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Test Generator

Playwright comes with the ability to generate tests out of the box and is a great way to quickly get started with testing. It will open two windows, a browser window where you interact with the website you wish to test and the Playwright Inspector window where you can record your tests, copy the tests, clear your tests as well as change the language of your tests.

Running Codegen

pwsh bin/Debug/netX/playwright.ps1 codegen playwright.dev

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

Codegen generating code for tests for playwright.dev website

Emulate viewport size

Playwright opens a browser window with it's viewport set to a specific width and height and is not responsive as tests need to be run under the same conditions. Use the --viewport option to generate tests with a different viewport size.

pwsh bin/Debug/netX/playwright.ps1 codegen --viewport-size=800,600 playwright.dev
Codegen generating code for tests for playwright.dev website with a specific viewport

Emulate devices

Record scripts and tests while emulating a mobile device using the --device option which sets the viewport size and user agent among others.

pwsh bin/Debug/netX/playwright.ps1 codegen --device="iPhone 11" playwright.dev
Codegen generating code for tests for playwright.dev website emulated for iPhone 11

Emulate color scheme

Record scripts and tests while emulating the color scheme with the --color-scheme option.

pwsh bin/Debug/netX/playwright.ps1 codegen --color-scheme=dark playwright.dev
Codegen generating code for tests for playwright.dev website in dark mode

Emulate geolocation, language and timezone

Record scripts and tests while emulating timezone, language & location using the --timezone, --geolocation and --lang options. Once page opens, click the "show your location" icon at them bottom right corner of the map to see geolocation in action.

pwsh bin/Debug/netX/playwright.ps1 codegen --timezone="Europe/Rome" --geolocation="41.890221,12.492348" --lang="it-IT" maps.google.com
Codegen generating code for tests for google maps showing timezone, geoloation as Rome, Italy and in Italian language

Preserve authenticated state

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

After performing authentication and closing the browser, auth.json will contain the storage state.

pwsh bin/Debug/netX/playwright.ps1 codegen --save-storage=auth.json
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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 without the need to login again.

pwsh bin/Debug/netX/playwright.ps1 codegen --load-storage=auth.json github.com/microsoft/playwright
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Use the open command with --load-storage to open the saved auth.json.

pwsh bin/Debug/netX/playwright.ps1 open --load-storage=auth.json github.com/microsoft/playwright

Record using custom setup

If you would like to use codegen in some non-standard setup (for example, use BrowserContext.RouteAsync(url, handler, options)), it is possible to call Page.PauseAsync() that will open a separate window with codegen controls.

using Microsoft.Playwright;

using var playwright = await Playwright.CreateAsync();
var chromium = playwright.Chromium;
// Make sure to run headed.
var browser = await chromium.LaunchAsync(new BrowserTypeLaunchOptions { Headless = false });

// Setup context however you like.
var context = await browser.NewContextAsync(); // Pass any options
await context.RouteAsync("**/*", route => route.ContinueAsync());

// Pause the page, and start recording manually.
var page = await context.NewPageAsync();
await page.PauseAsync();