Chromium remote index server

This server provides about a day old index for chromium to be used by clangd. It aims to lower resource usage of clangd on workstation machines by moving project-wide indexing and serving pieces to a centralized server.

To make use of this service you need a clangd build with remote index support and point clangd at this particular index server.

More details on remote index internals.

Getting clangd client

Googlers only : clangd is installed on /usr/bin/clangd by default on glinux workstations, you can directly use that instead.

clangd/releases are built with that support for major platforms. You can find out about other options in here.

After acquiring the binary, make sure your LSP client points to it. Details about this process can be found here.

Pointing clangd to chromium-remote-index-server

Googlers only : if you are using clangd installed on a glinux workstation, you should have remote-index support on by default.

Finally you'll need to point clangd at this particular index server. The easiest way to achieve this is via user configuration: a config.yaml file in an OS-specific directory:

  • Windows: %LocalAppData%\clangd\config.yaml, typically C:\Users\Bob\AppData\Local\clangd\config.yaml.
  • macOS: ~/Library/Preferences/clangd/config.yaml
  • Linux and others: $XDG_CONFIG_HOME/clangd/config.yaml, typically ~/.config/clangd/config.yaml.

You'll need to populate this config file with the following, while changing /path/to/chromium/src/ with absolute path to your checkout location.

If:
  PathMatch: /path/to/chromium/src/.*
Index:
  External:
    Server: linux.clangd-index.chromium.org:5900
    MountPoint: /path/to/chromium/src/

FAQ

I am targeting a non-linux platform, can I still use this service?

If you are targeting a different platform, you can change the Server to one of the following instead:

linux: linux.clangd-index.chromium.org:5900
chromeos: chromeos.clangd-index.chromium.org:5900
android: android.clangd-index.chromium.org:5900
fuchsia: fuchsia.clangd-index.chromium.org:5900
chromecast-linux: chromecast-linux.clangd-index.chromium.org:5900
chromecast-android: chromecast-android.clangd-index.chromium.org:5900

Unfortunately we don't support mac & windows targets yet.

Will clangd still know about my local changes?

Clangd will still have up-to-date symbol information for the files open (and the headers included through them) in your current editing session, but the information might be stale for the others. This has been working fine for most users, but if that's not the case for you, you can also turn on local indexing for parts of the codebase. Such a config file could look like:

If:
  PathMatch: /path/to/chromium/src/.*
Index:
  External:
    Server: linux.clangd-index.chromium.org:5900
    MountPoint: /path/to/chromium/src/
---
If:
  PathMatch: /path/to/chromium/src/chromeos/login/.*
Index:
  Background: Build

Note that the fragment setting Index.Background to Build must come after the external index specification. More details on configuration schema.

I've multiple checkouts, how do I state that fact in config?

If you have multiple checkouts you can specify different fragments by putting --- in between. For example:

If:
  PathMatch: /path/to/chromium/src/.*
Index:
  External:
    Server: linux.clangd-index.chromium.org:5900
    MountPoint: /path/to/chromium/src/
---
If:
  PathMatch: /path/to/chromium2/src/.*
Index:
  External:
    Server: chromeos.clangd-index.chromium.org:5900
    MountPoint: /path/to/chromium2/src/

Verifying that remote-index is in use

Clangd should be working as before, e.g. can take you to the definitions of symbols that aren't directly visible within the current file, or provide code completions for symbols outside of current translation unit. Note that the information coming from files that are recently modified but not been opened in current editing session might be stale.

To increase certainity, you can check clangd logs after performing some actions like go-to-definition or code-completion for such contents:

I[12:49:24.612] Associating /repos/chromium/src/ with remote index at linux.clangd-index.chromium.org:5900.
V[12:49:24.614] Remote index connection [linux.clangd-index.chromium.org:5900]: idle => connecting
V[12:49:24.662] Remote index [linux.clangd-index.chromium.org:5900]: LookupRequest => 1 results in 48ms.
V[12:49:24.662] Remote index connection [linux.clangd-index.chromium.org:5900]: connecting => ready

Note that to see the verbose logs you need to pass in -log=verbose to clangd. You can find details about accessing clangd logs in https://clangd.llvm.org/troubleshooting.html#gathering-logs.

Untrusted config warning

If you have the following warning:

Remote index may not be specified by untrusted configuration. Copy this into user config to use it.

It means you configered the remote index through project config (e.g. /path/to/llvm/.clangd) which is no longer supported. Please follow configuration instructions above instead.

Symbol information seems to be missing for some symbols.

If you are working on a branded chromeos build, using chromeos index is not enough as there's some discrepancy in handling std symbols between branded and unbranded builds. You can work around this by updating your remote index spec to look like:

If:
  PathMatch: /path/to/chromium/src/.*
Index:
  External:
    Server: chromeos.clangd-index.chromium.org:5900
    MountPoint: /path/to/chromium/src/
CompileFlags:
  Add: [-D_LIBCPP_ABI_UNSTABLE, -D_LIBCPP_ABI_VERSION=Cr]

You can raise any issues about this service in clangd/chrome-remote-index.

Landing | Status | Privacy policy | Terms and conditions