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Why another doc on Appium?

My journey towards learning appium began with great excitement but road was quite bumpy too. Undoubtly has tons of information but it is enervating to find exact piece of information one is looking for m-site or app automation. Scanning through appium docs, stack overflow and tons of other online doc, one would be eventually able to find how to launch browser mobile browser on m-site. It took me three days to be able to launch website on chrome browser on android phone. But the struggle was worth it :-) And this was the main motivation behind writing this doc. A step by step description of how Appium could be set up to run tests on mobile site or app on a real mobile device or emulator. So lets begin learning Appium.

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Appium and Android Web test run

  • Why Appium? > WebDriver for mobile devices

 - Appium server written in node js exposes Rest API to interact with AUT
 - Start Appium server
 - Inspect element
 - Desired Capabilities
 - Enable developer mode on Android and enable USB debugging >

adb > command line tool that lets you communicate with an emulator or android device
 - Install android debug bridge
 - adb devices

Execute Android Web test



Appium and Android mobile app test run

  • Start appium and start appium inspector
  • Desired Capabilities
    • platformName - Android
    • deviceName - L2N0219828001013 (as seen on "adb devices")
  • Saved Capability Sets
  • Start Session
  • Scan app elements using appium inspector
  • Get appPackage and appActivity using "APK info" app
    • Install "APK info" app and open app whose appPackage and appActivity are required i.e. calculator
    • Check top section of app icon
      • is app package
      • is app activity
  • testng.xml file settings for running Android app tests
  • Test details and CalculatorScreen class
  • View beautiful STF test report




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