Azure Pipelines

Integrate your Appium tests with Azure Pipelines or Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS)


Azure Pipelines formerly known as Visual Studio Team Services(VSTS) is a Microsoft product. Azure Pipelines is a Continuous Integration (CI) server, which automates the build and deploy process of your native apps. By running your Appium test suite in Azure Pipelines, you also automate testing as part of the build process. Add BrowserStack to the mix, and your native apps can be tested across 2000+ real devices. BrowserStack lets you integrate your Appium tests with Azure Pipelines using an extension that connects the CI server to the BrowserStack Appium Grid.

Use the BrowserStack Azure Pipelines extension to:

  • Configure your BrowserStack credentials.
  • Configure the App Uploader
  • Set up and tear down the BrowserStack Local binary for testing internal, development and staging environments.
  • Embed BrowserStack test results in your job results.


You need the following set up before you begin.

  • Azure Pipelines account
  • BrowserStack account

Installing Azure Pipelines Extension

To run your tests with Azure Pipelines on BrowserStack, you will first need to install our extension. Before installing the plugin, ensure you have the necessary privileges to administer the installation.

  1. Go to the BrowserStack extension page.

  2. Click on Get it free. It will redirect to the installation page.


  3. Use the drop-down Select an Azure Pipelines organization to select your organization. Click Install.


    This completes the extension installation.

Configuring Build Pipeline

Once you install the extension, you can configure a build pipeline. You can edit an existing pipeline or create a new one.

Select your organization, project and click on Pipelines > Builds.

To configure build pipeline with BrowserStack follow the steps.

  1. Select Agent job 1(it is a job name, it could be different if you are editing an existing job) and click on the + icon. Type browserstack in the search box.


  2. Hover on BrowserStack Config and click on the Add button.

  3. Select BrowserStack configuration setup click on the NEW button to set up BrowserStack credentials.


  4. In the popup, enter a name in Connection name field. Enter your BrowserStack Username and AccessKey. You can get your credentials from the app-automate dashboard page. Use the Verify connection button to verify the connection.


  5. Click OK to save the connection.

Configuring BrowserStack Local

BrowserStack Local Testing allows you to test native apps against the servers hosted on private, development, and internal environments. With the Local Testing binary, you can create a secure, private connection between the BrowserStack Appium Grid and your internal servers.

Starting BrowserStack Local

To enable BrowserStack Local follow these steps:

  1. Under BrowserStack configuration step, click on the checkmark next to BrowserStackLocal.


  2. Use BrowserStack Local Options to set any additional configuration options when running the binary.

    For example to enable verbose logging and to force local, pass

     {"verbose": true, "forceLocal": true}

    in the BrowserStack Local Options. The full list of options available here.

    Please use camel case in local modifier options, for example, use logFile instead of --log-file

Stopping BrowserStack Local

Please note that stopping BrowserStack Local is only required if you enabled Local in the above step.

To stop BrowserStack Local follow these steps:

  1. Select Agent job 1 and click on the + icon. Type browserstack in the search box.

  2. Hover on BrowserStack Stop Local and click on the Add button.


That’s it. This task will stop the BrowserStack Local.

Please note that the step to stop Local should only be called after the script which runs the test cases.

Configuring App Uploader

BrowserStack Azure Pipelines extension allows you to upload your app to the BrowserStack servers.

Follow the below steps to upload app from your local machine to the BrowserStack servers.

  1. Select ‘BrowserStack App Uploader’ and update the App path to point the app location on your local machine. This will set the ‘BROWSERSTACK_APP_ID’ environment variable with the App Id returned as a response after the app upload.

  2. If you would like to set a custom identifier for your uploaded app, set the ‘App custom id’ value. In this case the ‘BROWSERSTACK_APP_ID’ environment variable will be set to the custom id you provided. Custom Id is optional.


Run Tests

The BrowserStack Azure Pipelines extension sets the following environment variables:


Use these environment variables to set the DesiredCapabilities in your tests. For example:

String userName = System.getenv("BROWSERSTACK_USERNAME");
String accessKey = System.getenv("BROWSERSTACK_ACCESS_KEY");
String browserstackLocal = System.getenv("BROWSERSTACK_LOCAL");
String browserstackLocalIdentifier = System.getenv("BROWSERSTACK_LOCAL_IDENTIFIER");
String app = System.getenv("BROWSERSTACK_APP_ID");

public static void main(String args[]) throws MalformedURLException, InterruptedException {
    DesiredCapabilities caps = new DesiredCapabilities();
    caps.setCapability("device", "Samsung Galaxy S8");
    caps.setCapability("app", app);
    caps.setCapability("browserstack.local", browserstackLocal);
    caps.setCapability("browserstack.localIdentifier", browserstackLocalIdentifier);

driver = new AndroidDriver(new URL("https://"+userName+":"+accessKey+"", caps);
userName = process.env.BROWSERSTACK_USERNAME
accessKey = process.env.BROWSERSTACK_ACCESS_KEY
browserstackLocal = process.env.BROWSERSTACK_LOCAL
browserstackLocalIdentifier = process.env.BROWSERSTACK_LOCAL_IDENTIFIER
app = os.getenv("BROWSERSTACK_APP_ID")
app = process.env.

