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Version: 1.22

Release notes

Version 1.22


  • Role selectors that allow selecting elements by their ARIA role, ARIA attributes and accessible name.

    // Click a button with accessible name "log in""role=button[name='log in']")

    Read more in our documentation.

  • New Locator.filter([options]) API to filter an existing locator

    Locator buttonsLocator = page.locator("role=button");
    // ...
    Locator submitButton = buttonsLocator.filter(new Locator.FilterOptions().setHasText("Submit"));;
  • Playwright for Java now supports Ubuntu 20.04 ARM64 and Apple M1. You can now run Playwright for Java tests on Apple M1, inside Docker on Apple M1, and on Raspberry Pi.

Version 1.21


Behavior Changes

Browser Versions

  • Chromium 101.0.4951.26
  • Mozilla Firefox 98.0.2
  • WebKit 15.4

This version was also tested against the following stable channels:

  • Google Chrome 100
  • Microsoft Edge 100

Version 1.20



  • v1.20 is the last release to receive WebKit update for macOS 10.15 Catalina. Please update MacOS to keep using latest & greatest WebKit!

Browser Versions

  • Chromium 101.0.4921.0
  • Mozilla Firefox 97.0.1
  • WebKit 15.4

This version was also tested against the following stable channels:

  • Google Chrome 99
  • Microsoft Edge 99

Version 1.19


Browser Versions

  • Chromium 100.0.4863.0
  • Mozilla Firefox 96.0.1
  • WebKit 15.4

This version was also tested against the following stable channels:

  • Google Chrome 98
  • Microsoft Edge 98

Version 1.18

API Testing

Playwright for Java 1.18 introduces new API Testing that lets you send requests to the server directly from Java! 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:

// Do a GET request on behalf of page
APIResponse res = page.request().get("");

Read more about it in our API testing guide.

Web-First Assertions

Playwright for Java 1.18 introduces Web-First Assertions.

Consider the following example:

import static;

public class TestExample {
void statusBecomesSubmitted() {

Playwright 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 pass this timeout as an option.

Read more in our documentation.

Locator Improvements

Tracing Improvements

Tracing now can embed Java sources to recorded traces, using new setSources option.


New APIs & changes

Browser Versions

  • Chromium 99.0.4812.0
  • Mozilla Firefox 95.0
  • WebKit 15.4

This version was also tested against the following stable channels:

  • Google Chrome 97
  • Microsoft Edge 97

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.

Locator locator = page.frameLocator("#my-frame").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:

    mvn exec:java -e -Dexec.args="install msedge"

New APIs

  • Tracing now supports a 'title' option
  • Page navigations support a new 'commit' waiting option

Version 1.16

🎭 Playwright Library


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

Locator orderSent = page.locator("#order-sent");

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

🎭 Playwright Trace Viewer

  • run trace viewer with mvn exec:java -e -Dexec.args="show-trace" and drop trace files to the trace viewer PWA
  • 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

🖱️ Mouse Wheel

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

📜 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

Browser Versions

  • Chromium 96.0.4641.0
  • Mozilla Firefox 92.0
  • WebKit 15.0

Version 1.14

⚡️ 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.

Set setStrict(true) in your action calls to opt in.

// This will throw if you have more than one button!"button", new Page.ClickOptions().setStrict(true));

📍 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!

Locator 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."_react=SubmitButton[enabled=true]");"_vue=submit-button[enabled=true]");

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"button >> nth=0");
// or if you are using locators, you can use first(), nth() and last()

// click a visible button"button >> visible=true");

Browser Versions

  • Chromium 94.0.4595.0
  • Mozilla Firefox 91.0
  • WebKit 15.0

Version 1.13



  • Playwright Trace Viewer now shows parameters, returned values and console.log() calls.

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 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:

Browser browser = chromium.launch();
BrowserContext context = browser.newContext();

// Start tracing before creating / navigating a page.
context.tracing.start(new Tracing.StartOptions()

Page page = context.newPage();

// Stop tracing and export it into a zip archive.
context.tracing.stop(new Tracing.StopOptions()

Traces are examined later with the Playwright CLI:

mvn exec:java -e -Dexec.args="show-trace"

That will open the following GUI:


👉 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

🎥 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