolina Szczur

You can now also add global Headers and Cookies to manage how Calibre’s Test Agent accesses your Sites. Previously, this option was only available through Test Profiles. Now, you can use global Headers and Cookies for Site-wide settings, and Test Profiles for more targeted testing, such as A/B tests for specific devices.

Use global Headers and Cookies to run Site-wide tests with custom authentication and settings.

Use global Headers and Cookies to run Site-wide tests with custom authentication and settings.

Lighthouse 6.4.0

Karolina Szczur
Karolina Szczur

Our Test Agents now use the latest Lighthouse release, 6.4.0. As always, we upgrade to stable Lighthouse releases as they become available so that you can leverage the newest version.

Snapshots: Never see failed tests with Compatibility Mode

Karolina Szczur
Karolina Szczur

It’s a frustrating but not uncommon for Lighthouse performance tests to fail. We introduced Compatibility Mode to provide you with critical performance metrics even when Lighthouse returns an error, which otherwise would yield no results.

There are several compatibility modes, which will be triggered depending on encountered types of failures in testing. In all scenarios, you will receive performance metrics, but might not be able to see complimentary audits. Learn more about the difference between Standard Mode, Reduced and Minimum Audits.

CLI 3.2.0

Karolina Szczur
Karolina Szczur

A minor version of the CLI has been released with a fix to site create-test-profile, enabling JavaScript execution by default. Read the full changelog here.

Snapshots: Manage your Site Settings with ease

Karolina Szczur
Karolina Szczur

We refreshed the Site Settings area so that you can set up and manage your testing faster. You can now search for Pages, which is especially helpful when working with larger Sites. You can explore available integrations in the Integrations tab, to connect Calibre to your favourite services and make the most out of your monitoring data.

Enable and manage how Calibre connects to your favourite services to send notifications, monitoring data, add deploy information to charts and more.

Enable and manage how Calibre connects to your favourite services to send notifications, monitoring data, add deploy information to charts and more.

Switch and find Sites faster

Karolina Szczur
Karolina Szczur

See how to switch Sites quickly.

We redesigned the primary navigation to make it faster and more straightforward to get around Calibre. Now, you can quickly switch your viewing context between both organisations and Sites, as well as create new ones.

Open source: Create powerful image optimisation workflows with Image Actions 2.0

Karolina Szczur
Karolina Szczur

Image Actions, our Open Source GitHub Action that automatically optimises images in your Pull Requests, got a significant upgrade and can now be used with more complex workflows.

You can now see the difference in images pre and post-compression, run the optimisation on a selected schedule, run the action in compressOnly mode that allows for more complex combinations and more. Learn about all changes to Image Actions 2.0 here.

Metrics: Know how fast your performance tests run

Karolina Szczur
Karolina Szczur

We exposed how long it takes for Calibre to test your Pages with Test Duration visible across the interface in the same way as any other trackable metric:

See how long your tests take to run

Test Duration portrays the duration of a singular test from its start to end.

Integrations: See deploys on Pages Leaderboard and Budgets

Karolina Szczur
Karolina Szczur

When inspecting metric history charts on Pages Leaderboard and Budgets dashboard, you can now see corresponding deploys if you have enabled Deployment Tracking, are using the Netlify integration or Pull Request Reviews:

See corresponding deploys when exploring metric charts on Budgets and Pages Leaderboard.

See corresponding deploys when exploring metric charts on Budgets and Pages Leaderboard.

This information should make it easier to identify potential spikes visualised in the bar charts. Click on an individual bar to inspect changes further in the Snapshot view.

Audits: Understand Lighthouse audits better

Karolina Szczur
Karolina Szczur

We improved the structure of Lighthouse audits available in Performance, PWA, Best Practices, Accessibility and SEO tabs for each Snapshot. Now, all audits returned from Lighthouse fall within the following categories:

  • Passed
  • Opportunities
  • Informative
  • Not applicable
  • Items to manually check

With improved categorisation, you can pinpoint which areas to focus on easier.

