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Run Cypress tests recorded with Chrome DevTools

Learn how to integrate your Cypress test scripts recorded using Chrome devtools recorder with BrowserStack Automate.

Chrome DevTools is a set of web developer tools built directly into the Google Chrome browser. Recorder is one such tool that allows you to record and replay the actions as performed in the Chrome browser.

In this guide you will learn how to:

Prerequisites

  • Chrome version 89 or higher to enable Recorder
  • Cypress Chrome Recorder installed in Chrome browser
  • BrowserStack Username and Access key, which you can find in your account settings. If you have not created an account yet, you can sign up for a Free Trial or purchase a plan.
  • BrowserStack Cypress CLI is installed using the command npm install -g browserstack-cypress-cli
  • Node version 14 or later installed.

Record browser actions and generate Cypress scripts

You need to enable the Recorder in your Chrome browser to record your tests. Once enabled, you can record your test case, and export the Cypress scripts that you can integrate with BrowserStack.

Enable Recorder

To enable recorder:

  1. In Chrome, click More options(vertical ellipses) icon and select Developer Tools from the More Tools option.
  2. In Developer Tools, click the More options(vertical ellipses) icon and select Recorder from the More Tools option. Enable Recorder

After enabling the Recorder, you can start recording your actions performed in the browser window.

Record and export script

In this example, we will perform the following actions with the Coffee-cart sample application, and export the recording as a Cypress script:

  • Open the Coffee cart page
  • Add items to the cart from the available menu
  • Checkout

To record and export the test script, perform the following steps:

  1. In Recorder, click Start new recording. Start new recording
  2. In RECORDING NAME, enter the name for the saved recording.
  3. Click Start a new recording and perform the actions as per the test case.Start recording
  4. Click End recording to complete recording.
  5. Click the Export icon and select the Export as a Cypress Test script option. Export Cypress script
  6. Save the Cypress script on your local machine.

The following code snippet shows the exported script:

//my-test.js
describe("cdp-coffee", () => {
it("tests cdp-coffee", () => {
  cy.viewport(1108, 931);

  cy.visit("https://coffee-cart.netlify.app/");

  cy.get("[data-test=Americano]").click();

  cy.get("[data-test=Mocha]").click();

  cy.get("[data-test=Cafe_Latte]").click();

  cy.get("[data-test=checkout]").click();

  cy.get("#name").type("xyz");

  cy.get("#email").type("xyz@g.com");

  cy.get("#submit-payment").click();

  });
});

Integrate script with BrowserStack

For running the script succesfully on BrowserStack, add required parameters in the browserstack.json configuration file in your test suite, such as Browser and OS, BrowserStack credentials, and the path to the exported test script.

The following sample configuration file includes all necessary changes to be made for the script to work on BrowserStack:

//browserstack.json
{
  "auth": {
    "username": "YOUR_USERNAME",
    "access_key": "YOUR_ACCESS_KEY"
  },
  "browsers": [
    {
      "browser": "chrome",
      "os": "OS X Big Sur",
      "versions": ["latest"]
    },
    {
      "browser": "chrome",
      "os": "Windows 10",
      "versions": ["latest"]
    }
  ],
  "run_settings": {
    "specs": ["cypress/integration/1-getting-started/cdp-coffee.cy.js"],    
    "project_name": "Cypress-CDP-Script-Test",
    "cypress_config_file": "./cypress.config.js",
    "cypress_version": "11",
    "build_name": "Cypress-CDP-Test",
    "parallels": "2",
    "headless": false,
  },
}
Important: Currently, the DevTools Chrome Recorder scripts do not support assertions.

Run your test

Save your test as mytest.js and run the following command in the terminal to run your integrated test:

browserstack-cypress mytest.js

View test results

After running your test on BrowserStack, you can view results on the Automate Dashboard.

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