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Test Runner: Browsers

Browser launchers are responsible for opening and controlling the actual browser.

By default, the test runner will look for a globally installed Chrome on your computer.

Testing with Puppeteer

You can run tests with puppeteer, which will download a local instance of Chromium instead of relying on a globally installed version of Chrome.

First, install the package:

npm i --save-dev @web/test-runner-puppeteer

Then, add the --puppeteer in your package.json:

  "scripts": {
    "test": "wtr \"test/**/*.test.js\" --node-resolve --puppeteer"

Testing in all evergreen browsers

Playwright is a great tool by Microsoft that allows us to run tests in all evergreen browsers.

If you want to make use of this, you can do so by following these instructions:

npm i --save-dev @web/test-runner-playwright

This will locally install the required versions of Chromium, Firefox, and WebKit. Once installation is done, we can specify which browsers we want to actually make use of in our package.json script:

"test": "web-test-runner \"test/**/*.test.js\" --node-resolve --playwright --browsers chromium firefox webkit",

Now all we need to do is run our tests:

$ npm run test
$ web-test-runner "test/**/*.test.js" --node-resolve --playwright --browsers chromium firefox webkit

Chromium: |██████████████████████████████| 2/2 test files | 3 passed, 0 failed
Firefox:  |██████████████████████████████| 2/2 test files | 3 passed, 0 failed
Webkit:   |██████████████████████████████| 2/2 test files | 3 passed, 0 failed

Finished running tests in 3.4s, all tests passed! 🎉

As you can see, we've executed 2 test files in 3 different real browsers. If all your tests are green you can't get any more confident about your code. So let's ship it!

Using Browserstack

For modern browsers we recommend using other browser launchers, as they are a lot faster. Browserstack can be used to target older browser versions. Check the docs to learn how to set it up.

Learn more

All the code is available on github. See the documentation of @web/test-runner.