Testing native iOS apps using XCUI
The Applitools Eyes XCUI SDK allows you to easily add visual checkpoints to your XCUI tests. It takes care of getting screenshots of your application via XCUI, sending them to the Eyes server for validation and failing the test in case differences are found.
Install the SDK
Using Swift Package Manager
In Xcode, select File > Add Packages... then add the GitHub URL of
EyesXCUI to your podfile
target ‘YOUR_APPLICATION_TARGET_NAME’ do
target ‘YOUR_UNIT_TESTING_TARGET_NAME’ do
Run your first test
Applitools Eyes reports differences by comparing screenshots of your application with baseline images that define the expected appearance of the application at each step of the test. By default, the Eyes SDK detects the environment in which the application is running (namely, the operating system, the device and its viewport size) and compares the screenshots against baseline images that are specific to that environment. The first time you run a test in a given environment, its screenshots will be automatically saved as its baseline. Starting from the second run onward, you always have a baseline to compare against.
The test below is a taken from a demo project, which you can download from: eyes-ios-hello-world. It consists of six visual checkpoints, each validating the entire application window. The first time you run this test a new baseline will be created, and subsequent test runs will be compared to this baseline. If any screenshot mismatch its baseline image in a perceptible way,
eyes.close() will throw a
DiffsFoundException which includes a URL that points to a detailed report where you can see the detected differences and take appropriate actions such as reporting bugs, updating the baseline and more.
Before running the test, make sure to set the API key that identifies your account in the environment variable
APPLITOOLS_API_KEY or directly assign it to the
eyes.apiKey property. You can find your API key under the user menu located at the right hand side of the test manager toolbar. If you don't yet have an account create it now to obtain your key.
Analyze your test results
Congratulations! You've successfully run your first visual UI test with Applitools Eyes! A detailed report is ready for your inspection at the Applitools Eyes test manager. Watch this 5 minute video to get acquainted with the test manager and to learn the basics of baseline maintenance.
Login to Applitools and analyze the results.
Applitools Eyes is a powerful platform for automated visual UI testing that supports full page screenshots, page layout matching, cross-device and browser testing, test batching, baseline branching and merging, automated baseline maintenance, collaboration features, and much more. Applitools has over 40 SDKs supporting a broad range of testing environments.
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Taking the next steps with Applitools
Congratulations on completing this quickstart! There's still so much to learn about visual testing with Applitools, but you're off to a great start.
Resources for next steps:
- 🤖 Learning how visual testing works
- ↔️ Setting match levels for visual checkpoints
- 💥 Troubleshooting common issues
- 🐞 Reporting bugs
- 🗺 Detailed overview of visual testing with Applitools