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Release notes

Version 1.17

Frame Locators

Playwright 1.17 introduces frame locators - a locator to the iframe on the page. Frame locators capture the logic sufficient to retrieve the iframe and then locate elements in that iframe. Frame locators are strict by default, will wait for iframe to appear and can be used in Web-First assertions.


Frame locators can be created with either page.frameLocator(selector) or locator.frameLocator(selector) method.

const locator = page.frameLocator('#my-iframe').locator('text=Submit');

Read more at our documentation.

Trace Viewer Update

Playwright Trace Viewer is now available online at! Just drag-and-drop your file to inspect its contents.

NOTE: trace files are not uploaded anywhere; is a progressive web application that processes traces locally.

  • Playwright Test traces now include sources by default (these could be turned off with tracing option)
  • Trace Viewer now shows test name
  • New trace metadata tab with browser details
  • Snapshots now have URL bar


HTML Report Update

  • HTML report now supports dynamic filtering
  • Report is now a single static HTML file that could be sent by e-mail or as a slack attachment.


Ubuntu ARM64 support + more

  • Playwright now supports Ubuntu 20.04 ARM64. You can now run Playwright tests inside Docker on Apple M1 and on Raspberry Pi.

  • You can now use Playwright to install stable version of Edge on Linux:

    npx playwright install msedge

New APIs

Version 1.16

🎭 Playwright Test

API Testing

Playwright 1.16 introduces new API Testing that lets you send requests to the server directly from Node.js! Now you can:

  • test your server API
  • prepare server side state before visiting the web application in a test
  • validate server side post-conditions after running some actions in the browser

To do a request on behalf of Playwright's Page, use new page.request API:

To do a stand-alone request from node.js to an API endpoint, use new request fixture:

Read more about it in our API testing guide.

Response Interception

It is now possible to do response interception by combining API Testing with request interception.

For example, we can blur all the images on the page:

Read more about response interception.

New HTML reporter

Try it out new HTML reporter with either --reporter=html or a reporter entry in playwright.config.ts file:

$ npx playwright test --reporter=html

The HTML reporter has all the information about tests and their failures, including surfacing trace and image artifacts.

html reporter

Read more about our reporters.

🎭 Playwright Library


Wait for a locator to resolve to a single element with a given state. Defaults to the state: 'visible'.

Comes especially handy when working with lists:

Read more about locator.waitFor([options]).

Docker support for Arm64

Playwright Docker image is now published for Arm64 so it can be used on Apple Silicon.

Read more about Docker integration.

🎭 Playwright Trace Viewer

  • web-first assertions inside trace viewer
  • run trace viewer with npx playwright show-trace and drop trace files to the trace viewer PWA
  • API testing is integrated with trace viewer
  • better visual attribution of action targets

Read more about Trace Viewer.

Browser Versions

  • Chromium 97.0.4666.0
  • Mozilla Firefox 93.0
  • WebKit 15.4

This version of Playwright was also tested against the following stable channels:

  • Google Chrome 94
  • Microsoft Edge 94

Version 1.15

🎭 Playwright Library

πŸ–±οΈ Mouse Wheel

By using Page.mouse.wheel you are now able to scroll vertically or horizontally.

πŸ“œ New Headers API

Previously it was not possible to get multiple header values of a response. This is now possible and additional helper functions are available:

🌈 Forced-Colors emulation

Its now possible to emulate the forced-colors CSS media feature by passing it in the context options or calling Page.emulateMedia().

New APIs

🎭 Playwright Test

🀝 test.parallel() run tests in the same file in parallel

By default, tests in a single file are run in order. If you have many independent tests in a single file, you can now run them in parallel with test.describe.parallel(title, callback).

πŸ›  Add --debug CLI flag

By using npx playwright test --debug it will enable the Playwright Inspector for you to debug your tests.

Browser Versions

  • Chromium 96.0.4641.0
  • Mozilla Firefox 92.0
  • WebKit 15.0

Version 1.14

🎭 Playwright Library

⚑️ New "strict" mode

Selector ambiguity is a common problem in automation testing. "strict" mode ensures that your selector points to a single element and throws otherwise.

Pass strict: true into your action calls to opt in.

// This will throw if you have more than one button!
await'button', { strict: true });

πŸ“ New Locators API

Locator represents a view to the element(s) on the page. It captures the logic sufficient to retrieve the element at any given moment.

The difference between the Locator and ElementHandle is that the latter points to a particular element, while Locator captures the logic of how to retrieve that element.

Also, locators are "strict" by default!

const locator = page.locator('button');

Learn more in the documentation.

🧩 Experimental React and Vue selector engines

React and Vue selectors allow selecting elements by its component name and/or property values. The syntax is very similar to attribute selectors and supports all attribute selector operators.


Learn more in the react selectors documentation and the vue selectors documentation.

✨ New nth and visible selector engines

  • nth selector engine is equivalent to the :nth-match pseudo class, but could be combined with other selector engines.
  • visible selector engine is equivalent to the :visible pseudo class, but could be combined with other selector engines.
// select the first button among all buttons
await'button >> nth=0');
// or if you are using locators, you can use first(), nth() and last()
await page.locator('button').first().click();

// click a visible button
await'button >> visible=true');

🎭 Playwright Test

βœ… Web-First Assertions

expect now supports lots of new web-first assertions.

