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Note You are viewing the README for the development version of Capybara. If you are using the current release version you can find the README at https://github.com/teamcapybara/capybara/blob/3.33\_stable/README.md

Capybara helps you test web applications by simulating how a real user would interact with your app. It is agnostic about the driver running your tests and comes with Rack::Test and Selenium support built in. WebKit is supported through an external gem.

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Table of contents

Key benefits

  • No setup necessary for Rails and Rack application. Works out of the box.
  • Intuitive API which mimics the language an actual user would use.
  • Switch the backend your tests run against from fast headless mode to an actual browser with no changes to your tests.
  • Powerful synchronization features mean you never have to manually wait for asynchronous processes to complete.

Setup

Capybara requires Ruby 2.5.0 or later. To install, add this line to your

Gemfile

and run

bundle install

:

gem 'capybara'

If the application that you are testing is a Rails app, add this line to your test helper file:

require 'capybara/rails'

If the application that you are testing is a Rack app, but not Rails, set Capybara.app to your Rack app:

Capybara.app = MyRackApp

If you need to test JavaScript, or if your app interacts with (or is located at) a remote URL, you'll need to use a different driver. If using Rails 5.0+, but not using the Rails system tests from 5.1, you'll probably also want to swap the "server" used to launch your app to Puma in order to match Rails defaults.

Capybara.server = :puma # Until your setup is working Capybara.server = :puma, { Silent: true } # To clean up your test output

Using Capybara with Cucumber

The

cucumber-rails

gem comes with Capybara support built-in. If you are not using Rails, manually load the

capybara/cucumber

module:

require 'capybara/cucumber' Capybara.app = MyRackApp

You can use the Capybara DSL in your steps, like so:

When /I sign in/ do within("#session") do fill\_in 'Email', with: '[email protected]' fill\_in 'Password', with: 'password' end click\_button 'Sign in' end

You can switch to the

Capybara.javascript\_driver

(

:selenium

by default) by tagging scenarios (or features) with

@javascript

:

@javascript Scenario: do something Ajaxy When I click the Ajax link ...

There are also explicit tags for each registered driver set up for you (

@selenium

,

@rack\_test

, etc).

Using Capybara with RSpec

Load RSpec 3.5+ support by adding the following line (typically to your

spec\_helper.rb

file):

require 'capybara/rspec'

If you are using Rails, put your Capybara specs in

spec/features

or

spec/system

(only works if you have it configured in RSpec) and if you have your Capybara specs in a different directory, then tag the example groups with

type: :feature

or

type: :system

depending on which type of test you're writing.

If you are not using Rails, tag all the example groups in which you want to use Capybara with

type: :feature

.

You can now write your specs like so:

describe "the signin process", type: :feature do before :each do User.make(email: '[email protected]', password: 'password') end it "signs me in" do visit '/sessions/new' within("#session") do fill\_in 'Email', with: '[email protected]' fill\_in 'Password', with: 'password' end click\_button 'Sign in' expect(page).to have\_content 'Success' end end

Use

js: true

to switch to the

Capybara.javascript\_driver

(

:selenium

by default), or provide a

:driver

option to switch to one specific driver. For example:

describe 'some stuff which requires js', js: true do it 'will use the default js driver' it 'will switch to one specific driver', driver: :apparition end

Capybara also comes with a built in DSL for creating descriptive acceptance tests:

feature "Signing in" do background do User.make(email: '[email protected]', password: 'caplin') end scenario "Signing in with correct credentials" do visit '/sessions/new' within("#session") do fill\_in 'Email', with: '[email protected]' fill\_in 'Password', with: 'caplin' end click\_button 'Sign in' expect(page).to have\_content 'Success' end given(:other\_user) { User.make(email: '[email protected]', password: 'rous') } scenario "Signing in as another user" do visit '/sessions/new' within("#session") do fill\_in 'Email', with: other\_user.email fill\_in 'Password', with: other\_user.password end click\_button 'Sign in' expect(page).to have\_content 'Invalid email or password' end end
feature

is in fact just an alias for

describe ..., type: :feature

,

background

is an alias for

before

,

scenario

for

it

, and

given

/

given!

aliases for

let

/

let!

