This page documents production updates to the Google Publisher Tag (GPT) library. You can periodically check this page for announcements about new or updated features, bug fixes, known issues, and deprecated functionality.
Understanding release dates
All changes to the GPT library are thoroughly tested before release. Additionally, releases are rolled out to users gradually to further protect against unexpected regressions. If a regression is spotted at any point during a rollout, the entire release can be quickly abandoned before it reaches all users.
Due to this, release dates are not exact; a release can can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks to roll out completely. This means that users will encounter changes at different times. The dates provided below reflect the start of the week in which a change finished rolling out to all users.
Week of May 03, 2021
GPT no longer sets space for slots before fetching ads. This change reduces [Cumulative Layout Shift (CLS)](https://web.dev/cls/) on sites that have not reserved space using CSS. To further reduce CLS on your site, we recommend reserving nonzero area for the ad using CSS. [Learn more](https://developers.google.com/publisher-tag/guides/minimize-layout-shift)
Week of March 22, 2021
Updated the behavior of
enableLazyLoad() to also delay rendering of below-the-fold slots on background tabs.
Week of February 23, 2021
Slot.set methods may now be called at any time before
set only applied when called before
Week of February 16, 2021
googletag.pubads().setPublisherProvidedId API may now be called at any time. Previously it only worked if called before
Week of January 4, 2021
googletag.pubads().collapseEmptyDivs API may be called repeatedly now to change settings. Previously repeated calls would be ignored.
Week of October 12, 2020
Launched web interstitial open beta, see help center.
Week of August 31, 2020
defineOutOfPagePassback(). See passback docs for how to correctly create a passback.
Week of June 15, 2020
Week of May 25, 2020
GPT will no longer support precise GPS location set by publishers. Specifically,
googletag.pubads().setLocation() will no longer support latitude, longitude, or radius parameters, but will instead take a freeform address.
Week of April 27, 2020
GPT rendering logic is no longer modularized into separate files. This means that GPT will fetch fewer files in its execution, and thus slightly reduces latency, but has no net impact on user bandwidth.
When a request is triggered in GPT (by calling
googletag.pubads().refresh()), we will now internally freeze all publisher provided state so that it cannot be mutated before the request is sent. Therefore, when a request triggers, only the state added up until that point will be used for that request. Any state which is modified after that will only apply to the following requests.
Week of November 11, 2019
There is now a new recommended snippet for creating GPT passbacks. Use of
defineOutOfPagePassback() is discouraged, since these functions behave synchronously and may be blocked by certain browsers. Learn more.
PubAdsService.setPrivacySettings() as a new method of enabling privacy settings. Additional settings will be available here in the future.
Week of March 25, 2019
Pubads service is now fully operational immediately after calling
googletag.enableServices() instead of being initialized asynchronously. This means that
googletag.pubadsReady is now guaranteed to be true right after calling
googletag.enableServices(). Polling to check the value of
googletag.pubadsReady should no longer be necessary.
Week of February 4, 2019
Week of January 21, 2019
Added a new supported event,
SlotResponseReceived, which fires when an ad response is received for a slot.
Week of January 14, 2019
Added a new supported event,
SlotRequestedEvent, which fires when an ad request is made for a slot.
Week of August 27, 2018
Week of August 6, 2018
googletag.PubAdsService.enableLazyLoad() for lazy loading ads in GPT.
Week of June 18, 2018
Fixed a bug which caused the
googletag.events.SlotOnloadEvent to not trigger.
Week of April 30, 2018
googletag.PubAdsService.setTagForUnderAgeOfConsent() for controlling ads for users under the age of consent, and
googletag.PassbackSlot.setTagForUnderAgeOfConsent() for marking the passback slot as coming from a user under the age of consent.
Week of April 23, 2018
googletag.PubAdsService.setRequestNonPersonalizedAds() for controlling ads personalization.
Week of March 12, 2018
Rolled back change which stopped removing existing content inside of slots prior to refreshing, if that content was not placed there by GPT. Contents will now be cleared.
Week of February 19, 2018
When asynchronous rendering mode is used: Request ads using XMLHttpRequest with the
HTTP GET method where possible for all ad requests, up to the 8,192 character limit. Previously, the
HTTP POST method would have been used for ad requests exceeding 4,096 characters, up to the 8,192 character limit.
Stopped removing existing content inside of slots prior to refreshing, if that content was not placed there by GPT. This note is incorrect; see entry for Week of March 12, 2018
Week of January 8, 2018
Support alternate syntax of
[..., ['fluid'], ...] as a
NamedSized within a multi-size array. Previously only
[..., 'fluid', ...] was considered valid.
Week of July 10, 2017
Removed labelIds field from googleTag.ResponseInformation.
Week of June 5, 2017
Week of February 27, 2017
Week of November 7, 2016
getSlots() API on Service for retrieving the list of slots associated with a service.
Week of October 17, 2016
Week of September 5, 2016
Errors caught in
googletag.cmd.push() are no longer invisible, and will be printed to the console.
Week of August 8, 2016
SlotOnloadEvent API to allow listening for a creative to finish loading.
Week of July 25, 2016
Week of June 20, 2016
openConsole() API to open the Google Publisher Console without the need for a page refresh.
Week of June 6, 2016
Adding configuration option where Safeframe should allow expand by pushing content:
Week of May 16, 2016
Support fluid size in multi-size ad requests.
Week of April 18, 2016
getResponseInformation API which returns ad response information for the ad slot.
setAdIframeTitle API which sets the input as the title of any ad container iframes that are created after.
Week of April 4, 2016
HTTP GET ad request max length to 4,096 characters.
Week of March 28, 2016
Adding configuration option where Safeframe should allow expand by overlaying content:
Adding configuration option where SafeFrame should use the HTML5 sandbox attribute to prevent top level navigation:
Week of February 22, 2016
Adding ability to set titles for ad container iframes:
Adding an API to configure SafeFrame properties on page and slot level:
Week of February 15, 2016
Adding ability to destroy a slot and re-use the div:
Adding an API to force the use of safeframe on ad slots with granular controls:
Week of December 7, 2015
Adding slot visibility events (
Week of October 26, 2015
Adding impression viewability (
Update passback targeting from a JSON map (
Week of October 12, 2015
Support for out-of-page passback.
Week of August 31, 2015
Restructuring GPT architecture into a thin loader and a bigger implementation.
Support for fluid size in GPT.