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Debugging Analytics

Data validation is a critical step in the instrumentation process. Amplitude lets validate your event data via Amplitude's User Lookup or using the Instrumentation Explorer Chrome extension.

Before you begin: Instrument your events

If you haven't instrumented any events, Amplitude's servers don't receive data, and no data is available in Amplitude itself. Amplitude strongly recommends that you create a test app to test and validate your first event data. See the Quick Start Guide for more instructions and advice on getting started with Amplitude.

User lookup

Step 1: Find yourself

After you have instrumented your events, the first step is to manually fire some of those events on your own device. After you have done so, follow these steps:

  1. Navigate to the User & Account Look-Up tab in Amplitude.
  2. Make sure you're viewing user-level details, and not account-level details.
  3. Search by user ID, device ID, Amplitude ID, or user property values.

Amplitude User Look-Up

Step 2: Analyze the event stream

After you find your user profile, scroll down to the Event Stream section. The event stream displays a user's entire event history, grouped by session. The most recent activity appears at the top of the list, and events populate the stream in ten seconds to one minute.

Clicking on an event gives you detailed information about it, including the user property and event property values at the time of that event.

Because the event stream can update in real-time, you can use it to make sure you're capturing new events correctly, or troubleshoot or debug instrumentation errors. For example, if you trigger an event only one time but the event stream consistently displays two instances of the event, then there could be an instrumentation error.

You can view more information and the raw data of an event by clicking Raw. Amplitude User Lookup Events

Instrumentation Explorer

The Amplitude Instrumentation Explorer is an extension in the Google Chrome Web Store that helps you examine and debug your Amplitude Browser SDK instrumentation just by interacting with your product. It captures each Amplitude event you trigger and display it in the extension popup. Download it here.

View your triggered events

In the Instrumentation Explorer, the Events tab is where you can find detailed insights into the parameters of each event you trigger on your website. This includes user_id, device_id, event_properties, and user_properties.

Amplitude Instrumentation Explorer

To switch between the different Amplitude projects that are receiving your events, select it from the Project dropdown. You can tell your Amplitude projects apart by their abbreviated API key:

Amplitude Instrumentation Explorer View Projects

To clear all the events from your popup, click the Forbidden icon:

Amplitude Instrumentation Explorer Clear Data

To copy your events' event and user property parameters, click the Copy icons:

Amplitude Instrumentation Explorer Copy Data

View your configuration options

To view the configuration options you've set for each project's SDK, click the API Options tab:

Amplitude Instrumentation Explorer Configuration

View your hidden events

To see a list of your hidden events or to display events on the webpage as they're triggered, click the Settings tab.

Amplitude Instrumentation Explorer Settings