, respectively.

Finally, Capybara matchers are also supported in view specs:

RSpec.describe "todos/show.html.erb", type: :view do it "displays the todo title" do assign :todo, Todo.new(title: "Buy milk") render expect(rendered).to have\_css("header h1", text: "Buy milk") end end

**Note: When you require 'capybara/rspec' proxy methods are installed to work around name collisions between Capybara::DSL methods

all

/

within

and the identically named built-in RSpec matchers. If you opt not to require 'capybara/rspec' you can install the proxy methods by requiring 'capybara/rspec/matcher_proxies' after requiring RSpec and 'capybara/dsl'**

Using Capybara with Test::Unit

  • If you are using

Test::Unit

, define a base class for your Capybara tests like so:

require 'capybara/dsl' class CapybaraTestCase \< Test::Unit::TestCase include Capybara::DSL def teardown Capybara.reset\_sessions! Capybara.use\_default\_driver end end

Using Capybara with Minitest

  • If you are using Rails, but not using Rails system tests, add the following code in your

test\_helper.rb

file to make Capybara available in all test cases deriving from

ActionDispatch::IntegrationTest

:

require 'capybara/rails' require 'capybara/minitest' class ActionDispatch::IntegrationTest # Make the Capybara DSL available in all integration tests include Capybara::DSL # Make `assert_*` methods behave like Minitest assertions include Capybara::Minitest::Assertions # Reset sessions and driver between tests teardown do Capybara.reset\_sessions! Capybara.use\_default\_driver end end
  • If you are not using Rails, define a base class for your Capybara tests like so:

require 'capybara/minitest' class CapybaraTestCase \< Minitest::Test include Capybara::DSL include Capybara::Minitest::Assertions def teardown Capybara.reset\_sessions! Capybara.use\_default\_driver end end

Remember to call

super

in any subclasses that override

teardown

.

To switch the driver, set

Capybara.current\_driver

. For instance,

class BlogTest \< ActionDispatch::IntegrationTest setup do Capybara.current\_driver = Capybara.javascript\_driver # :selenium by default end test 'shows blog posts' do # ... this test is run with Selenium ... end end

Using Capybara with Minitest::Spec

Follow the above instructions for Minitest and additionally require capybara/minitest/spec

page.must\_have\_content('Important!')

Drivers

Capybara uses the same DSL to drive a variety of browser and headless drivers.

Selecting the Driver

By default, Capybara uses the

:rack\_test

driver, which is fast but limited: it does not support JavaScript, nor is it able to access HTTP resources outside of your Rack application, such as remote APIs and OAuth services. To get around these limitations, you can set up a different default driver for your features. For example if you'd prefer to run everything in Selenium, you could do:

Capybara.default\_driver = :selenium # :selenium\_chrome and :selenium\_chrome\_headless are also registered

However, if you are using RSpec or Cucumber (and your app runs correctly without JS), you may instead want to consider leaving the faster

:rack\_test

as the default_driver, and marking only those tests that require a JavaScript-capable driver using

js: true

or

@javascript

, respectively. By default, JavaScript tests are run using the

:selenium

driver. You can change this by setting

Capybara.javascript\_driver

.

You can also change the driver temporarily (typically in the Before/setup and After/teardown blocks):

Capybara.current\_driver = :apparition # temporarily select different driver # tests here Capybara.use\_default\_driver # switch back to default driver

Note: switching the driver creates a new session, so you may not be able to switch in the middle of a test.

RackTest

RackTest is Capybara's default driver. It is written in pure Ruby and does not have any support for executing JavaScript. Since the RackTest driver interacts directly with Rack interfaces, it does not require a server to be started. However, this means that if your application is not a Rack application (Rails, Sinatra and most other Ruby frameworks are Rack applications) then you cannot use this driver. Furthermore, you cannot use the RackTest driver to test a remote application, or to access remote URLs (e.g., redirects to external sites, external APIs, or OAuth services) that your application might interact with.

capybara-mechanizeprovides a similar driver that can access remote servers.

