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Appium with PHP

In this documentation, you will learn how to trigger a automation script of PHP for application testing with Appium on LambdaTest, set the desired capabilities for appium testing, and other advanced features of LambdaTest.


Previous versions of MacOS have PHP installed by default. But for the latest MacOS versions starting with Monterey, PHP has to be downloaded and installed manually by using below commands:

/bin/bash -c "$(curl -fsSL"
brew install php

To use the composer command directly, it should have been downloaded in the project directory. In windows the composer gets installed in different directory. So, copy the 'composer.phar' to the project directory using copy command:

copy C:\ProgramData\ComposerSetup\bin\composer.phar
  • Install the composer dependencies in the current project directory using the command below:
composer update
php composer.phar require phpwhois/phpwhois
php composer.phar install
php composer.phar require php-webdriver/webdriver

In case of any error, please try restarting.

Try our Sample Repository

Step 1: Get a Sample Project

You can use your own project to configure and test it. For demo purposes, we are using the sample repository.

Sample repo

All the code samples in this documentation can be found on LambdaTest's Github Repository. You can either download or clone the repository to quickly run your tests. Image View on GitHub

Step 2: Setup the Environment Variables

You need to export your environment variables LT_USERNAME and LT_ACCESS_KEY that are available in your LambdaTest Profile page. Run the below mentioned commands in your terminal to setup the environment variables.

export LT_USERNAME="undefined"
export LT_ACCESS_KEY="undefined"

Step 3: Upload your Application

Upload your iOS application (.ipa file) or android application (.apk or .aab file) to the LambdaTest servers using our REST API. You need to provide your Username and AccessKey in the format Username:AccessKey in the cURL command for authentication.

Make sure to add the path of the appFile in the cURL request. Below is an example cURL request to upload your app using our REST API:

curl -u "undefined:undefined" -X POST "" -F "appFile=@"/Users/macuser/Downloads/proverbial_android.apk"" -F "name="proverbial_app""
  • If you do not have any .apk or .ipa file, you can run your sample tests on LambdaTest by using our sample apps, 🔗 Android app or 🔗 iOS app.

  • Response of above cURL will be a JSON object containing the APP_URL of the format - lt://APP123456789123456789 and will be used in the next step

Step 4: Update your Automation Script

An automation script for the sample application given above has been provided here. Ensure to update the APP_URL, username and accessKey in the code scripts before running the tests.

require __dir__.'/vendor/autoload.php';
use Facebook\WebDriver\Remote\DesiredCapabilities;
use Facebook\WebDriver\WebDriverBy;
use Facebook\WebDriver\WebDriverWait;
use Facebook\WebDriver\WebDriverExpectedCondition;
use Facebook\WebDriver\Chrome\ChromeOptions;
use Facebook\WebDriver\Remote\RemoteWebDriver;

$caps = array(
"app"=> "APP_URL", //Enter app_url here
"deviceName" => "iPhone 11",
"platformName" => "ios",
"platformVersion" => "14",
"isRealMobile" => TRUE,
"visual" => TRUE,
"video" => TRUE,
"name" => "Php - iOS test",
"build" => "Php Vanilla - iOS"

$username = getenv("LT_USERNAME") ? getenv("LT_USERNAME") : "USERNAME"; //Enter username here
$accesskey = getenv("LT_ACCESS_KEY") ? getenv("LT_ACCESS_KEY") : "ACCESS_KEY"; //Enter accesskey here
$driver = RemoteWebDriver::create("http://$username:$",$caps);
$wait = new WebDriverWait($driver, 30);
$color_element = $driver->findElement(WebDriverBy::id('color'));
$text_element = $driver->findElement(WebDriverBy::id('Text'));
$toast_element = $driver->findElement(WebDriverBy::id('toast'));
$notification_element = $driver->findElement(WebDriverBy::id('notification'));
$geolocation_element = $driver->findElement(WebDriverBy::id('geoLocation'));
$home_element = $driver->findElement(WebDriverBy::id('Back'));
$speedtest_element = $driver->findElement(WebDriverBy::id('speedTest'));
$home_element = $driver->findElement(WebDriverBy::id('Back'));
$browser_element = $driver->findElement(WebDriverBy::id('Browser'));
$url_element = $driver->findElement(WebDriverBy::id('url'));
$find_element = $driver->findElement(WebDriverBy::id('find'));
} finally {

Step 5: Configure the Test Capabilities

You can update your custom capabilities in test scripts. In this sample project, we are passing platform name, platform version, device name and app url (generated earlier) along with other capabilities like build name and test name via capabilities object.

The capabilities object in the sample code are defined as:

  $caps = array(
"app"=> "APP_URL", //Enter app_url here
"deviceName" => "iPhone 11",
"platformName" => "ios",
"platformVersion" => "14",
"isRealMobile" => TRUE,
"visual" => TRUE,
"video" => TRUE,
"name" => "Php - iOS test",
"build" => "Php Vanilla - iOS"

Step 6: Execute and Monitor your Tests

  • Execute the following command to run your test on LambdaTest platform:
php IOSApp.php

Your test results would be displayed on the test console (or CLI if you are using terminal/cmd) and on the LambdaTest App Automation Dashboard.

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