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AMPBench: AMP URL Validation and Troubleshooting


The hosted version of ampbench was shut down in February 2020. For the rationale and alternatives, see issue #126.

There are no plans to remove the source code from its canonical location at, but if it is important to you, we recommend making a copy.


Walkthrough article: Debug AMP pages with AMPBench, an open source app from the AMP Project.

What does it do?

AMPBench is a web application and service that validates AMP URLs + their associated Structured Data.

During AMP URL validation, it builds referable, support-friendly sharable URLs such as the following:

AMPBench in action


AMPBench is licensed under the Apache 2.0 LICENSE.


AMPBench is not an official Google product.

Getting the code and running it

Install the Node.js Active LTS version on your system. E.g., by downloading or by using a package manager or by using NVM.

Now do the following from a terminal command-line session:

$ git clone
$ cd ampbench
$ npm install
$ node ampbench_main.js

Also try navigating to these links from your web browser:

Even try this from the command-line:

$ curl http://localhost:8080/version/
$ curl http://localhost:8080/raw?url=
$ curl http://localhost:8080/api?url=
$ curl http://localhost:8080/api1?url=
$ curl http://localhost:8080/api2?url=


AMPBench includes some useful debug utility commands that can in some cases help with troubleshooting, such as when a full validation fails on a URL by returning unexpected server responses.

The /debug... commands attempt to follow fetch requests and display relevant request and response details in a similar spirit to the curl -I [--head]... utility.

Use these as follows in the browser:


Or, with the command-line compatible _cli equivalents, in a terminal session:

$ curl


$ curl

The /debug and /debug_cli versions use a smartphone HTTP User Agent. The /debug_curl and /debug_curl_cli variants use the curl (desktop and server-side) User Agent.

The applied User Agent is reported in the output and can be seen in the resulting HTTP request headers as in the following examples.

For /debug...:

{"User-Agent":"Mozilla/5.0 (Linux; Android 6.0; Nexus 5 Build/MRA58N) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/52.0.2725.0 Mobile Safari/537.36","host":""}

and for /debug_curl...:


Deploying AMPBench to the Cloud

Deploying AMPBench to Google Compute Engine

To deploy AMPBench to the App Engine flexible environment, you need to have a Google Cloud Platform Console project.

Please review the following documentation:

From within the ampbench source root folder, deplyoment to Google Compute Engine, App Engine flexible environment, should be similar to the following sequence.

Run gcloud init:

$ gcloud init

Deploy and run:

$ gcloud app deploy 

Deploying AMPBench to Amazon Web Services (AWS)

AWS Elastic Beanstalk uses highly reliable and scalable services that are available in the AWS Free Usage Tier and supports apps developed in Node.js, such as AMPBench, out-of-the-box.

Please review the following documentation:

Make sure to set up AWS with your account credentials:

The Elastic Beanstalk Command Line Interface (EB CLI) is configured as follows:

From within the ampbench source root folder, deplyoment to AWS Elastic Beanstalk environment should be similar to the following:

$ eb init # only initially or when the configuration changes
$ eb deploy

Configuring AMPBench via the environment variables

AMPBench supports configuration of the port to listen on via the PORT environment variable. e.g.

    PORT=8080 npm start

AMPBench also supports Google Analytics tracking using gtag configuration. To enable this simply define the GTAG_ID environment variable. e.g.

    GTAG_ID=UA-123456789-1 npm start


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