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Integrate your test suite with BrowserStack

BrowserStack’s MSTest SDK supports a plug-and-play integration. Run your entire test suite in parallel in a few steps!

Looking for a starter project? Get started with our MSTest sample project

Prerequisites

  • An existing automated test suite.
  • .Net v5.0+, MSTest v2.2.4+

The BrowserStack SDK for MSTest is currently not available on Mac computers with the M1 and M2 chip architecture.

Integration steps

If you want to get started with our starter project, refer to our MSTest sample project. If you are using our sample project, you do not need to follow the integration steps.

Depending on your preferred method of building projects, perform the following steps to integrate your test suite with BrowserStack.

Set BrowserStack credentials

Save your BrowserStack credentials as environment variables. It simplifies running your test suite from your local or CI environment.

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Add BrowserStack SDK as NuGet package

Steps to install BrowserStack SDK as a NuGet package:

  1. On the Visual Studio toolbar, select ProjectManage NuGet Packages. A NuGet Package Manager Window opens.
  2. In the Browse tab, search for BrowserStack.TestAdapter, and click Install.

Install BrowserStack as NuGet

Create your BrowserStack config file

After installing the SDK, create a browserstack.yml config file at the root level of your project. This file holds all the required capabilities to run tests on BrowserStack.

Set access credentials

Set userName and accessKey parameters in the browserstack.yml file, available in the root directory, to authenticate your tests on BrowserStack.

Set platforms to test on

Set the browsers/OS you want to test under the platforms object. Select over 100+ browsers-OS combinations from the list of supported browsers and OS.

Enable BrowserStack Local

Test localhost/internal servers in your network

True
False
Test localhost/staging websites that are not publicly accessible

BrowserStack’s Local Testing feature connects with test suites pointing to your localhost URL

Learn more

BrowserStack Local supports all advanced use cases and restricted networks. Contact our support team for assistance in configuring BrowserStack Local for your enterprise.

BrowserStack Reporting

You can leverage BrowserStack’s extensive reporting features using the following capabilities:

Build Name

Set a name to your build (usually the same as the build ID that’s on your CI/CD platform). Accepted characters: A-Z, a-z, 0-9, ., :, -, [], /, @, &, , _. All other characters are ignored.
Character limit: 255

buildIdentifier Description Generated build name on dashboard
${BUILD_NUMBER} (Default) If build is triggered locally, an incremental counter is appended.

If build is triggered with CI tools, CI generated build number is appended.
bstack-demo 1


bstack-demo CI 1395
${DATE_TIME} The timestamp of run time is appended to the build. bstack-demo 29-Nov-20:44
Advanced use cases for Build name

Custom formatting of build name

Prefix buildIdentifier with desired characters, for example, # or :

buildName: bstack-demo
buildIdentifier: '#${BUILD_NUMBER}'

Re-run tests in a build

You can re-run selected tests from a build using any of the following options:

Option 1: Set the existing build name in the BROWSERSTACK_BUILD_NAME variable and prepend it to your test run command to re-run tests in the same build:

MacOS/Linux:

BROWSERSTACK_BUILD_NAME=“bstack-demo 123” dotnet test --filter TestCategory=sample-test

Windows Powershell:

$env:BROWSERSTACK_BUILD_NAME=“bstack-demo 123”; dotnet test --filter TestCategory=sample-test

Windows cmd:

set BROWSERSTACK_BUILD_NAME="bstack-demo 123" && dotnet test --filter TestCategory=sample-test


Option 2: Set the build name as a combination of buildName and buildIdentifier, as seen on the dashboard, and set buildIdenitifier as null:

buildName: bstack-demo 123
buildIdentifier: null


Option 3: Set the buildIdentifier as the build number or time of the required build as seen on the dashboard:

buildName: bstack-demo
buildIdentifier: 123


Project Name

Set a project name for your project.

sessionName is the name of your test sessions and is automatically picked from your test class/spec name. It doesn’t need to be set manually when using the BrowserStack SDK.

Use additional debugging features

BrowserStack offers session logs, screenshots of failed commands, and a video of the entire test, with additional options to enable.

Video

Enables video recording for every command ran

True
False

Update browserstack.yml file

Update the browserstack.yml file in the root folder of your test suite and add the following code to it. Note that the values in the platforms section are sample values. Replace them with the browser-OS combination of your choice.

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Run your test suite

The BrowserStack Test Adapter enables you to execute your test suite seamlessly, just as you did previously.

  1. On the Visual Studio toolbar, select TestTest Explorer.
  2. Right-click on your test and click Run.

Select and Run Test

Set BrowserStack credentials

Save your BrowserStack credentials as environment variables. It simplifies running your test suite from your local or CI environment.

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Install BrowserStack SDK

Run the following command to install the BrowserStack SDK and create a browserstack.yml file in the root directory of your project.