RackTest can be configured with a set of headers like this:

Capybara.register\_driver :rack\_test do |app| Capybara::RackTest::Driver.new(app, headers: { 'HTTP\_USER\_AGENT' =\> 'Capybara' }) end

See the section on adding and configuring drivers.

Selenium

Capybara supports Selenium 3.5+ (Webdriver). In order to use Selenium, you'll need to install the

selenium-webdriver

gem, and add it to your Gemfile if you're using bundler.

Capybara pre-registers a number of named drivers that use Selenium - they are:

  • :selenium => Selenium driving Firefox
  • :selenium_headless => Selenium driving Firefox in a headless configuration
  • :selenium_chrome => Selenium driving Chrome
  • :selenium_chrome_headless => Selenium driving Chrome in a headless configuration

These should work (with relevant software installation) in a local desktop configuration but you may need to customize them if using in a CI environment where additional options may need to be passed to the browsers. See the section on adding and configuring drivers.

Note: drivers which run the server in a different thread may not share the same transaction as your tests, causing data not to be shared between your test and test server, see Transactions and database setup below.

Apparition

The apparition driver is a new driver that allows you to run tests using Chrome in a headless or headed configuration. It attempts to provide backwards compatibility with the Poltergeist driver APIand capybara-webkit API while allowing for the use of modern JS/CSS. It uses CDP to communicate with Chrome, thereby obviating the need for chromedriver. This driver is being developed by the current developer of Capybara and will attempt to keep up to date with new Capybara releases. It will probably be moved into the teamcapybara repo once it reaches v1.0.

The DSL

A complete reference is available atrubydoc.info.

Note: By default Capybara will only locate visible elements. This is because a real user would not be able to interact with non-visible elements.

Note: All searches in Capybara are case sensitive. This is because Capybara heavily uses XPath, which doesn't support case insensitivity.

Navigating

You can use thevisitmethod to navigate to other pages:

visit('/projects') visit(post\_comments\_path(post))

The visit method only takes a single parameter, the request method is alwaysGET.

You can get the current pathof the browsing session, and test it using the [

have\_current\_path

](http://www.rubydoc.info/github/teamcapybara/capybara/master/Capybara/RSpecMatchers#have_current_path-instance_method) matcher:

expect(page).to have\_current\_path(post\_comments\_path(post))

Note: You can also assert the current path by testing the value of

current\_path

directly. However, using the

have\_current\_path

matcher is safer since it uses Capybara's waiting behaviourto ensure that preceding actions (such as a

click\_link

) have completed.

Clicking links and buttons

Full reference: Capybara::Node::Actions

You can interact with the webapp by following links and buttons. Capybara automatically follows any redirects, and submits forms associated with buttons.

click\_link('id-of-link') click\_link('Link Text') click\_button('Save') click\_on('Link Text') # clicks on either links or buttons click\_on('Button Value')

Interacting with forms

Full reference: Capybara::Node::Actions

There are a number of tools for interacting with form elements:

fill\_in('First Name', with: 'John') fill\_in('Password', with: 'Seekrit') fill\_in('Description', with: 'Really Long Text...') choose('A Radio Button') check('A Checkbox') uncheck('A Checkbox') attach\_file('Image', '/path/to/image.jpg') select('Option', from: 'Select Box')

Querying

Full reference: Capybara::Node::Matchers

Capybara has a rich set of options for querying the page for the existence of certain elements, and working with and manipulating those elements.

page.has\_selector?('table tr') page.has\_selector?(:xpath, './/table/tr') page.has\_xpath?('.//table/tr') page.has\_css?('table tr.foo') page.has\_content?('foo')

Note: The negative forms like

has\_no\_selector?

are different from

not has\_selector?

. Read the section on asynchronous JavaScript for an explanation.

