Version: Next

Command Line Interface

Playwright comes with the command line tools that run via npx or as a part of the npm scripts.


$ npx playwright --help
# Running from `package.json` script
"scripts": {
"help": "playwright --help"

Generate code#

$ npx playwright codegen

Run codegen and perform actions in the browser. Playwright CLI will generate JavaScript code for the user interactions. codegen will attempt to generate resilient text-based selectors.

Preserve authenticated state#

Run codegen with --save-storage to save cookies and localStorage at the end. This is useful to separately record authentication step and reuse it later.

$ npx playwright --save-storage=auth.json codegen
# Perform authentication and exit.
# auth.json will contain the storage state.

Run with --load-storage to consume previously loaded storage. This way, all cookies and localStorage will be restored, bringing most web apps to the authenticated state.

$ npx playwright --load-storage=auth.json open
$ npx playwright --load-storage=auth.json codegen
# Perform actions in authenticated state.

Codegen with custom setup#

If you would like to use codegen in some non-standard setup (for example, use browserContext.route(url, handler)), it is possible to call page.pause() that will open a separate window with codegen controls.

const { chromium } = require('playwright');
(async () => {
// Make sure to run headed.
const browser = await chromium.launch({ headless: false });
// Setup context however you like.
const context = await browser.newContext({ /* pass any options */ });
await context.route('**/*', route => route.continue());
// Pause the page, and start recording manually.
const page = await context.newPage();
await page.pause();

Open pages#

With open, you can use Playwright bundled browsers to browse web pages. Playwright provides cross-platform WebKit builds that can be used to reproduce Safari rendering across Windows, Linux and macOS.

# Open page in Chromium
$ npx playwright open
# Open page in WebKit
$ npx playwright wk

Emulate devices#

open can emulate mobile and tablet devices from the playwright.devices list.

# Emulate iPhone 11.
$ npx playwright --device="iPhone 11" open

Emulate color scheme and viewport size#

# Emulate screen size and color scheme.
$ npx playwright --viewport-size=800,600 --color-scheme=dark open

Emulate geolocation, language and timezone#

# Emulate timezone, language & location
# Once page opens, click the "my location" button to see geolocation in action
$ npx playwright --timezone="Europe/Rome" --geolocation="41.890221,12.492348" --lang="it-IT" open

Inspect selectors#

During open or codegen, you can use following API inside the developer tools console of any browser.


Query Playwright selector, using the actual Playwright query engine, for example:

> playwright.$('.auth-form >> text=Log in');
<button>Log in</button>


Same as playwright.$, but returns all matching elements.

> playwright.$$('li >> text=John')
> [<li>, <li>, <li>, <li>]


Reveal element in the Elements panel (if DevTools of the respective browser supports it).

> playwright.inspect('text=Log in')


Generates selector for the given element.

> playwright.selector($0)
"div[id="glow-ingress-block"] >> text=/.*Hello.*/"

Take screenshot#

# See command help
$ npx playwright screenshot --help
# Wait 3 seconds before capturing a screenshot after page loads ('load' event fires)
$ npx playwright \
--device="iPhone 11" \
--color-scheme=dark \
screenshot \
--wait-for-timeout=3000 \ twitter-iphone.png
# Capture a full page screenshot
$ npx playwright screenshot --full-page wiki-full.png

Generate PDF#

PDF generation only works in Headless Chromium.

# See command help
$ npx playwright pdf wiki.pdf

Known limitations#

Opening WebKit Web Inspector will disconnect Playwright from the browser. In such cases, code generation will stop.