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Update your BrowserStack config file

Now that the BrowserStack SDK has been installed and the browserstack.yml config file has been created, update your browserstack.yml config file with the following parameters:

Set platforms to test on

Set the browsers/OS you want to test under the platforms object. Select over 100+ browsers-OS combinations from the list of supported browsers and OS.

Enable BrowserStack Local

Test localhost/internal servers in your network

True
False
Test localhost/staging websites that are not publicly accessible

BrowserStack’s Local Testing feature connects with test suites pointing to your localhost URL

Learn more

BrowserStack Local supports all advanced use cases and restricted networks. Contact our support team for assistance in configuring BrowserStack Local for your enterprise.

BrowserStack Reporting

You can leverage BrowserStack’s extensive reporting features using the following capabilities:

Build Name

Set a name to your build (usually the same as the build ID that’s on your CI/CD platform).
Accepted characters: A-Z, a-z, 0-9, ., :, -, [], /, @, &, ', _. All other characters are ignored.
Character limit: 255

buildIdentifier Description Generated build name on dashboard
${BUILD_NUMBER} (Default) If build is triggered locally, an incremental counter is appended.

If build is triggered with CI tools, CI generated build number is appended.
bstack-demo 1


bstack-demo CI 1395
${DATE_TIME} The timestamp of run time is appended to the build. bstack-demo 29-Nov-20:44
Advanced use cases for Build name

Custom formatting of build name

Prefix buildIdentifier with desired characters, for example, # or :

buildName: bstack-demo
buildIdentifier: '#${BUILD_NUMBER}'

Re-run tests in a build

In order to re-run your build, you need to ensure that your build name matches an existing build so that your tests get merged into the previously run build.
You can re-run selected tests from a build using any of the following options:

Option 1: Set the existing build name in the BROWSERSTACK_BUILD_NAME variable and prepend it to your test run command to re-run tests in the same build:

MacOS/Linux:

BROWSERSTACK_BUILD_NAME=“bstack-demo 123” dotnet test --filter TestCategory=sample-test

Windows Powershell:

$env:BROWSERSTACK_BUILD_NAME=“bstack-demo 123”; dotnet test --filter TestCategory=sample-test

Windows cmd:

set BROWSERSTACK_BUILD_NAME="bstack-demo 123" && dotnet test --filter TestCategory=sample-test


Option 2: Set the build name as a combination of buildName and buildIdentifier, as seen on the dashboard, and set buildIdenitifier as null:

buildName: bstack-demo 123
buildIdentifier: null


Option 3: Set the buildIdentifier as the build number or time of the required build as seen on the dashboard:

buildName: bstack-demo
buildIdentifier: 123


Project Name

Set a project name for your project.

sessionName is the name of your test sessions and is automatically picked from your test class/spec name. It doesn’t need to be set manually when using the BrowserStack SDK.

Use additional debugging features

BrowserStack offers session logs, screenshots of failed commands, and a video of the entire test, with additional options to enable.

Video

Enables video recording for every command ran

True
False

Update browserstack.yml file with selected capabilities

Copy the code snippet and replace the contents of the browserstack.yml file in the root folder of your test suite. Note that the values in the platforms section are example values. Replace them with the browser-OS combination of your choice.

browserstack.yml
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Run your test suite

Continue running your tests as you have been running previously. The command to run your tests using the BrowserStack SDK remains unchanged. For your reference, here’s a sample command:

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Advanced features and use cases

Here’s a list of features and capabilities you may find useful.

Lighthouse Integration

Learn how to Integrate Lighthouse to your Playwright tests for improving the quality of your web pages.

Chrome Extension Testing

Learn more about Testing Chrome Extension on your Playwright tests with BrowserStack Automate.

Simulate IP geolocation

The browserstack.geoLocation capability lets you test your websites across different countries.

Note that this capability is supported on the Enterprise plan only. You can contact sales to get an Enterprise plan for your account.

Capability Description Expected values
resolution Set the resolution of your VM before beginning your test A string. Default resolution is 1024x768

Supported resolutions:
Windows (XP, 7): 800x600, 1024x768, 1280x800, 1280x1024, 1366x768, 1440x900, 1680x1050, 1600x1200, 1920x1200, 1920x1080, and 2048x1536

Windows (8, 8.1, 10): 1024x768, 1280x800, 1280x1024, 1366x768, 1440x900, 1680x1050, 1600x1200, 1920x1200, 1920x1080, and 2048x1536

OS X (Ventura, Monterey, Big Sur, Catalina, Mojave, and High Sierra): 1024x768, 1280x960, 1280x1024, 1600x1200, 1920x1080, 2560x1440, 2560x1600, and 3840x2160

OS X (All other versions): 1024x768, 1280x960, 1280x1024, 1600x1200, and 1920x1080
browserstack.yml

Others

Following are a few additional links to documentation pages that might help with your test scenarios:

Next steps

Once you have successfully integrated your test suite with BrowserStack, you might want to check the following:

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