You can use these with RSpec's magic matchers:

expect(page).to have\_selector('table tr') expect(page).to have\_selector(:xpath, './/table/tr') expect(page).to have\_xpath('.//table/tr') expect(page).to have\_css('table tr.foo') expect(page).to have\_content('foo')

Finding

Full reference: Capybara::Node::Finders

You can also find specific elements, in order to manipulate them:

find\_field('First Name').value find\_field(id: 'my\_field').value find\_link('Hello', :visible =\> :all).visible? find\_link(class: ['some\_class', 'some\_other\_class'], :visible =\> :all).visible? find\_button('Send').click find\_button(value: '1234').click find(:xpath, ".//table/tr").click find("#overlay").find("h1").click all('a').each { |a| a[:href] }

If you need to find elements by additional attributes/properties you can also pass a filter block, which will be checked inside the normal waiting behavior. If you find yourself needing to use this a lot you may be better off adding a custom selector or adding a filter to an existing selector.

find\_field('First Name'){ |el| el['data-xyz'] == '123' } find("#img\_loading"){ |img| img['complete'] == true }

Note:

find

will wait for an element to appear on the page, as explained in the Ajax section. If the element does not appear it will raise an error.

These elements all have all the Capybara DSL methods available, so you can restrict them to specific parts of the page:

find('#navigation').click\_link('Home') expect(find('#navigation')).to have\_button('Sign out')

Scoping

Capybara makes it possible to restrict certain actions, such as interacting with forms or clicking links and buttons, to within a specific area of the page. For this purpose you can use the genericwithinmethod. Optionally you can specify which kind of selector to use.

within("li#employee") do fill\_in 'Name', with: 'Jimmy' end within(:xpath, ".//li[@id='employee']") do fill\_in 'Name', with: 'Jimmy' end

There are special methods for restricting the scope to a specific fieldset, identified by either an id or the text of the fieldset's legend tag, and to a specific table, identified by either id or text of the table's caption tag.

within\_fieldset('Employee') do fill\_in 'Name', with: 'Jimmy' end within\_table('Employee') do fill\_in 'Name', with: 'Jimmy' end

Working with windows

Capybara provides some methods to ease finding and switching windows:

facebook\_window = window\_opened\_by do click\_button 'Like' end within\_window facebook\_window do find('#login\_email').set('[email protected]') find('#login\_password').set('qwerty') click\_button 'Submit' end

Scripting

In drivers which support it, you can easily execute JavaScript:

page.execute\_script("$('body').empty()")

For simple expressions, you can return the result of the script.

result = page.evaluate\_script('4 + 4');

For more complicated scripts you'll need to write them as one expression.

result = page.evaluate\_script(\<
### Modals

In drivers which support it, you can accept, dismiss and respond to alerts, confirms and prompts.

You can accept or dismiss alert messages by wrapping the code that produces an alert in a block:

accept_alert do click_link('Show Alert') end


You can accept or dismiss a confirmation by wrapping it in a block, as well:

dismiss_confirm do click_link('Show Confirm') end


You can accept or dismiss prompts as well, and also provide text to fill in for the response:

accept_prompt(with: 'Linus Torvalds') do click_link('Show Prompt About Linux') end


All modal methods return the message that was presented. So, you can access the prompt message by assigning the return to a variable:

message = accept_prompt(with: 'Linus Torvalds') do click_link('Show Prompt About Linux') end expect(message).to eq('Who is the chief architect of Linux?')


### Debugging

It can be useful to take a snapshot of the page as it currently is and take a look at it:

save_and_open_page


You can also retrieve the current state of the DOM as a string using<tt><a href="http://rubydoc.info/github/teamcapybara/capybara/master/Capybara/Session#html-instance_method">page.html</a></tt>.

print page.html


This is mostly useful for debugging. You should avoid testing against the contents of

page.html

 and use the more expressive finder methods instead.