Pages Leaderboard: Find fastest and slowest Pages in your Sites

Karolina Szczur
Karolina Szczur

We launched Pages Leaderboard so you can identify fast and slow areas of your Sites quickly. In the Pages Leaderboard, you can sort Pages within your Sites based on three selected metrics and device type (desktop or mobile). Calibre will show the last 15 measurements for each metric in your Pages dashboard, colour-coded based on recommended value ranges, so you know which areas need improvements most.

Pages Leaderboard showing all of your Pages with three selected performance metrics

We encourage customising metrics based on your organisational or project goals. For example, you might be wanting to focus on Core Web Vitals. You can also use the Pages Leaderboard for competitive benchmarking, by tracking your landing pages against competitors. With sorting and filtering, you can easily rank Pages against each other.

Learn more about the Pages Leaderboard in the announcement post and our documentation.

Lighthouse 6.3.0

Karolina Szczur
Karolina Szczur

Our Test Agents now use the latest Lighthouse release, 6.3.0. As always, we upgrade to stable Lighthouse releases as they become available so that you can leverage the newest version.

Notifications: Prevent your tests from failing

Karolina Szczur
Karolina Szczur

There’s a variety of reasons why tests might not be completed successfully—from networking, firewalls, HTTP responses, incorrect markup to timeouts caused by poor performance. Ideally, we spot and address persistent failures quickly, so there’s no disruption to our monitoring and data.

For that exact reason, we introduced Snapshot Failure Emails that alert you when tests are not completing. We will also let you know when tests are running smoothly again.

See detailed information about why your test might not have completed successfully.

See detailed information about why your test might not have completed successfully.

Anyone can subscribe to Snapshot Failure alerts in Profile → Email Notifications. In case you didn’t see it, we also documented the most common test error types, so you can debug the reasons behind failures more quickly, too.

Lighthouse 6.1.1

Karolina Szczur
Karolina Szczur

Our Test Agents now use the latest Lighthouse release, 6.1.1. As always, we upgrade to stable Lighthouse releases as they become available so that you can leverage the newest version.

Authentication: Log into your Sites with password only

Karolina Szczur
Karolina Szczur

If you’re testing Sites that require authentication, you can do so without providing the username and rely solely on the password. We know authentication comes in various shapes and forms, thus providing the username to the Calibre Test Agent is now optional.

You can always adjust your authentication settings in Site → Settings → Agent Settings.

Pull Request Reviews: Choose deployment provider

Karolina Szczur
Karolina Szczur

Suppose you are using multiple deployment methods for GitHub repositories connected to Pull Request Reviews. In that case, you can now choose the provider that should be used as a basis for performance comparison.

Selecting a deployment provider when many are present will ensure the most accurate results in your performance reports. You can choose a provider in Site → Settings → Integrations → GitHub.

Performance Budgets: Set meaningful goals and meet them

Karolina Szczur
Karolina Szczur

We completely revamped performance budgets to guide you in setting thresholds based on recommended values and your context. With new Budgets, you’re able to see all of your targets with their current status in one place—the Budgets dashboard.

See all of your Budgets at the same time or filter them by status and device.

When creating a Budget, Calibre will now showcase the desirable value ranges alongside your past measurements. That way, you can make an informed decision about what’s achievable in the short term, and where would you like to be in the long term. We take out the laborious process of guessing what a good metric value should be.

Creating a budget for Time to Interactive showcasing desired and past values

You can also view your Budgets and see historical data for each Page and Test Profile combination. By doing so, you will be able to easily spot outliers that might need separate thresholds or identify where more performance work is required to meet your goals.

As always, Calibre will notify you about the status of your budgets through email and Slack, based on a selected frequency. In Budgets 2.0, we also identify at-risk values, so you know when a metric is close to exceeding the budget and can address it before it happens.

Read more about what’s new in Budgets and learn how to set them up.

Pull Request Reviews: Add authentication

Karolina Szczur
Karolina Szczur

If your deployment previews are password protected and you’re using Pull Request Reviews, you can now add authentication settings to your config.yml to access those environments. Those authentication settings will only be used for Pull Request Reviews tests. You can still specify separate authentication methods for your scheduled and API-invoked Snapshots.

