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Does not register a service worker that controls page and start_url

Appears in: PWA audits

Registering a service worker is the first step towards enabling key Progressive Web App (PWA) features:

  • Works offline
  • Supports push notifications
  • Can be installed to the device

Learn more in the Service workers and the Cache Storage API post.

How the Lighthouse service worker audit fails

Lighthouse flags pages that don't register a service worker:

Lighthouse audit showing site doesn't register a service worker

Lighthouse checks if the Chrome Remote Debugging Protocol returns a service worker version. If it doesn't, the audit fails.

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 register a service worker

Registering a service worker involves only a few lines of code, but the only reason you'd use a service worker is to make it possible to implement one of the PWA features outlined above. Actually implementing those features requires more work:


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