Finally, in drivers that support it, you can save a screenshot:

page.save_screenshot('screenshot.png')


Or have it save and automatically open:

save_and_open_screenshot


Screenshots are saved to

Capybara.save_path

, relative to the app directory. If you have required 

capybara/rails

, 

Capybara.save_path

 will default to

tmp/capybara

.
## Matching

It is possible to customize how Capybara finds elements. At your disposal are two options,

Capybara.exact

 and 

Capybara.match

.
### Exactness

Capybara.exact

 and the 

exact

 option work together with the 

is

 expression inside the XPath gem. When 

exact

 is true, all 

is

 expressions match exactly, when it is false, they allow substring matches. Many of the selectors built into Capybara use the 

is

 expression. This way you can specify whether you want to allow substring matches or not. 

Capybara.exact

 is false by default.

For example:

click_link("Password") # also matches "Password confirmation" Capybara.exact = true click_link("Password") # does not match "Password confirmation" click_link("Password", exact: false) # can be overridden


### Strategy

Using

Capybara.match

 and the equivalent 

match

 option, you can control how Capybara behaves when multiple elements all match a query. There are currently four different strategies built into Capybara:
1. **first:** Just picks the first element that matches.
2. **one:** Raises an error if more than one element matches.
3. **smart:** If 

exact

 is 

true

, raises an error if more than one element matches, just like 

one

. If 

exact

 is 

false

, it will first try to find an exact match. An error is raised if more than one element is found. If no element is found, a new search is performed which allows partial matches. If that search returns multiple matches, an error is raised.
4. **prefer\_exact:** If multiple matches are found, some of which are exact, and some of which are not, then the first exactly matching element is returned.

The default for

Capybara.match

 is 

:smart

. To emulate the behaviour in Capybara 2.0.x, set 

Capybara.match

 to 

:one

. To emulate the behaviour in Capybara 1.x, set 

Capybara.match

 to 

:prefer_exact

.
## Transactions and database setup

**Note:** Rails 5.1+ "safely" shares the database connection between the app and test threads. Therefore, if using Rails 5.1+ you SHOULD be able to ignore this section.

Some Capybara drivers need to run against an actual HTTP server. Capybara takes care of this and starts one for you in the same process as your test, but on another thread. Selenium is one of those drivers, whereas RackTest is not.

If you are using a SQL database, it is common to run every test in a transaction, which is rolled back at the end of the test, rspec-rails does this by default out of the box for example. Since transactions are usually not shared across threads, this will cause data you have put into the database in your test code to be invisible to Capybara.

Cucumber handles this by using truncation instead of transactions, i.e. they empty out the entire database after each test. You can get the same behaviour by using a gem such as [database\_cleaner](https://github.com/DatabaseCleaner/database_cleaner).

## Asynchronous JavaScript (Ajax and friends)

When working with asynchronous JavaScript, you might come across situations where you are attempting to interact with an element which is not yet present on the page. Capybara automatically deals with this by waiting for elements to appear on the page.

When issuing instructions to the DSL such as:

click_link('foo') click_link('bar') expect(page).to have_content('baz')


If clicking on the _foo_ link triggers an asynchronous process, such as an Ajax request, which, when complete will add the _bar_ link to the page, clicking on the _bar_ link would be expected to fail, since that link doesn't exist yet. However Capybara is smart enough to retry finding the link for a brief period of time before giving up and throwing an error. The same is true of the next line, which looks for the content _baz_ on the page; it will retry looking for that content for a brief time. You can adjust how long this period is (the default is 2 seconds):

Capybara.default_max_wait_time = 5


Be aware that because of this behaviour, the following two statements are **not**equivalent, and you should **always** use the latter!

!page.has_xpath?('a') page.has_no_xpath?('a')


The former would immediately fail because the content has not yet been removed. Only the latter would wait for the asynchronous process to remove the content from the page.

