If the browser doesn't receive an
HTTP 200 response
when accessing an app from the
start_url isn't correct, or the page isn't accessible offline.
This causes problems for users who have installed the app to their devices.
Learn more in the What is network reliability and how do you measure it? post.
How the Lighthouse
start_url audit fails
Lighthouse flags web apps whose start URL doesn't respond with a 200 when offline:
Each PWA audit is weighted equally in the Lighthouse PWA Score, except for three manual audits: Site works cross-browser, Page transitions don't feel like they block on the network, and Each page has a URL. Learn more in the Lighthouse Scoring Guide.
How to ensure your page is available offline
- If you don't already have one, add a web app manifest.
- Check that the
start_urlin your manifest is correct.
- Add a service worker to your app.
- Use the service worker to cache files locally.
- When offline, use the service worker as a network proxy to return the locally cached version of the file.
Try it! Learn how to add a service worker to your app with the Working with service workers codelab.
See the Current page does not respond with a 200 when offline post for more information.
- Source code for
start_urldoes not respond with a 200 when offline audit
- What is network reliability and how do you measure it?
- Add a web app manifest