TestingBot Blog

TestingBot provides a cloud of browsers to run Automated, Live and Visual browser testing.


Working on a real mobile device farm


We are working hard on providing a real mobile-device test lab to our customers.
On May 1, 2016 we will make our device farm accessible for anyone using TestingBot.

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Cloud testing with Sikuli and Selenium WebDriver

Sikuli is able to automate anything you see on your computer screen by using image recognition to identify components you want to interact with.
This is very useful if you want to test things that are not easy to automate, for example native OS GUI components.

Since Sikuli runs on Windows, Mac and Linux - it is extremely useful to use during your tests.
TestingBot now supports Sikuli on all VMs: Windows (XP, VISTA, 8, 10), Linux (Ubuntu) and OS-X (Mavericks, Yosemite, El Capitan).

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Uploading files with Selenium for testing

Since a lot of websites have upload functionality, it's important to know that this can be tested via Selenium.

Uploading a file during a test

With Selenium WebDriver it's possible to upload a file from your own computer.

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TestingBot updates in Oktober/November

To keep up with the ever-changing world of software/development and testing, we keep on working to improve TestingBot and add new features.
These last 2 months we've accomplished quite a few things:

  • add iOS 9.2 (currently beta) to our Selenium grid for automated/manual/screenshot testing

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PhantomJS Selenium testing in the cloud


Next to the +300 browser combinations we support we've now added support for PhantomJS.

PhantomJS allows for headless testing of your websites. It is very fast compared to normal browsers, because it doesn't draw anything to the screen, does not require a desktop environment or any other slow components. Since it's so fast, it's perfect to use as a first test-run, before doing tests on real browsers.

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TestingBot Breakpoints to debug your flakey Selenium tests

Today TestingBot has added a new feature that should help you debug issues you encounter when running automated tests.

Suppose you're running a test and you notice something isn't quite working well (ajax request is failing, javascript errors, ...).
When this happens, it'd be easy to simply pause the test, log in on the pristine virtual machine and start debugging with mouse and keyboard straight from your browser.
You could fire up Developer Tools and inspect the javascript errors, or inspect the ajax requests for problems.

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Selenium testing with Robot Framework

robot framework selenium testing

With Robot Framework you can build easy to read test cases, which can then be run via Selenium webdriver on our Selenium Grid.
It allows using keyword driven, behavior driven approaches and provides reports in HTML format.

Setting up Robot Framework

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Chrome and Firefox beta/dev cross browser testing

This week we've been adding many more browser versions to our list of browsers you can pick from.

You can now instantly launch a Chrome browser as old as version 35 on our website and use it with your mouse and keyboard. Or use it in your Selenium IDE/Selenium Builder/Webdriver test to automatically test your website. We've added Chrome versions 35 - 45 for all Mac (Yosemite/Mavericks), Linux and Windows (XP, 7, 8, 10) platforms.

Chrome and Firefox beta/dev versions

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Windows 10 and Microsoft Edge Cross browser testing


Windows 10 is now available on TestingBot to use during both manual and automated testing (Selenium webdriver).
This is the latest OS version available from Microsoft, with all installed updates, running the most recent version of Microsoft Edge.

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Speeding up our TestingBot Tunnel to browser test your internal websites

With our TestingBot Tunnel you can easily and securely test your websites running on your local computer or internal network.

When you download and start the tunnel, the java process makes a call to TestingBot to create a new pristine VM which will act as a proxy between your network and our browser grid.

As you start a test, the browser in our grid will connect to the VM, which in turn will forward the proxy request to your machine via SSH. The proxy VM runs the latest version of Squid to cache static files, speeding up the transfer between your network and our browser grid.

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