Capybara's RSpec matchers, however, are smart enough to handle either form. The two following statements are functionally equivalent:

expect(page).not_to have_xpath('a') expect(page).to have_no_xpath('a')


Capybara's waiting behaviour is quite advanced, and can deal with situations such as the following line of code:

expect(find('#sidebar').find('h1')).to have_content('Something')


Even if JavaScript causes

#sidebar

 to disappear off the page, Capybara will automatically reload it and any elements it contains. So if an AJAX request causes the contents of 

#sidebar

 to change, which would update the text of the 

h1

 to "Something", and this happened, this test would pass. If you do not want this behaviour, you can set

Capybara.automatic_reload

 to 

false

.
## Using the DSL elsewhere

You can mix the DSL into any context by including <tt>Capybara::DSL</tt>:

require 'capybara/dsl' Capybara.default_driver = :webkit module MyModule include Capybara::DSL def login! within(:xpath, ".//form[@id='session']") do fill_in 'Email', with: '[email protected]' fill_in 'Password', with: 'password' end click_button 'Sign in' end end


This enables its use in unsupported testing frameworks, and for general-purpose scripting.

## Calling remote servers

Normally Capybara expects to be testing an in-process Rack application, but you can also use it to talk to a web server running anywhere on the internet, by setting app\_host:

Capybara.current_driver = :selenium Capybara.app_host = 'http://www.google.com' ... visit('/')


**Note**: the default driver (

:rack_test

) does not support running against a remote server. With drivers that support it, you can also visit any URL directly:

visit('http://www.google.com')


By default Capybara will try to boot a rack application automatically. You might want to switch off Capybara's rack server if you are running against a remote application:

Capybara.run_server = false


## Using sessions

Capybara manages named sessions (:default if not specified) allowing multiple sessions using the same driver and test app instance to be interacted with. A new session will be created using the current driver if a session with the given name using the current driver and test app instance is not found.

### Named sessions

To perform operations in a different session and then revert to the previous session

Capybara.using_session("Bob's session") do #do something in Bob's browser session end #reverts to previous session


To permanently switch the current session to a different session

Capybara.session_name = "some other session"


### Using sessions manually

For ultimate control, you can instantiate and use a[Session](http://rubydoc.info/github/teamcapybara/capybara/master/Capybara/Session)manually.

require 'capybara' session = Capybara::Session.new(:webkit, my_rack_app) session.within("form#session") do session.fill_in 'Email', with: '[email protected]' session.fill_in 'Password', with: 'password' end session.click_button 'Sign in'


## XPath, CSS and selectors

Capybara does not try to guess what kind of selector you are going to give it, and will always use CSS by default. If you want to use XPath, you'll need to do:

within(:xpath, './/ul/li') { ... } find(:xpath, './/ul/li').text find(:xpath, './/li[contains(.//a[@href = "#"]/text(), "foo")]').value


Alternatively you can set the default selector to XPath:

Capybara.default_selector = :xpath find('.//ul/li').text


Capybara provides a number of other built-in selector types. The full list, along with applicable filters, can be seen at [built-in selectors](https://www.rubydoc.info/github/teamcapybara/capybara/Capybara/Selector)

Capybara also allows you to add custom selectors, which can be very useful if you find yourself using the same kinds of selectors very often. The examples below are very simple, and there are many available features not demonstrated. For more in-depth examples please see Capybaras built-in selector definitions.

Capybara.add_selector(:my_attribute) do xpath { |id| XPath.descendant[XPath.attr(:my_attribute) == id.to_s] } end Capybara.add_selector(:row) do xpath { |num| ".//tbody/tr[#{num}]" } end Capybara.add_selector(:flash_type) do css { |type| "#flash.#{type}" } end


The block given to xpath must always return an XPath expression as a String, or an XPath expression generated through the XPath gem. You can now use these selectors like this:

find(:my_attribute, 'post_123') # find element with matching attribute find(:row, 3) # find 3rd row in table body find(:flash_type, :notice) # find element with id of 'flash' and class of 'notice'


## Beware the XPath // trap

In XPath the expression // means something very specific, and it might not be what you think. Contrary to common belief, // means "anywhere in the document" not "anywhere in the current context". As an example:

page.find(:xpath, '//body').all(:xpath, '//script')


You might expect this to find all script tags in the body, but actually, it finds all script tags in the entire document, not only those in the body! What you're looking for is the .// expression which means "any descendant of the current node":

page.find(:xpath, '//body').all(:xpath, './/script')


The same thing goes for within:

within(:xpath, '//body') do page.find(:xpath, './/script') within(:xpath, './/table/tbody') do ... end end


## Configuring and adding drivers

Capybara makes it convenient to switch between different drivers. It also exposes an API to tweak those drivers with whatever settings you want, or to add your own drivers. This is how to override the selenium driver configuration to use chrome:

Capybara.register_driver :selenium do |app| Capybara::Selenium::Driver.new(app, :browser => :chrome) end


However, it's also possible to give this configuration a different name.

