Watir WebDriver Automated Testing

See our Watir example repository for a simple example on how to run Watir tests in parallel on TestingBot.


Watir, pronounced water, is an open-source (BSD) family of Ruby libraries for automating web browsers.


To install the watir-webdriver gem:

$ gem install watir-webdriver


Example with Watir WebDriver

require "watir-webdriver"

caps = WebDriver::Remote::Capabilities.new
caps[:browserName] = "firefox"
caps[:version] = "latest-1"
caps[:platform] = :WINDOWS
caps[:name] = "Watir WebDriver Test"

browser = Watir::Browser.new(
	:remote,
	:url => "http://key:secret@hub.testingbot.com/wd/hub",
	:desired_capabilities => caps)

browser.goto "http://www.google.com/ncr"
browser.text_field(:name => 'q').set 'TestingBot'
browser.button(:name => 'btnG').click

puts browser.title
browser.quit

Configuring capabilities

To run your existing tests on TestingBot, your tests will need to be configured to use the TestingBot remote machines. If the test was running on your local machine or network, you can simply change your existing test like this:


Before
browser = Watir::Browser.new(:firefox)

After
browser = Watir::Browser.new(:remote,
	:url => "http://API_KEY:API_SECRET@hub.testingbot.com/wd/hub",
	:desired_capabilities => caps)


Specifying the operating system, browser and version



To let TestingBot know on which browser/platform you want to run your test on, you need to specify the browsername, version, OS and other optional options in the capabilities field.


browser = Watir::Browser.new(:remote,
	:url => "http://API_KEY:API_SECRET@hub.testingbot.com/wd/hub",
	:desired_capabilities => caps)

To see how to do this please select a combination of browser version and platform in the drop-down menus below


1. Select a Platform
2. Select a Browser


Testing Internal/Staged Websites

We've built TestingBot Tunnel, to provide you with a secure way to run tests against your staged/internal webapps.
Please see our TestingBot Tunnel documentation for more information about this easy to use tunneling solution.


The example below shows how to easily run a Minitest with our Tunnel:


1. Download our tunnel and start the tunnel:

java -jar testingbot-tunnel.jar key secret

2. Adjust your test: instead of pointing to 'hub.testingbot.com/wd/hub' like the example above - change it to point to your tunnel's IP address.
Assuming you run the tunnel on the same machine you run your tests, change to 'localhost:4445/wd/hub'. localhost is the machine running the tunnel, 4445 is the default port of the tunnel.


This way your test will go securily through the tunnel to TestingBot and back:


require "watir-webdriver"

caps = WebDriver::Remote::Capabilities.new
caps[:browserName] = "firefox"
caps[:version] = "latest-1"
caps[:platform] = :WINDOWS
caps[:name] = "Watir WebDriver Test"

browser = Watir::Browser.new(
	:remote,
	:url => "http://key:secret@localhost:4445/wd/hub",
	:desired_capabilities => caps)

browser.goto "http://www.google.com/ncr"
browser.text_field(:name => 'q').set 'TestingBot'
browser.button(:name => 'btnG').click

puts browser.title
browser.quit

Other Options

We offer many other test options, for example: disable video recording, specifying a custom Firefox Profile, loading Chrome/Firefox/Safari extensions, running an executable before your test starts, uploading files, ...
See our list of test options for a full list of options to customize your tests.

Pick a Ruby test framework

  • Capybara

    Capybara is an integration testing tool for rack based web applications.

  • Cucumber

    Cucumber is a Ruby based test tool for BDD.

  • RSpec

    RSpec is a behavior-driven development (BDD) framework, inspired by JBehave.

  • Test::Unit

    Test-Unit is a xUnit family unit testing framework for Ruby.

  • Minitest

    Minimal (mostly drop-in) replacement for test-unit.

  • Watir

    Watir, pronounced water, is an open-source (BSD) family of Ruby libraries for automating web browsers.