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How to use Appium Inspector for Test Automation

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October 1, 2019
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Appium Setup for Windows

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How to use Appium Inspector for Test Automation

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Cross Platform Mobile Test Automation Using Appium

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March 21, 2018
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Mobile Test Automation Using Appium


With growing demand in the market, enterprise mobility has undergone a paradigm shift. Speed, quality and user-friendliness are the need of the hour for modern enterprises. Mobile apps have become a major source of revenue boosters for enterprises today.

It is a well-known fact today that the numbers of platforms and device types are more varied now than ever before. Customers continue to demand the latest devices, features and functionality, as well as increased mobility and accessibility. With the proliferation of mobile and portable device platforms and the Internet of Things, the workload of developers, and especially testers, has greatly increased. As traditional testing practices of manual app testing prove unable to keep up with the demand, businesses of all types are experiencing significant product delivery delays and, in some cases, costly product defects. Naturally, there is a growing demand for more efficient and cost-effective testing across all platforms.

Appium: Addressing the complexities of mobile app testing

To address the demands of complex testing needs, an effective mobile app testing platform is needed which is secure, supports functional and automated testing without losing an eye on the speed and quality. So, in this era where consumers have adopted smartphones, use multi-platforms to access mobile devices, do you think your app is delivering the best experience to your users? If not, then Appium is the solution. Appium is an open source, cross-platform mobile automation tool to automate the test for native, hybrid and mobile web apps.

Appium being one of the best solutions for automation comes with support for Android and iOS real devices. In fact, it also comes with support for simulators and emulators. At its core, it an HTTP server written in node.js. It has similar working as Selenium which actually perceives HTTP requests from selenium client libraries and handles those requests in different ways depending upon the platforms.

Being the best and widely used option available today in the market, it is widely adopted by modern enterprises to create a comprehensive mobile automation framework. With a growing user base and a stronger community, it is easier to adopt and implement which is why enterprises are adopting it on a very large scale. The best thing about Appium is that it lets you write in any language supported by Selenium using WebDriver API.

While testing an Android app, Appium automates it with the help of UIAutomator library, a part of Android SDK. This actually makes the learning and implementation easier for Selenium users. Having the capabilities to test on both Android and iOS devices makes it the best cross-platform mobile app test automation tool. Automation scripts can be run on real Android and iOS devices using the WebDriver JSON Wire protocol.

Appium starts a test case on the device that spawns a server and listens for proxy commands. On iOS, Appium proxies command to a UIAutomation script running in instruments.

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Appium: Why should you Choose?

  • Opens the door to cross-platform mobile testing which means the same test would work on multiple platforms.
  • Unlike other tools, it doesn’t require any third-party code to compile into your app to make it automation friendly.
  • Enables a variety of frameworks and programming languages by wrapping the vendor-provided frameworks in the WebDriver API that specifies a client-server protocol.
  • For a tester, the programming language and the whole experience would remain same irrespective of the automating platform as all complexities are under the hood of Appium server
  • Possible to Execute multiple tests on multiple platforms without the need to manage them.
  • Able to run test sequences with hundreds of test cases, across multiple platforms.
  • Enables the view and share of device interactions with colleagues using in real-time built-in collaborative screen casting
  • On-demand testing and leverage results directly
  • It supports automation frameworks like JUnit and TestNG



Appium has some challenges when it comes to scaling up with continuous integration. pCloudy brings to you a solution for this where you can automate your app tests with zero learning. Sign up on pCloudy and automate your tests on Appium for faster and better delivery of apps.

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How To Run Appium Scripts on pCloudy?

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pCloudy Mobile App Testing Platform - On Boarding Guide

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September 18, 2015
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pCloudy – On Boarding Document

Thank you very much for opting pCloudy.

We appreciate your business and welcome you to our long list of satisfied and much valued customers. Our success comes from the continuous faith in the excellence of our products and services, something we are committed to and would never sacrifice.

Our customer service, especially in the after sales phase, guarantees the satisfaction of our clients. In line with this strategy, we ask you to share with us your feedback at any time, be it positive or negative. There is always room for improvement, so if we can serve you better in anyway, please do inform us.

Introduction

This document is created to serve as a guide while you explore the pCloudy platform. It will help you understand how to use, to get quick help and whom to contact while starting off with pCloudy. Though this is not a complete help document, it will act as a quick reference to begin using the platform.

About pCloudy

pCloudy is a mobile application testing platform which will help you to test your apps on hundreds of real devices. You can remotely access real devices and carry out Manual and Automation Testing.

