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Businesses are constantly driven by connectivity, artificial intelligence, and automation. Increasing revenue and better customer experiences have become top business priorities. Mobile & web applications are literally at the heart of those strategic goals. There are a lot of software testing tools used for web and mobile test automation. They vary in functionality, platforms, and terms of use. In this Appium Studio Tutorial, we are going to explore Appium Studio – a fairly new tool for mobile automation testing.

Let’s take a look at topics covered in this Appium Studio Tutorial:

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What is Appium Studio?

Appium Studio is an IDE created by Experitest, designed for mobile test automation development and execution using the AppiumSelenium WebDriver API. 

Appium Studio Logo - Appium Studio - EdurekaIt is a commercial, enhanced version of the Appium for Android and iOS, an open-source tool suitable for large-scale Enterprise deployments. In simple terms, it addresses the core challenges present in Appium testing. Also, helps organizations release high-quality mobile apps in less time. 

Challenges of using Appium

Web and mobile applications are the main ways through which customers and businesses interact with each other. Mobile test automation makes it easy for companies to constantly create new experiences for their customers through websites and mobile apps. Appium is a popular open source test automation tool built for mobile apps. However, it poses some challenges like:

  • Setting up Appium locally can be a challenge
  • When an application needs to interact with a device’s camera, microphone, or NFC chip it needs testing. These types of tests are not usually supported in Appium.
  • Appium doesn’t support parallel test execution
  • Appium users usually need to spend a lot of time connecting the Appium software to third-party reporting systems. As a result, most of the time reports are inconsistent and prone to breakage.

This is where Appium Studio comes into the picture. It makes Appium testing much better and smoother. It cuts the effort and cost of developing and executing an Appium based mobile test automation program. Enables faster delivery of better quality mobile apps. 

Features of Appium Studio

To meet the challenges that we discussed earlier, an enhanced version of Appium open source, Appium Studio was created. Appium Studio’s functionality is broken down into two main categories:

  • The first is a visual test development tool that provides its users with features like test recorder, device reflection, and object spy. 
  • Next is the Appium execution engine, which is especially designed for mobile. This engine enables test execution, out of app testing, and parallel execution.

This combination of functionalities helps Appium Studio address many of Appium’s limitations.

AppiumStudioFeatures - Appium Studio - Edureka

Best features of Appium Studio include:

Quick & Easy Set-up and Scripting 

Setting up and installing Appium is complex and time-consuming. However, setting up Appium Studio is very easy. In fact, it can be installed with just one click.

Scales Local Automation to an Enterprise Environment

Core Appium tool was designed to test locally on a small number of devices. On the other hand, projects on Appium Studio can be scaled to include hundreds of devices and thousands of tests.

Adds Remote Capabilities Critical for Offshore Teams 

In Appium Studio, test developers can connect to the SeeTestCloud, and test from anywhere at any time. SeeTestCloud provides access to newly released devices and OS versions, including OS beta versions.

Increased Functionality

Appium Studio makes it possible to automate tests beyond the application itself. It is not possible with the core Appium automation. For example, suppose you have a verification process which involves sending confirmation SMS. With Appium you would have to extract the verification code manually but with Appium Studio you can automate the process. 

Fully Customizable Reporting

Appium Studio includes a fully customizable reporting tool. This way analyzing testing results becomes much simpler.

The remainder of this Appium Studio Tutorial we will check out how to install and set it up so that you can get started with your mobile test automation.

How to install and use Appium Studio?

Appium Studio is available in two models:

  1. Appium Studio – It’s a free downloadable tool which integrates with your existing testing environment. You can develop Appium tests using real local devices connected to your computer via a USB cable.
  2. Appium Studio for Eclipse –  It’s a free downloadable plug-in for Eclipse using which you can develop, execute and debug Appium tests on real mobile devices directly from Eclipse. You can even access the latest versions of devices from SeeTestCloud for testing.

In this Appium Studio Tutorial, we will check out how to install Appium Studio so that you can integrate it with your testing environment. First, let us look at the prerequisites and system requirements.

Minimum Hardware Requirements:

  • Intel®  i5 or i7 processor
  • 1 GB free hard disk space
  • 8 GB RAM
  • 1 available USB 2.0 port and USB cable

Windows OS and Software Requirements:

  • Microsoft Windows Vista (64 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8 or higher
  • .Net Framework 3.5 or higher

Installing & Using Appium Studio

Step 1: Installation & Set Up

Here is the screenshot on how to install and set up Appium Studio from Experitest’s Documentation. 

Installation - Appium Studio - Edureka

So, it’s as simple as that. It comes pre-packaged with all of the required tools and dependencies. Even on a clean machine, you don’t have to install any additional components.

Step 2: Using Visual Interface

The visual interface provides immediate visual feedback. That way you can keep track of what you are doing, and you can identify errors immediately. Main areas in Appium Studio visual interface are the Device Manager, Application Manager, Test Area, Log/Code Area, Device Reflection and Object Spy.

Visual Interface - Appium Studio - Edureka

Step 3: Connecting a Device

You can use Appium Studio to work on both locally connected devices or with a selection of remote devices located in Experitest’s mobile device cloud: SeeTest Digital Assurance Lab. Using the set up provided by Appium Studio connect to the device and configure the details.

DeviceConnection - Appium Studio - Edrueka

Step 4: Using the Device Reflection

Successfully connecting to the device opens a fully controllable device reflection. Well, you can perform operations such as clicking on the screen to access systems and 3rd party applications, use swipes and gestures and much more. Through the device reflection, you also have access to important testing and test development tools such as the object spy, device logs etc.

DeviceReflection - Appium Studio - Edureka

Step 5: Installing & Opening Applications

Next step is to install or upload application that you want to test either locally or on the cloud. You can manage all application related features like installing, launching, instrumentation, clearing data, uninstall, signing and management of language files using application manager. 

LaunchApplication - Appium Studio - Edureka

On opening an application, Appium Studio automatically identifies required capabilities and populates the capabilities area. You have an option select or de-select the capabilities according to the test scenario you wish to automate.

Step 6: Developing and Executing Tests

With the help of device reflection and other tools makes test scripting extremely easy in Appium Studio. Tests can be created with a recorder or with the help of the tool called Object Spy. Both of these can be used for native, web and third-party apps.

ExecuteTests - Appium Studio - Edureka

You can execute tests in Appium Studio with or without test capabilities, or run only specific commands. You can actually see the test as it is being executed on the device reflection.

So, that’s the standard procedure that you follow to successfully execute tests on mobile devices. Mobile application testing is quite important. A simple bug in an application during production can cost a huge sum of money to the product owner and its buggy nature can even worsen the user experience. This brings us to the end of this Appium Studio Tutorial. I hope you found it informative and it has helped in adding value to your knowledge. 

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