var capabilities = {
    "browserstack.user" : userName,
    "browserstack.key" : accessKey,
    "app" : app,
    "device" : "Samsung Galaxy S8",
    "browserstack.local" : browserstackLocal,
    "browserstack.localIdentifier" : browserstackLocalIdentifier

driver = wd.promiseRemote("");

  //Write your code here
  .fin(function() { return driver.quit(); })
userName = Environment.GetEnvironmentVariable("BROWSERSTACK_USERNAME");
accessKey = Environment.GetEnvironmentVariable("BROWSERSTACK_ACCESS_KEY");
browserstackLocal = Environment.GetEnvironmentVariable("BROWSERSTACK_LOCAL");
browserstackLocalIdentifier = Environment.GetEnvironmentVariable("BROWSERSTACK_LOCAL_IDENTIFIER");
app = Environment.GetEnvironmentVariable("BROWSERSTACK_APP_ID");

DesiredCapabilities caps = new DesiredCapabilities();
caps.SetCapability("browserstack.user", userName);
caps.SetCapability("browserstack.key", accessKey);
caps.SetCapability("app", app);
caps.SetCapability("device", "Samsung Galaxy S8");
caps.SetCapability("browserstack.local", browserstackLocal);
caps.SetCapability("browserstack.localIdentifier", browserstackLocalIdentifier);

AndroidDriver driver = new AndroidDriver(new Uri(""), caps);

user_name = os.getenv("BROWSERSTACK_USERNAME")
access_key = os.getenv("BROWSERSTACK_ACCESS_KEY")
browserstack_local = os.getenv("BROWSERSTACK_LOCAL")
browserstack_local_identifier = os.getenv("BROWSERSTACK_LOCAL_IDENTIFIER")
app = os.getenv("BROWSERSTACK_APP_ID")

desired_cap = {
    'browserstack.user': user_name,
    'browserstack.key': access_key,
    'device': 'Samsung Galaxy S8',
    'app': app,
    'browserstack.local': browserstack_local,
    'browserstack.localIdentifier': browserstack_local_identifier

driver = webdriver.Remote("https://" + user_name + ":" + access_key + "", desired_cap)
user_name = os.getenv("BROWSERSTACK_USERNAME")
access_key = os.getenv("BROWSERSTACK_ACCESS_KEY")
browserstack_local = os.getenv("BROWSERSTACK_LOCAL")
browserstack_local_identifier = os.getenv("BROWSERSTACK_LOCAL_IDENTIFIER")
app = os.getenv("BROWSERSTACK_APP_ID")

desired_cap = {
 'app': app,
 'device': 'Samsung Galaxy S8',
 'browserstack.local': browserstack_local,
 'browserstack.localIdentifier': browserstack_local_identifier

driver = webdriver.Remote("https://"+user_name+":"+access_key+"", desired_cap)
browserstack_local = ENV["BROWSERSTACK_LOCAL"]
browserstack_local_identifier = ENV["BROWSERSTACK_LOCAL_IDENTIFIER"]

desired_caps = {
	'device': 'Samsung Galaxy S8',
    'app': app,
    'browserstack.local': browserstack_local,
    'browserstack.localIdentifier': browserstack_local_identifier

appium_driver ={
    'caps' => desired_caps,
    'appium_lib' => {
        :server_url => "https://#{user_name}:#{access_key}"
    }}, true)

Note: You must pass browserstack.local and browserstack.localIdentifier capabilities to test on your local development servers.

Generating test reports

The BrowserStack Azure Pipelines extension enables you to embed the test results from BrowserStack into Azure Pipelines. We currently support viewing test reports in Azure Pipelines with a select set of languages and frameworks, which are Java with JUnit/TestNG, and Node with Protractor and WebdriverIO. The sections below describe how to configure your project to generate BrowserStack test reports.

Java - TestNG and JUnit

A prerequisite for embedding test reports is that the Java project must be built with Maven and use either TestNG or JUnit for testing.

To configure your project:

Add the following dependencies to your pom.xml file:


Add the following repositories to your pom.xml file:


Add the following plugin to your pom.xml file:


You must define the Maven properties, jdk.source.version and to match the Java versions of your project.


To configure your project:

Add wdio-browserstack-reporter as a dependency in your package.json file.

  "dependencies": {
    "wdio-browserstack-reporter": "~0.1.1"

Add browserstack as a reporter in your conf file.

// wdio.conf.js
module.exports = {
    // ...
    reporters: ['browserstack'],
    reporterOptions: {
        browserstack: {
            outputDir: './'
    // ...

outputDir (optional): defines a directory location for storing browserstack report files.

Here is the link for the GitHub repository.

Embedding test reports

Once you have completed the above steps, you can configure your Azure Pipelines setup to embed all the BrowserStack Appium reports and logs.

  1. Select Agent job 1 and click on the + icon. Type browserstack in the search box.

  2. Hover on BrowserStack Results and click on the Add button. Click on Control Options and enable Continue on error.


Please make sure to add BrowserStack Results step after the step which runs your test cases.

With this integration, you can now view the results of your Appium tests within Azure Pipelines.


This is how the test results look in Azure Pipelines:


By following the steps outlined in this guide, you should have a seamless integration between your existing automation in Azure Pipelines, your Appium tests and the BrowserStack Appium grid. This will help you leverage all the benefits of test automation and the scale and coverage offered by BrowserStack.