Consider the following example:

await expect(page.locator('.status')).toHaveText('Submitted');

Playwright Test will be re-testing the node with the selector .status until fetched Node has the "Submitted" text. It will be re-fetching the node and checking it over and over, until the condition is met or until the timeout is reached. You can either pass this timeout or configure it once via the testProject.expect value in test config.

By default, the timeout for assertions is not set, so it'll wait forever, until the whole test times out.

List of all new assertions:

β›“ Serial mode with describe.serial

Declares a group of tests that should always be run serially. If one of the tests fails, all subsequent tests are skipped. All tests in a group are retried together.

Learn more in the documentation.

🐾 Steps API with test.step

Split long tests into multiple steps using test.step() API:

Step information is exposed in reporters API.

🌎 Launch web server before running tests

To launch a server during the tests, use the webServer option in the configuration file. The server will wait for a given port to be available before running the tests, and the port will be passed over to Playwright as a baseURL when creating a context.

Learn more in the documentation.

Browser Versions

  • Chromium 94.0.4595.0
  • Mozilla Firefox 91.0
  • WebKit 15.0

Version 1.13

Playwright Test



  • Playwright Trace Viewer now shows parameters, returned values and console.log() calls.
  • Playwright Inspector can generate Playwright Test tests.

New and Overhauled Guides

Browser Versions

  • Chromium 93.0.4576.0
  • Mozilla Firefox 90.0
  • WebKit 14.2

New Playwright APIs

Version 1.12

⚑️ Introducing Playwright Test

Playwright Test is a new test runner built from scratch by Playwright team specifically to accommodate end-to-end testing needs:

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


npm i -D @playwright/test

Simple test tests/foo.spec.ts:


npx playwright test

πŸ‘‰ Read more in Playwright Test documentation.

πŸ§Ÿβ€β™‚οΈ Introducing Playwright Trace Viewer

Playwright Trace Viewer is a new GUI tool that helps exploring recorded Playwright traces after the script ran. Playwright traces let you examine:

  • page DOM before and after each Playwright action
  • page rendering before and after each Playwright action
  • browser network during script execution

Traces are recorded using the new browserContext.tracing API:

Traces are examined later with the Playwright CLI:

That will open the following GUI:


πŸ‘‰ Read more in trace viewer documentation.

Browser Versions

  • Chromium 93.0.4530.0
  • Mozilla Firefox 89.0
  • WebKit 14.2

This version of Playwright was also tested against the following stable channels:

  • Google Chrome 91
  • Microsoft Edge 91

New APIs

Version 1.11

πŸŽ₯ New video: Playwright: A New Test Automation Framework for the Modern Web (slides)

  • We talked about Playwright
  • Showed engineering work behind the scenes
  • Did live demos with new features ✨
  • Special thanks to applitools for hosting the event and inviting us!

Browser Versions

  • Chromium 92.0.4498.0
  • Mozilla Firefox 89.0b6
  • WebKit 14.2

New APIs

Version 1.10

Bundled Browser Versions

  • Chromium 90.0.4430.0
  • Mozilla Firefox 87.0b10
  • WebKit 14.2

This version of Playwright was also tested against the following stable channels:

  • Google Chrome 89
  • Microsoft Edge 89

New APIs

Version 1.9

  • Playwright Inspector is a new GUI tool to author and debug your tests.
    • Line-by-line debugging of your Playwright scripts, with play, pause and step-through.
    • Author new scripts by recording user actions.
    • Generate element selectors for your script by hovering over elements.
    • Set the PWDEBUG=1 environment variable to launch the Inspector
  • Pause script execution with page.pause() in headed mode. Pausing the page launches Playwright Inspector for debugging.
  • New has-text pseudo-class for CSS selectors. :has-text("example") matches any element containing "example" somewhere inside, possibly in a child or a descendant element. See more examples.
  • Page dialogs are now auto-dismissed during execution, unless a listener for dialog event is configured. Learn more about this.
  • Playwright for Python is now stable with an idiomatic snake case API and pre-built Docker image to run tests in CI/CD.

Browser Versions

  • Chromium 90.0.4421.0
  • Mozilla Firefox 86.0b10
  • WebKit 14.1

New APIs

Version 1.8

New APIs

Browser Versions

  • Chromium 90.0.4392.0
  • Mozilla Firefox 85.0b5
  • WebKit 14.1

Version 1.7

  • New Java SDK: Playwright for Java is now on par with JavaScript, Python and .NET bindings.
  • Browser storage API: New convenience APIs to save and load browser storage state (cookies, local storage) to simplify automation scenarios with authentication.
  • New CSS selectors: We heard your feedback for more flexible selectors and have revamped the selectors implementation. Playwright 1.7 introduces new CSS extensions and there's more coming soon.
  • New website: The docs website at has been updated and is now built with Docusaurus.
  • Support for Apple Silicon: Playwright browser binaries for WebKit and Chromium are now built for Apple Silicon.

New APIs

Browser Versions

  • Chromium 89.0.4344.0
  • Mozilla Firefox 84.0b9
  • WebKit 14.1