Thursday, 22 September 2016

Helper methods Appium 1.6.0 Beta

  // iOS        // Find element in table cell         driver.findElementByXPath("//XCUIElementTypeCell/XCUIElementTypeStaticText[@name='some-id']"));

        //   Print source of screen visible        System.out.println(driver.getPageSource());

        //default timeout for all commands executed using this driver. can be overridden using explicit wait        driver.manage().timeouts().implicitlyWait(3, TimeUnit.SECONDS);

        //EXPLICIT wait for element for x seconds        //  If explicit wait > implicit wait , then greater driver will default to greater wait period        int seconds= 3;
        WebDriverWait wait = new WebDriverWait(driver, seconds);

//        UIAutomation(IOS)//        Find visibility of element using XPath        xpath = "UIATableCell/UIAStaticText[@label='Family'][@visible='true']";

        click on first table cell (xpath may change based on your application)

2) Migration IOS Appium tests from UIAutomation to XCUITest

Most of the Elements have changed after Instruments have moved form UIAutomation to XCUITest
Hence all references using classnames and xpaths in Appium Automation must be updated to run from Appium 1.6.0 onwards
at the moment its in beta
Look at installation procedure here -

Table elements

Table / Row
UIATableview -> XCUIElementTypeTable
UItableviewcell -> XCUIElementTypeCell

Choose row 1 in a table using xpath- 

XCUItest iOS from UIAutomation to XCUItestUIAButton changes into  XCUIElementTypeButton
UIA***    --> XCUIElementType***
UIAStaticText -> XCUIElementTypeStaticText
UIATableView -> XCUIElementTypeTable
UIANavigationBar -> XCUIElementTypeNavigationBar


"UIABUtton" is replaced by "XCUIElementTypeButton"

1) Appium 1.6.0 beta1 Installation

I have managed to run my IOS tests on XCUItest using below changes.
Elements have to migrated from UIA to XCUI elements

Inorder to run appium on 1.6.0 beta 1 for ios 10 and xcode 8
use below settings

platformName = "iOS"
orientation = "PORTRAIT"
platformVersion = "10.0"
deviceName ="iPhone Simulator"
noReset = "false"
automationName = "xcuitest"
appiumVersion = "1.6.0-beta1"


npm uninstall appium
npm install appium@1.6.0-beta1

npm install -g appium-xcuitest-driver
brew install carthage

Install carthage dependency manager

Error : Fetching dependencies\nPlease make sure that you have Carthage installed (\nNote: We are expecting that carthage installed in /usr/local/bin/\n',
Solution : brew install carthage

Xcode 8 Installation : 
download xcode
unzip the xcode file 
Rename old /Applications/ to /Applications/ you still want to keep it)
Drag new Xcode app to /Applications/
Open Xcode and install it 

Other fixes: 

If you encounter issues  check here -
I had to manually run bootstrap as mentioned in above link 
cd ~/.npm-global/lib/node_modules/appium-xcuitest-driver/WebDriverAgent
sh Scripts/ 

To Properly install node check this link -

Saturday, 7 September 2013

(completed)Calabash IOS & Android online QA - Free session 21 & 28 Sep 2013

Hi All,

I am planning to conduct 2 live sessions to help my youtube audience get up to speed with calabash IOS & Android

If you are interested please add me ( on google plus

Youtube Channel Link - 

Overview of sessions

21 Sep 2013 - Calabash IOS session ( 1- 1.5 hours)
Timings :  10 AM UK time (  2-30 PM Indian Time)

How to write step definitions using calabash
How to run queries
30 mins QA session 

28 Sep 2013 - Calabash Android session  ( 1- 1.5 hours)
 Timings :  10 AM UK time (  2-30 PM Indian Time)

How to write step definitions using calabash
How to run queries
30 mins QA session

This will be an online session on Google hangout 


Friday, 30 August 2013

Calabash IOS ruby installation (rvm) error and solution

echo progress-bar >> ~/.curlrc
execute command to install rvm with latest ruby:
\curl -L | bash -s stable --ruby

Add below line into ~/.bash_profile
[[ -s "$HOME/.rvm/scripts/rvm" ]] && source "$HOME/.rvm/scripts/rvm"  # This loads RVM into a shell session.

Check calabash installation
 calabash-ios console
/System/Library/Frameworks/Ruby.framework/Versions/1.8/usr/lib/ruby/1.8/rubygems.rb:777:in `report_activate_error': Could not find RubyGem json (>= 0) (Gem::LoadError)
from /System/Library/Frameworks/Ruby.framework/Versions/1.8/usr/lib/ruby/1.8/rubygems.rb:211:in `activate'
from /System/Library/Frameworks/Ruby.framework/Versions/1.8/usr/lib/ruby/1.8/rubygems.rb:246:in `activate'
from /System/Library/Frameworks/Ruby.framework/Versions/1.8/usr/lib/ruby/1.8/rubygems.rb:245:in `each'
from /System/Library/Frameworks/Ruby.framework/Versions/1.8/usr/lib/ruby/1.8/rubygems.rb:245:in `activate'
from /System/Library/Frameworks/Ruby.framework/Versions/1.8/usr/lib/ruby/1.8/rubygems.rb:1056:in `gem'
from /usr/bin/calabash-ios:18

install this command and you may see below error
sudo gem install json

unable to convert "\xCF" from ASCII-8BIT to UTF-8 for lib/json/ext/generator.bundle,

sudo gem update --system
sudo gem install rdoc

Monday, 5 August 2013

Reading plist file using ruby : useful for calabash IOS Automation

#!/usr/bin/ruby -w
# encoding: utf-8

require 'plist'

def read_plist(plist_file)
  result.each { |k, v|
    puts k
    puts v


 Sample plist file

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" "">
<plist version="1.0">

very useful while readings strings for localisation (calabash)

Saturday, 18 May 2013

Get rid of facetime, misson control from mac on every start in 3 steps

Step 1) cd /Library/Preferences
Step 2) sudo vi
Step 3) Locate unwanted startup items and remove them , save the file and exit it and restart ur machine

Happy 'mac'ing