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Trace Viewer

Playwright Trace Viewer is a GUI tool that helps exploring recorded Playwright traces after the script ran. Open traces locally or in your browser on trace.playwright.dev.

Playwright Trace Viewer

Recording a trace

Traces can be recorded using the browser_context.tracing API as follows:

browser = chromium.launch()
context = browser.new_context()

# Start tracing before creating / navigating a page.
context.tracing.start(screenshots=True, snapshots=True, sources=True)

page.goto("https://playwright.dev")

# Stop tracing and export it into a zip archive.
context.tracing.stop(path = "trace.zip")

This will record the trace and place it into the file named trace.zip.

Viewing the trace

You can open the saved trace using Playwright CLI or in your browser on trace.playwright.dev.

playwright show-trace trace.zip

Actions

Once trace is opened, you will see the list of actions Playwright performed on the left hand side:

Actions

Selecting each action reveals:

  • action snapshots,
  • action log,
  • source code location,
  • network log for this action

in the properties pane. You will also see rendered DOM snapshots associated with each action.

Screenshots

When tracing with the screenshots option turned on, each trace records screencast and renders it as a film strip:

Film strip

You can hover over the film strip to see a magnified image:

Magnify

That helps locating the action of interest very quickly.

Snapshots

When tracing with the snapshots option turned on, Playwright captures a set of complete DOM snapshots for each action. Depending on the type of the action, it will capture:

TypeDescription
BeforeA snapshot at the time action is called.
ActionA snapshot at the moment of the performed input. This type of snapshot is especially useful when exploring where exactly Playwright clicked.
AfterA snapshot after the action.

Here is what the typical Action snapshot looks like:

Snapshots

Notice how it highlights both, the DOM Node as well as the exact click position.

Viewing remote Traces

You can open remote traces using it's URL. They could be generated in a CI run and makes it easy to view the remote trace without having to manually download the file.

playwright show-trace https://example.com/trace.zip

Using trace.playwright.dev

trace.playwright.dev is a statically hosted variant of the Trace Viewer.

Viewing local traces

When navigating to trace.playwright.dev, you can upload trace files using drag and drop.

Remote traces

You can also pass the URL of your uploaded trace (e.g. inside your CI) from some accessible storage as a parameter. CORS (Cross-Origin Resource Sharing) rules might apply.

https://trace.playwright.dev/?trace=https://demo.playwright.dev/reports/todomvc/data/cb0fa77ebd9487a5c899f3ae65a7ffdbac681182.zip