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Introduction

The new Inspector (alpha) provides multiple new features that enhance how you see the data that is relevant to your use case. In addition, it introduces queries and constraints to help you get the best out of the Inspector.

The alpha version of the new Inspector doesn’t enforce limits on the breadth, complexity and result sizes of queries, and as such can adversely impact the performance of the Runtime if used without caution. For more information on the general performance impact of the Inspector, see Performance impact.

Recent additions to the new Inspector

We’ve added new features to the new Inspector with a focus on customization, authority and interest visualization, and workspace management. This has allowed us to provide several significant improvements:

  • Customize how you see your data

    The new Inspector provides different modules that you can use to configure and link together to set up a workspace tailored to your use case. By linking the modules together, you output data or configurations from one module to another one. As a result, you can visualize data specific to your use case. Learn more

  • Visualize worker authority and interest

    You can visualize worker write access authority from the viewport, entity table, and entity details modules. This helps you debug the load balancing strategy of your deployment. In addition, you can visualize query-based interest (QBI) in the viewport and entity details modules. This helps you better understand the current interest configurations of your game, and also debug why you are or are not seeing relevant data in your game. Learn more

  • Manage your workspaces better

    You can have your default and user-defined workspaces workspaces saved both automatically and manually. With this feature, you set up your workspace only once and then reuse or return to it. You can also use the export and import functions that the new Inspector provides to share your workspace configurations with others and save them for later re-use. Learn more

Accessing the new Inspector

You can access the new Inspector for local and cloud deployments.

When you run a local deployment, the Inspector automatically downloads and caches the latest Inspector Client from the internet. If the Inspector fails to download the latest version from the internet, the latest cached version is used. The failure reasons might be poor internet connection or firewall configuration.

Notes: The SpatialOS CLI also prints out the preceding URL to access the Inspector when you launch a local deployment.

  • For a cloud deployment, access the new Inspector in either of the following ways:

    • Opting in from the old Inspector:

    Switch to new Inspector button

    • Directly from the deployment overview page in the Console:

    Click the new Inspector button

Getting started with the new Inspector

In this video, we dig into accessing and using the new Inspector:

Advanced uses of the new Inspector

This second video shows you how to get the most out of the new Inspector by walking you through an example of how to build a custom workspace:


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2019-11-25 Page updated with limited editorial review: updated recent additions

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