Here's a quick script to automatically monitor your Google PageSpeed Insights desktop and mobile scores for a web page, together with core web vitals (LCP, FID and CLS):
The script will log the overall PageSpeed score out of 100 for the monitored page. It also logs 75th percentile origin level core web vitals (largest contentful paint (LCP, seconds), first input delay (FID, seconds) and cumulative layout shift (CLS, percent)). If your origin does not have enough data the metric will be omitted. You can change from origin to page level web vitals if you have enough data, just change originLoadingExperience to loadingExperience in the script.
The results are repeated for desktop and mobile, so your spreadsheet header should be Desktop PSI, Desktop LCP, Desktop FID, Desktop CLS, Mobile PSI, Mobile LCP, Mobile FID, Mobile CLS.
There are a lot of other values returned (like number and types of resources on the page) that you could choose to monitor as well. It would also be easy to extend this to monitor more URLs, or to send you an email if the score drops below a threshold.
Updated May 5, 2019 to use version 5 of the PageSpeed API.
Updated June 13, 2021 to include core web vitals.
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Ahh so ive just realised the issue I had was that I was using Loadingexperience and not loadingexperience lol.
FYI, in order to access the live metrics of the API you would need to use the below format:
I hope that helps someone as it near enough drove me insane finding that out today.
Absolutely fantastic work btw! This is the clearest and simplest script ive seen written for accomplishing this task.
Extremely helpful. I do have one question however.
I notice that the data being extracted is referring to the originLoadingexperience. Am I right in assuming this is using the value from the origin dataset? Is there anyway to use the lighthouse data set for This URL, and not Origin?
I have checked the data on the PageSpeed Insights page by toggling between them, and it seems that the data thats pulled is the Origin set.
I've tried using just Loadingexperience instead, but it doesnt pull anything across.
The API appears to be more lighthouse based data not field data (CRUX), if you compare the two you get very different results. Even the API docs are not clear on what this data represents. But it appears to be the non field data.
You're right. A personal account won't do. A Workspace account did.
Hi Rod - do you use Google Workspace? If so, you could try going to API access in the admin console, find this app and then mark it as trusted (or ask your Workspace Admin to do this if it isn't you). If not then my best guess would be to go to your personal Google Account security settings, revoke any access for the script and then reauthorize.
I keep getting the error below. Do you know what causes it or how to fix?
This app is blocked
This app tried to access sensitive info in your Google Account. To keep your account safe, Google blocked this access.
Wessel - the callPageSpeed() runs the test for a URL and device type. If you call this multiple times you can pass in different urls and get results back from each. Depending on the number of URLs you'll likely want to refactor how the results are written out as well.
Hi Robert, thank you for this! you mentioned it would be easy to monitor for more urls. I'm wondering if you could perhaps show how that is done. I have tried multiple approaches, but the script only gives me results on one url at a time, no matter what I try. Any ideas how to solve this?
Terry, sorry, I'm not. Happy to help with any questions I can answer in comments.
Are you available for freelance? I have a monitoring project.