Selenium suite is a collection of software testing tools, which is used to automate web browser testing.
Open source testing tool like Selenium is used for functional and regression testing.
As a tester it is a sure fact that you must have come across Selenium.
But, Can Selenium Be Used To Automate Mobile Application Testing?
The summary below will give answer to all your queries.
Starting with the question that can Selenium be used as a mobile application testing tool is a thumbs down.
But bright side of the story is Selenium can be used for mobile website testing.
As Selenium is an open-source testing tool and thus not associated with any licensing cost, it aces in rank in competition with other testing tools.
Though you cannot use Selenium for automating mobile application testing, you can engage the schemes of Selenium which are solely fashioned for the sake of automating mobile testing like Selendroid or Appium.
Engaged to assess the user interface of native and hybrid applications that can run on Android platform, Selendroid is a Selenium scheme which is apt for emulators as it fits in the Selenium Grid, when the framework can be combined with authentic devices.
Selendroid framework permits you to synchronously interact with multiple Android devices.
Automated and open source test framework like Appium can be utilized for testing the mobile user interface coming along with native, hybrid and mobile web applications.
Appium thus helps you to smoothly perform tests on Android, Mac, Linux or iOS platforms, as it gets employed through a single test script, all thanks to its cross-platform attribute.
Few Simple Steps In Automating Mobile Testing Using Appium:
To start with visit http://appium.io and download Appium framework along with sample files as shown below:
Unzip the downloaded files.
Next step is to download and set up Android-SDK file on to your PC.
Look for Android-SDK framework and button down the AVD (Android Virtual Device) Manager application and then create “Default”.
Access the unzipped folder and import the Java->JUnit sample code as given below.
Now what you will be looking at is imported Java Project Structure.
Execute the Appium.exe files saved in the unzipped folder.
Launch the Appium server window.
You can modify the AndroidContactsTest.java file corresponding to your need.
Run the Java class as JUnitTest.
Conclusion will be application has matriculated the assess.
These smooth steps grants you potential of Selenium Appium to automate mobile application testing.