Selenium WebdriverIO Tutorial


Do you know WebdriverIO is often called a next-gen browser and mobile test automation framework? The testing community widely uses the WebdriverIO framework to perform automation testing on web applications and native mobile applications. Wondering why? Because the tests performed on WebdriverIO are simple and concise. Also, it lets you control browsers with just a few lines of code. All these reasons have made testers adopt WebdriverIO to fulfill their browser testing needs.

1. Running Your First Automation Script

Do you know the WebdriverIO setup is very easy to follow compared to selenium testing configuration? There are many features that you can configure manually, which is very beneficial for automation testing. In this chapter, we'll cover the steps you need to follow for executing your first Test Automation Script using WebdriverIO.


2. Selenium Automation With WebdriverIO

WebdriverIO is extendible, compatible, feature-rich, and easy to install. It is considered a Next-gen test automation framework that supports both desktop browsers and mobile apps, which makes WebdriverIO a favorable option for Selenium automation testing. Read the blog to learn more on automation testing with WebdriverIO.


3. Browser Commands For Selenium Testing

WebdriverIO browser commands are used to perform certain actions on the browser directly. In this chapter, we will cover the ‘browser’ object and how to use them. We will also focus on the major challenges you might face while working on your Selenium Automation Scripts in WebdriverIO. Read the blog to learn more!


4. Handling Alerts & Overlay In Selenium

In this chapter on alert handling in Selenium, we'll show you how to handle alerts & pop-ups and overlay modal in WebdriverIO. We will also cover the different types of alerts you will face during automation and the key points you need to follow for alert handling in Selenium using WebdriverIO.


5. How To Use Selenium Locators?

In any automation testing framework, finding elements is the most fundamental activity. We have to choose web elements very carefully so that automation script execution can handle static and dynamic elements for stable test results. In this chapter we will help you learn how WebdriverIO Uses Selenium Locators in the most unique way.


6. Deep Selectors In Selenium WebdriverIO

WebdriverIO is one of the most popular automation testing frameworks that is extensively adopted by testers at a global level. It is an open-source progressive test automation framework built to automate web, mobile, and native desktop applications by leveraging the power of the Webdriver protocol. This chapter will help you understand how you can use Deep Selectors in Selenium WebdriverIO.


7. Handling Dropdown In Selenium

While performing automated browser testing, there'll be plenty of times when you'd have to handle the dropdown menu. Often used in forms, dropdown works great when conserving space and preventing users from choosing the wrong option in a form. Learn more about handling dropdowns in this chapter.


8. Automated Monkey Testing with Selenium & WebdriverIO

Are you wondering why to use monkey testing with WebdriverIO? Read this chapter to learn how you can leverage the awesomeness of WebdriverIO along with the selenium framework to automate monkey testing of your website or web applications.


9. JavaScript Testing with Selenium and WebdriverIO

Automation testing has become an integral part of the Agile way of software development. As the application grows, it becomes crucial to have a reliable testing framework to cope with the development velocity, detect the bugs at an early stage, and ensure quality. In this chapter we will help you learn how you can speed up JavaScript testing with Selenium and WebdriverIO.


10. Cross Browser Testing With WebdriverIO

In case you are using JavaScript for cross browser testing, you would have surely come across the WebdriverIO framework. It is one of the popular test automation frameworks that is built over NodeJS. WebdriverIO is also an open-source project like the hugely popular Selenium automation framework. Here is a step-by-step tutorial to help you understand how Cross Browser Testing is done with WebdriverIO.



What is WebdriverIO used for?
Being an open source testing automation tool, WebdriverIO is useful for testing iOS-enabled web and native mobile applications. The WebdriverIO framework is written in JavaScript and it runs on NodeJS. As it simplifies your interaction with the app that you built, WebdriverIO also helps in creating a stable and scalable test suite by offering the right set of plugins.
Does WebdriverIO require the use of Selenium?
The WebdriverIO project is not capable of handling the Selenium server on its own. The Selenium Standalone Service uses the Selenium Standalone NPM package, which sets up the server and all the required drivers to seamlessly run Selenium while running tests with WebdriverIO test runner.
How do I run a WebdriverIO test?
Here’s how you can run a WebdriverIO test -
  1. Install Node.JS and npm.
  2. Create a project workspace.
  3. Initialize package.json.
  4. Install webdriverIO CLI
  5. Create a WebdriverIO Config file.
  6. Create a Test Folder and Test Script File.
  7. Verify the wdio Test Runner.
What is the difference between WebdriverIO and Protractor?
Protractor focuses on the testing for Angular projects whereas WebdriverIO focuses on testing of React applications. Also, WebdriverIO tends to have a built-in mechanism to allow pages to load in Angular. Along with this, WebdriverIO provides support for both IOS and Android OS whereas Protractor does not seem to provide any for the mobile platforms.

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