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Integrate Your Test Suite with BrowserStack

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

Using the BrowserStack SDK is the recommended integration method for Behave. The SDK auto-handles your integration steps.

Learn the benefits of using BrowserStack SDK

Following are the benefits of using BrowserStack SDK against manual integration process:

Integration Steps BrowserStack SDK Manual Integration / Other Cloud providers
Webdriver changes to run tests on BrowserStack Yes Supported without any code changes Changes Requires code changes to change RemoteWebdriver
Sending test context to BrowserStack for reporting Yes Supported without any code changes Changes Requires code changes in test suite
Integration with BrowserStack Local Yes Supported via config Changes Requires code changes in test suite
Basic cross-browser/device parallelisation Yes Supported via config Changes May require code changes in test suite
Advanced parallelisation strategies* Yes Supported via config Changes May require code / architecture changes in test suite
Time taken to complete integration Time Less than 15 min Time Upto 4 hours*

* Depending on your test framework


Prerequisites

  • An existing automated test suite.
  • Behave v1.2.6+, Python3 and Pip3 is installed on your machine.

Looking for a starter project? Get started with our Behave sample project.

Integration Steps

Complete the following steps to integrate your Behave test suite using BrowserStack SDK.

Set BrowserStack credentials

Saving your BrowserStack credentials as environment variables makes it simple to run your test suite from your local or CI environment.

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Install BrowserStack Behave SDK

Execute the following commands to install BrowserStack Behave SDK for plug-and-play integration of your test suite with BrowserStack.

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Unable to install BrowserStack SDK?

If you can’t install BrowserStack SDK due to sudo privilege issues, create a virtual environment and execute the adjacent installation commands again.

Mac OS or Linux:
python3 -m venv env
source env/bin/activate

Windows
python3 -m venv env
env\Scripts\activate

Create your BrowserStack config file

Once you have installed 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 platforms to test on

Set the browsers/devices you want to test under the platforms object. Our config follows W3C formatted capabilities.

Parallel thread #1
Parallel thread #2
Parallel thread #3

Enable BrowserStack Local

Test localhost/internal servers in your network

True
False
Test Localhost/Staging websites that are not publicly accessible

BrowserStack Local Testing feature connects with test suites that test your localhost URL

Learn more

If your staging environment is behind a proxy or firewall, additional arguments, such as proxy username, proxy password, etc, must be set. Check out Local Binary parameters to learn about additional arguments or Contact Support for assistance.

BrowserStack Reporting

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

Build Name

Set build name as the name of the job/test suite being run

buildIdentifier Description Generated build name on BrowserStack 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 Names

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:

BROWSERSTACK_BUILD_NAME="bstack-demo 1234" browserstack-sdk behave </path-to-test-suite.py>


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

By default, BrowserStack provides prettified session logs, screenshots on every failed selenium command, and a video of the entire test. Additionally, you can enable the following features:

Visual logs

Enables screenshots for every selenium command ran

True
False
Network logs

Enables network capture for the session in HAR format. Might reduce session performance slightly

True
False

Create browserstack.yml file

Copy the following code snippet and create browserstack.yml file in the root folder of your test suite.

browserstack.yml
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Run your test suite

Prepend browserstack-sdk before your existing run commands to execute your tests on BrowserStack using the Behave SDK.

Before
behave <path-to-test-files>

After
browserstack-sdk behave <path-to-test-files>

Advanced features and use cases

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

Accept insecure certificates

The acceptInsecureCerts capability suppresses browser popups warning about self-signed certificates usually found in staging environments.

Capability Expected values
acceptInsecureCerts A boolean. Default is False.
True if you want to accept all SSL certificates.
browserstack.yml

Change desktop resolution

The resolution capability changes the default desktop screen resolution for your tests on BrowserStack.

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

Others

Below are few of the 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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