Note: Capybara registers this by default Capybara.register_driver :selenium_chrome do |app| Capybara::Selenium::Driver.new(app, :browser => :chrome) end


Then tests can switch between using different browsers effortlessly:

ruby Capybara.current_driver = :selenium_chrome


Whatever is returned from the block should conform to the API described by Capybara::Driver::Base, it does not however have to inherit from this class. Gems can use this API to add their own drivers to Capybara.

The [Selenium wiki](https://github.com/SeleniumHQ/selenium/wiki/Ruby-Bindings) has additional info about how the underlying driver can be configured.

## Gotchas:
  • Access to session and request is not possible from the test, Access to response is limited. Some drivers allow access to response headers and HTTP status code, but this kind of functionality is not provided by some drivers, such as Selenium.

Access to Rails specific stuff (such as

controller

) is unavailable, since we're not using Rails' integration testing.

  • Freezing time: It's common practice to mock out the Time so that features that depend on the current Date work as expected. This can be problematic on ruby/platform combinations that don't support access to a monotonic process clock, since Capybara's Ajax timing uses the system time, resulting in Capybara never timing out and just hanging when a failure occurs. It's still possible to use gems which allow you to travel in time, rather than freeze time. One such gem is Timecop.

When using Rack::Test, beware if attempting to visit absolute URLs. For example, a session might not be shared between visits to

posts\_path

and

posts\_url

. If testing an absolute URL in an Action Mailer email, set

default\_url\_options

to match the Rails default of

www.example.com

.

  • Server errors will only be raised in the session that initiates the server thread. If you are testing for specific server errors and using multiple sessions make sure to test for the errors using the initial session (usually :default)

If WebMock is enabled, you may encounter a "Too many open files" error. A simple

page.find

call may cause thousands of HTTP requests until the timeout occurs. By default, WebMock will cause each of these requests to spawn a new connection. To work around this problem, you may need to [enable WebMock's

net\_http\_connect\_on\_start: true

parameter](https://github.com/bblimke/webmock/blob/master/README.md#connecting-on-nethttpstart).

"Threadsafe" mode

In normal mode most of Capybara's configuration options are global settings which can cause issues if using multiple sessions and wanting to change a setting for only one of the sessions. To provide support for this type of usage Capybara now provides a "threadsafe" mode which can be enabled by setting

Capybara.threadsafe = true

This setting can only be changed before any sessions have been created. In "threadsafe" mode the following behaviors of Capybara change

  • Most options can now be set on a session. These can either be set at session creation time or after, and default to the global options at the time of session creation. Options which are NOT session specific are
    app
    ,
    reuse\_server
    ,
    default\_driver
    ,
    javascript\_driver
    , and (obviously)
    threadsafe
    . Any drivers and servers registered through
    register\_driver
    and
    register\_server
    are also global.
my\_session = Capybara::Session.new(:driver, some\_app) do |config| config.automatic\_label\_click = true # only set for my\_session end my\_session.config.default\_max\_wait\_time = 10 # only set for my\_session Capybara.default\_max\_wait\_time = 2 # will not change the default\_max\_wait in my\_session
  • current\_driver
    and
    session\_name
    are thread specific. This means that
    using\_session
    and
    using\_driver
    also only affect the current thread.

Development

To set up a development environment, simply do:

bundle install bundle exec rake # run the test suite with Firefox - requires `geckodriver` to be installed bundle exec rake spec\_chrome # run the test suite with Chrome - require `chromedriver` to be installed

SeeCONTRIBUTING.mdfor how to send issues and pull requests.

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