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Testing on Internal Networks

Run Capybara tests on your privately hosted websites using BrowserStack Automate

BrowserStack enables you to run your Capybara automated tests on your internal development environments, on localhost, and from behind a corporate firewall. This feature is called “Local Testing”.

Local Testing establishes a secure connection between your machine and the BrowserStack cloud. Once you set up Local Testing, all URLs work out of the box, including HTTPS URLs and those behind a proxy or firewall.

Note: Code samples in this guide can be found in the capybara-browserstack sample repo on GitHub

Configuring your Capybara tests for Local Testing takes just a few simple steps:

  1. Install local bindings:

     gem install browserstack-local
    
  2. Next, you need to update your Capybara config file, capybara-browserstack/config/local.config.yml and set the browserstack.local capability to true:

      server: "hub-cloud.browserstack.com"
      user: "YOUR_USERNAME"
      key: "YOUR_ACCESS_KEY"
    
      common_caps:
        "browserstack.local": true
    
      browser_caps:
        -
          "browser": "chrome"
    
  3. Run a sample test case to check whether the Local test connection has been setup properly. You can use the following sample test case, which can be found in the repo under capybara-browserstack/features/ directory:

    local.feature
    # Local Feature
    Feature: BrowserStack Local Testing
    
    Background:
      Given I am on http://bs-local.com:45691/check
    
    Scenario: Can check tunnel working
      Then I should see "Up and running"
    
    local_steps.rb
    # Local Steps
    Given /^I am on (.*)$/ do |url|
      visit url
    end
    
    Then /^I should see "([^\"]*)"$/ do |body|
      expect(page).to have_text body
    end
    
  4. You can now run your Capybara test using BrowserStack Local with the following command:

     # Run using rake
     bundle exec rake local
    

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