Quick Start

Registration

The platform has a secure login process to protect the apps you test. In order to use the platform you must setup your login credentials first.

Where do I do this?

Simply, enter your details at https://device.pcloudy.com/signup, after a short verification you will be ready to sign-in.

In case of any issues, drop an email to support@pcloudy.com

Sign-in

Once you’ve signed up, you can access the platform with the help of your registered Email ID and Password.

In case of any issues, drop an email to support@pcloudy.com

Note: If your workstation has touch screen feature, enable TouchScreenBrowserSettings

Where do we go from here?

Once you login, you will be exposed to an array of devices and platform features. You might get overwhelmed and lost, but don’t worry, we have you covered.

A typical pCloudy user will follow these steps for testing mobile apps using the platform.

Divided into five parts –

1. How to select right device from the platform?
2. How to manage apps on the platform?
3. How to start testing your apps on the selected devices?
4. How to run automation scripts on cloud-based devices?
5. Additional Features

1. How to select right device from the platform?

To select the right device on the cloud the platform provides various filters. These filters will help you to select devices based on the OS versions, OEMs, Screen Size, Network, or Device Location.

Mobile Device Testing

There are two modes to access the devices on the cloud –

1. Instant Access – This provides immediate access to the available devices at that moment. Just hit the ‘Connect’ button on any device displayed in the Instant Access page and you will be ready to use the device.

2. Book your Device – In some cases you might want to reserve a device for the future. You can book a device in advance to keep yourself prepared for testing. With careful planning, with the help of ‘Book your Device’ mode you can make sure the devices are available when you need them and save time.

To learn more, refer to these links:

Managing your credits

To use the devices you need to have enough credits in your account:

  • To view the remaining credits in your account refer to this link
  • To buy more credits, click this link

How to manage apps on the platform?

The platform provides secure limited disk space to store the apps on the platform. This space can be used to store app installation files (apk or ipa) or test data (image files, zip, etc).

Refer these links to know how to upload your app files to the platform:

Manual Testing of Mobile Apps

The dashboard provides you with quick and easy access to use the different features to test your mobile apps.

Device Information

1. Device Screen: You can use the device same as how you use a device physically. You can use swipe actions, zoom-in, zoom-out and various gestures to control the device.

2. Main Panel: This panel provides options to view device info, install/uninstall apps, change device settings, tools to debug apps and run automation, and more.

3. Quick Action Bar: Frequently used controls like taking Screenshots, changing device orientation, sending text to device, and more

4. Logs and Performance: Real time device logs and app performance are displayed

Features

Here’s a list of some important features to test your apps –

1. Functional Tests

You can install/uninstall apps on the devices, you can use various gestures on cloud based devices just like how you do testing on physical device, you can mock GPS location, take screenshots, and much more. Here are some links that will help you:

2. Performance Profiling

Performance profiling of Android Apps – You can monitor the CPU usage, memory usage, battery consumption, frame render count of the app in real-time while testing an app.

Performance on iOS Device – You can monitor the CPU usage & memory usage of the device in real-time during testing.

3. Debugging mobile apps

You can capture bug and crash information in the form of logs, screenshots, videos, and stack trace information while testing your apps on devices.

4. Test Mobile Web Apps

You can test your web apps or website on various browsers on various devices.

5. Network Virtualization Tool

The app you tested in your lab environment will not work the same way when you use it in an elevator, or in a basement, or while you are travelling on a highway. The Network Virtualization Tool will help you to emulate different network environments and test your apps.

6. Device Tunnel

You can connect and use a device with ADB just like the way you connect it physically with USB/Wireless ADB. This is used to control a device using ADB commands and debug apps.

7. Reports

The reports section will contain the complete details of all your testing sessions. It will hold the screenshots, logs, videos and the performance details of the testing.

8. Automation

You can run your automation scripts on multiple devices in parallel. The pCloudy platform supports several automation tools. Here are some links to help you –

Other than the reports generated from the automation tools, you can view additional testing reports stored on the platform as well – Automation Testing Reports. This will contain the videos, logs, and performance graphs of the devices on which Automation execution was run.

9. Integration with Continuous Integration tool – Jenkins

You can use CI tools like Jenkins in integration with the pCloudy platform. This integration will leverage your testing practices to a whole new level. You can deliver quality mobile apps continuously by automating the process of build integration using pCloudy plugin for Jenkins.

Team Admin

To effectively manage the devices, users, apps, or credits on the platform you can use Team Admin.
Refer to article – Team Admin

Contact

Find detailed pCloudy knowledge base articles from support@pcloudy.com
You can reach out to us – support@pcloudy.com or info@pcloudy.com

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