Lighthouse 6.0.0

Karolina Szczur
Karolina Szczur

On May 26, we updated our Test Agents to the latest version of Lighthouse. Lighthouse 6 comes with a completely revamped Performance Score algorithm, new metrics, audits, and more. All tests from May 26 onwards run using Lighthouse 6, which is why you are likely to observe changes to your Performance Score.

Some Sites, especially ones relying on JavaScript, can observe significant Performance Score changes.

Some Sites, especially ones relying on JavaScript, can observe significant Performance Score changes.

With Lighthouse 6, we are also reporting a new metric—Cumulative Layout Shift. Alongside Total Blocking Time and Largest Contentful Paint (present in Calibre since September and October 2019), CLS is a part of a new generation of performance metrics that aim to portray user experience more accurately.

This also means that you can track all Core Web Vitals (Total Blocking Time, Largest Contentful Paint and Cumulative Layout Shift) in Calibre. We are committed to keeping our platform on par with the newest developments in the performance space.

Snapshots: Analyse JavaScript main thread performance

Karolina Szczur
Karolina Szczur

Using the Main Thread Execution Timeline is a great way to identify potential issues with JavaScript performance. We updated the visual representation and categorisation of tasks to make it more clear.

See all the long task warnings and blocking scripts.

See all the long task warnings and blocking scripts.

The Main Thread Execution Timeline showcases all long task warnings and blocking times in the lifespan of the main thread activity. This means that you can not only inspect tasks that contribute to Total Blocking Time (defined between First Contentful Paint and Time to Interactive boundaries) but other long tasks on the main thread that don’t fall in this category.

Open source: React Live Chat Loader supports Drift

Karolina Szczur
Karolina Szczur

React Live Chat Loader, our open source component that mitigates the negative performance impact of live chat tools now supports Drift.

Implement live chat in your React application without performance regressions with React Live Chat Loader.

If you’re using Drift as your support or sales platform, and React powers your site or app, install React Live Chat Loader to improve your performance scoring.

Pull Request Reviews: Know when you are out of tests

Karolina Szczur
Karolina Szczur

Previously, when your trial has lapsed, or you have run out of your monthly test allocation, Pull Request Reviews would stop running. Now, Calibre will issue a comment informing you of the necessary steps to be taken to resume testing on your Pull Requests.

This will be especially helpful in contexts where developers rely solely on the GitHub integration versus also logging in to Calibre, where this messaging was always present.

Pull Request Reviews: Inspect test usage

Karolina Szczur
Karolina Szczur

You can now see how many tests were generated with Pull Request Reviews. If you are an administrator, head to Billing → Overview and click the Show per Site usage link.

The test usage will be split between Snapshots and Pull Request Reviews.

CLI 3.1.0

Karolina Szczur
Karolina Szczur

A minor version of the CLI has been released with the addition of milliunit measurement support. This will be necessary to report the Cumulative Layout Shift metric once Lighthouse 6 is available.

Open source: React Live Chat Loader supports Facebook Messenger

Karolina Szczur
Karolina Szczur

React Live Chat Loader, our open source component that mitigates the negative performance impact of live chat tools, now supports Facebook Messenger.

If you are using Intercom, Help Scout or Facebook Messenger in your React-powered site or application, you will be able to use the component out of the box and improve your performance metrics. To see its benefits, read about how we improved the speed of our live chat by 30%.

Audits: Know when Third Parties were detected last

Karolina Szczur
Karolina Szczur

When creating or editing a Test Profile, we now highlight when a Third Party was detected last. That means it’s easier to discover if a Third Party should still be included or not in your blocklists.

A list of Third Parties on your Site with the date when they were detected last

When editing or adding a Test Profile, you can see when a Third Party was detected last.

Billing: Manage your test usage, plans and tax information with ease

Karolina Szczur
Karolina Szczur

We have revamped the Billing area to make it easy to see your test allocation usage, manage Plans, tax information and receipts.

In Billing → Overview you can now see per Site test usage as well as delete your organisation.

