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Version: 1.13.0

Getting Started

Playwright can either be used as a part of the Playwright Test, or as a Playwright Library. If you intend to use Playwright for testing, read on.

Playwright Test was created specifically to accommodate the needs of the end-to-end testing. It does everything you would expect from the regular test runner, and more. Playwright test allows to:

  • Run tests across all browsers.
  • Execute tests in parallel.
  • Enjoy context isolation out of the box.
  • Capture videos, screenshots and other artifacts on failure.
  • Integrate your POMs as extensible fixtures.


Playwright has its own test runner for end-to-end tests, we call it Playwright Test.

npm i -D @playwright/test

Unlike Playwright Library, Playwright Test does not bundle browsers by default, so you need to install them explicitly:

npx playwright install

You can optionally install only selected browsers, see installing browsers for more details. Or you can install no browsers at all and use existing browser channels.

First test#

Create tests/foo.spec.js (or tests/foo.spec.ts for TypeScript) to define your test.

import { test, expect } from '@playwright/test';
test('basic test', async ({ page }) => {  await page.goto('');  const name = await page.innerText('.navbar__title');  expect(name).toBe('Playwright');});

Now run your tests, assuming that test files are in the tests directory.

npx playwright test

Playwright Test just ran a test using Chromium browser, in a headless manner. Let's tell it to use headed browser:

npx playwright test --headed

What about other browsers? Let's run the same test using Firefox:

npx playwright test --browser=firefox

And finally, on all three browsers:

npx playwright test --browser=all

Refer to configuration section for configuring test runs in different modes with different browsers.

Test fixtures#

You noticed an argument { page } that the test above has access to:

test('basic test', async ({ page }) => {  ...

We call these arguments fixtures. Fixtures are objects that are created for each test run. Playwright Test comes loaded with those fixtures, and you can add your own fixtures as well. When running tests, Playwright Test looks at each test declaration, analyses the set of fixtures the test needs and prepares those fixtures specifically for the test.

Here is a list of the pre-defined fixtures that you are likely to use most of the time:

pagePageIsolated page for this test run.
contextBrowserContextIsolated context for this test run. The page fixture belongs to this context as well. Learn how to configure context.
browserBrowserBrowsers are shared across tests to optimize resources. Learn how to configure browser.
browserNamestringThe name of the browser currently running the test. Either chromium, firefox or webkit.

Test and assertion features#

If you are familiar with test runners like Jest, Mocha and Ava, you will find the Playwright Test syntax familiar. These are the basic things you can do with the test:

Focus a test#

You can focus some tests. When there are focused tests, only they run.

test.only('focus this test', async ({ page }) => {  // Run only focused tests in the entire project.});

Skip a test#

You can skip certain test based on the condition.

test('skip this test', async ({ page, browserName }) => {  test.skip(browserName === 'firefox', 'Still working on it');});

Group tests#

You can group tests to give them a logical name or to scope before/after hooks to the group.

import { test, expect } from '@playwright/test';
test.describe('two tests', () => {  test('one', async ({ page }) => {    // ...  });
  test('two', async ({ page }) => {    // ...  });});

Use test hooks#

You can use test.beforeAll and test.afterAll hooks to set up and tear down resources shared between tests. And you can use test.beforeEach and test.afterEach hooks to set up and tear down resources for each test individually.

// example.spec.tsimport { test, expect } from '@playwright/test';
test.describe('feature foo', () => {  test.beforeEach(async ({ page }) => {    // Go to the starting url before each test.    await page.goto('https://my.start.url/');  });
  test('my test', async ({ page }) => {    // Assertions use the expect API.    expect(page.url()).toBe('https://my.start.url/');  });});

Write assertions#

Playwright Test uses expect library for test assertions. It provides a lot of matchers like toEqual, toContain, toMatch, toMatchSnapshot and many more.

