set_batch_ids method

Class: BatchClosePlatform: Selenium 3Language: Python SDK:

Set the batch ID of the batches that should be closed.


The Test Manager displays test results in batches. The article Grouping tests into batches with the SDK explains how tests are associated with batches based on a batch ID, and how you can use the SDK to control which tests will be part of a particular batch.

Here, we will focus on understanding the notions of an active batch and closing a batch.

A batch is created and becomes active when a test is started with a batch ID that does not match an existing active batch. As long as a batch is active, new tests that have a matching batch ID will be added to the batch.

Batches are closed automatically in one of two ways. By default, runner-based SDKs implement the Auto batch closure feature. This feature closes the batches associated with the runner's test after the tests have completed. In addition, in order to prevent large batches that could cause performance issues, the Eyes server closes active batches that have not been used for several hours, or if they have been in continuous use for more than a few days.

When a batch is closed, the Eyes server can send the user a batch completion notification. This feature must be enabled explicitly, see Batch completion notifications for details.

You can manage Auto batch closure by:

  • Disabling the Auto batch closure feature by calling class$runner$setdontclosebatches. This is useful if you want to combine tests from multiple runners, or tests that run as separate executions, into a common batch.

  • Disabling the Auto batch closure by defining the environment variable APPLITOOLS_DONT_CLOSE_BATCHES (on supported SDKs). This is useful if you want to combine tests from multiple runners, or tests that run as separate executions, into a common batch.

  • Manually closing the batch after it has been disabled, after all the tests have run, by using the class$batchclose$close$morp.

When closing a batch manually, this call is typically followed by a call to the method BatchClose.close.


value = obj.set_batch_ids(ids)


One or more batches to be closed.

Return value

Type: _EnabledBatchClose
The returned object is an instance of a class inherited from BatchClose. This is to ensure that you only call BatchClose.close if you've set the batch ID by calling set_batch_ids


The example below:

  • Assumes that automatic closing of batches has been disabled by setting the environment variable APPLITOOLS_DONT_CLOSE_BATCHES to a true value.
  • Illustrates how to manually close the batch when all tests on all runners have completed, using the method BatchClose.close.

Note that the batch ID of the batch being closed needs to be passed to the BatchClose.set_batch_ids method. In this example, we assume that a batch ID was set for all of the batches by assigning a unique ID to the APPLITOOLS_BATCH_ID environment variable. This is used as a default by the Configuration.set_batch method which is set up in the suite Configuration object and then assigned to each Eyes instance.

runner = VisualGridRunner()
# After creating the runner, configure it so that won't close the batch
runner = VisualGridRunner()
# Setup a common batch for all tests
batch_info = BatchInfo(batch_name) = my_get_uniue_id()  # User defined method
suite_config = (Configuration()  
# Assign the configuration to all newly created Eyes instances
eyes = Eyes(runner)
# After all the tests have completed, in all the runners
batch_id = os.getenv("APPLITOOLS_BATCH_ID")
batch_close = BatchClose()