Billing Overview shows test allocation usage for each Site

Billing Overview shows test allocation usage for each Site

You can add or update your default credit card under Billing → Payment method. In Billing → Receipt History and Settings you can ensure your receipts include all necessary information for your tax department and accountants.

Receipt History and Settings allows for customising your receipts accordingly to your tax needs.

Receipt History and Settings allows for customising your receipts accordingly to your tax needs.

At any point, you can adjust your Plan accordingly to your usage.

Snapshots: Export your data with ease

Karolina Szczur
Karolina Szczur

When using Calibre, you are always in control of your monitoring data. We encourage exporting and building custom integrations with the help of our Node.js API and command-line client.

Export your monitoring data with direct downloads, Node.js API or the command line interface.

Exporting directly from the Calibre interface is now even more accessible. You can quickly export metric or Snapshot data from Pulse, Metric and Snapshot views. You can download a CSV, Lighthouse JSON or your page video render (depending on the context), or copy a pre-baked code snippet to use with the CLI.

Notifications: See more metrics and benchmarks after creating a Site

Karolina Szczur
Karolina Szczur

We redesigned the email you receive after adding a new tracked Site to Calibre. Now, you can see three key metrics—Performance Score, Time to Interactive and Largest Contentful Paint and how they compare to the Calibre test dataset. This change should bring more context into where your Sites are at from the very first minutes of testing.

Initial Test email showcasing key metrics and benchmarks for the Site

Initial Test email showcasing key metrics and benchmarks for the Site.

Additionally, all of our other emails also got a splash of new paint to match.

CLI 3.0.1 and 3.0.2

Karolina Szczur
Karolina Szczur

The CLI has seen two patch releases with the following changes:

  • Allowing the use of token store for Node
  • Fix parsing of to and from arguments in CLI get-pulse-metrics command

If you want to be up-to-date with releases as they are published, follow the changelog.

Billing: Extend testing capability with Test Packs

Karolina Szczur
Karolina Szczur

We launched Test Packs to allow increasing testing capacity without upgrading your Plan. Each Test Pack adds 5,000 tests to your account and can be added or removed at any time, depending on your needs.

Add or remove Test Packs to control testing capacity without changing your Plan.

Learn how to use Test Packs or add one in Billing → Overview by clicking the Change plan and manage Test Packs button.

CLI 3.0.0

Karolina Szczur
Karolina Szczur

New major release of the CLI brings more functionality, customizability and better error handling. You can now:

  • add and manage tokens
  • get Agent Settings
  • create Sites with --schedule and --interval options
  • see relevant errors when trying to obtain data from a non-existing Snapshot

Read the full changelog or browse the API documentation.

New metric: Max Potential First Input Delay

Karolina Szczur
Karolina Szczur

Max Potential First Input Delay is calculated based on First Input Delay (FID). It portrays the maximum time it takes the browser to respond to a user action, such as clicking a button or trying to type something into a form. Max Potential FID can be used alongside Time to Interactive to quantify when your sites and apps can be successfully interacted with.

You can add Max Potential First Input Delay to the Pulse page through customising the Metric History view and set budgets against it.

Pull Request Reviews: Integrate performance tracking into your developer workflow

Karolina Szczur
Karolina Szczur

Most performance and user experience issues are discovered when it’s already too late—long after they have already impacted your customers. Pull Request Reviews allows you to identify speed bottlenecks before they reach production, directly in your Pull Requests.

Pull Request Review performance report on a Pull Request

Pull Request Review performance report showcasing key metrics changes and pages tested.

If you’re using GitHub and one of the following deployment methods: Vercel, Heroku, Netlify or GitHub deployment statuses, you will be able to enable Pull Request Reviews and receive detailed performance reports on your work-in-progress. Read the announcement or learn how to get started.

Snapshots: See estimated savings on Lighthouse reports

Karolina Szczur
Karolina Szczur

When Lighthouse reports potential savings, you can now inspect their details to find out where exactly to look and how much time or bandwidth is there to be saved.

Estimated savings details shown in Lighthouse reports

Example estimated savings for a request in the Performance Report.