Testing NativeScript App with Appium: A Comprehensive Guide

Testing NativeScript App with Appium: A Comprehensive Guide

21 May 2024 Stephan Petzl Leave a comment Tech-Help

Automated testing is a crucial part of modern software development, ensuring that applications run smoothly and meet quality standards. For those working with NativeScript and looking to integrate Appium for automated testing, this guide provides a clear, step-by-step approach to get you started.

Understanding the Basics

Before diving into specifics, it’s important to understand the basic concepts:

  • NativeScript: A framework for building cross-platform mobile apps using JavaScript.
  • Appium: An open-source tool for automating mobile apps, supporting various platforms including iOS and Android.
  • Jasmine: A behavior-driven development framework for testing JavaScript code.

Interacting with NativeScript Views

NativeScript views are typically created using XML and include attributes like text, name, css, etc. These attributes are essential for interacting with the views during testing. You can access these elements using methods such as By.name or By.cssSelector, depending on the attributes provided during development.


describe('MyApp', function() {
  describe('Login', function() {
    it('should successfully login', function() {
      // Locate elements using By.name or By.cssSelector
      var usernameField = element(By.name('username'));
      var passwordField = element(By.name('password'));
      var loginButton = element(By.cssSelector('.login-button'));

      // Interact with elements

      // Validate response
      var response = element(By.name('response'));
      expect(response.getText()).toBe('Login Successful');

Running Your Tests

Integrating Appium with Jasmine to run your tests involves a few additional steps compared to running plain Jasmine tests. Here’s a simplified approach:

  1. Ensure Appium is installed and configured on your system.
  2. Create a test script that includes the necessary setup and teardown methods for Appium.
  3. Use Gulp to automate the test execution process.

Example Gulp Script:

const gulp = require('gulp');
const jasmine = require('gulp-jasmine');
const appium = require('appium');

gulp.task('test', function() {
  return gulp.src('./path/to/tests.js')

gulp.task('default', gulp.series('test'));

Additional Resources

For more advanced configurations and troubleshooting, you may find these articles useful:

Enhancing Your Testing Workflow

While Appium is a powerful tool, it can sometimes be slow and result in unstable tests. This is where Repeato can significantly enhance your testing workflow. Repeato is a no-code test automation tool for iOS and Android, designed to create, run, and maintain automated tests efficiently. Leveraging computer vision and AI, Repeato tests are faster to set up and run, providing a more stable and reliable testing environment.

By incorporating Repeato into your testing strategy, you can streamline your processes and achieve more consistent results, ultimately improving the quality and reliability of your mobile applications.

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