Combine expect with various Playwright methods to create expectations for your test:

// example.spec.tsimport { test, expect } from '@playwright/test';
test('my test', async ({ page }) => {  await page.goto('');
  // Expect a title "to contain" a substring.  expect(await page.title()).toContain('Playwright');
  // Expect an attribute "to be strictly equal" to the value.  expect(await page.getAttribute('text=Get Started', 'href')).toBe('/docs/intro');
  // Expect an element "to be visible".  expect(await page.isVisible('text=Learn more')).toBeTruthy();
  await'text=Get Started');  // Expect some text to be visible on the page.  expect(await page.waitForSelector('text=System requirements')).toBeTruthy();
  // Compare screenshot with a stored reference.  expect(await page.screenshot()).toMatchSnapshot('get-started.png');});

Notice how running this test is saying:

Error: example.spec.ts-snapshots/get-started-chromium-darwin.png is missing in snapshots, writing actual.

That's because there was no golden file for your get-started.png snapshot. It is now created and is ready to be added to the repository. The name of the folder with the golden expectations starts with the name of your test file:

drwxr-xr-x  5 user  group  160 Jun  4 11:46 .drwxr-xr-x  6 user  group  192 Jun  4 11:45 ..-rw-r--r--  1 user  group  231 Jun  4 11:16 example.spec.tsdrwxr-xr-x  3 user  group   96 Jun  4 11:46 example.spec.ts-snapshots

To update your golden files, you can use the --update-snapshots parameter.

npx playwright test --update-snapshots

Learn the command line#

Here are the most common options available in the command line.

  • Run tests in headed browsers

    npx playwright test --headed
  • Run tests in a particular browser

    npx playwright test --browser=webkit
  • Run tests in all browsers

    npx playwright test --browser=all
  • Run a single test file

    npx playwright test tests/todo-page.spec.ts
  • Run a set of test files

    npx playwright test tests/todo-page/ tests/landing-page/
  • Run a test with specific title

    npx playwright test -g "add a todo item"
  • Run tests in parallel - that's the default

    npx playwright test
  • Disable parallelization

    npx playwright test --workers=1
  • Choose a reporter

    npx playwright test --reporter=dot
  • Run in debug mode with Playwright Inspector

    # Linux/macOSPWDEBUG=1 npx playwright test
    # Windows with cmd.exeset PWDEBUG=1npx playwright test
    # Windows with PowerShell$env:PWDEBUG=1npx playwright test

Create a configuration file#

So far, we've looked at the zero-config operation of Playwright Test. For a real world application, it is likely that you would want to use a config.

Create playwright.config.ts (or playwright.config.js) to configure your tests. You can specify browser launch options, run tests in multiple browsers and much more with the config. Here is an example configuration that runs every test in Chromium, Firefox and WebKit, both Desktop and Mobile versions. Look for more options in the configuration section.

// playwright.config.tsimport { PlaywrightTestConfig, devices } from '@playwright/test';
const config: PlaywrightTestConfig = {  projects: [    {      name: 'Chrome Stable',      use: {        browserName: 'chromium',        // Test against Chrome Stable channel.        channel: 'chrome',      },    },    {      name: 'Desktop Safari',      use: {        browserName: 'webkit',        viewport: { width: 1200, height: 750 },      }    },    // Test against mobile viewports.    {      name: 'Mobile Chrome',      use: devices['Pixel 5'],    },    {      name: 'Mobile Safari',      use: devices['iPhone 12'],    },    {      name: 'Desktop Firefox',      use: {        browserName: 'firefox',        viewport: { width: 800, height: 600 },      }    },  ],};export default config;

Configure NPM script to run tests. Playwright Test will automatically pick up playwright.config.js or playwright.config.ts.

{  "scripts": {    "test": "npx playwright test"  }}

If you put your configuration file in a different place, pass it with --config option.

{  "scripts": {    "test": "npx playwright test --config=tests/example.config.js"  }}