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Preparing Appium Tests for Upload

The steps necessary to prepare an app and its corresponding test suite for upload to Test Cloud vary depending on the test framework. The section below provides instructions for preparing Appium tests written in Java with JUnit for upload to Test Cloud. For guidance on authoring Appium tests, see the Appium documentation

Note the following limitations for Appium support:

  • No support for TestNG
  • No support for iOS 10
  • No support for Android 7.0 (Nougat)
  • No support for Android 4.2 or prior
  • Maven version must be atleast 3.3.9
  • Support for Appium version 1.5 only
  • JUnit 4.9 or newer
  • Automating browsers (web testing) is not supported.
  • Tests that launch multiple apps or no apps are not currently supported. The test must launch precisely one app.
  • Performance data is not yet included in the test reports

1a. Changes to the build system for Maven users

See the section below for instructions if you use Gradle for your project, such as Android Studio builds.

Step 1 - Add dependency

Add the following dependency in your pom.xml file:


This will ensure the enhanced Android and iOS drivers are available at compile time. The enhanced drivers are provided primarily to enable the label feature. See Step 4 for more detail on the label feature.

Step 2 - Add upload profile

Copy this snippet into your pom.xml in the <profiles> tag. If there’s no <profiles> section in your pom, make one. The profile, when activated, will pack your test classes and all dependencies into the target/upload folder, ready to be uploaded to Test Cloud.

1b. Changes to the build system for Gradle users

Add the following snippet to the `build.gradle in the ‘app’ folder:

apply plugin: 'maven'

task createPom {
    pom {
        withXml {
            def dependenciesNode = asNode().appendNode('dependencies')

            //Iterate over the compile dependencies (we don't want the test ones), adding a <dependency> node for each
            configurations.testCompile.allDependencies.each {
                def dependencyNode = dependenciesNode.appendNode('dependency')
                dependencyNode.appendNode('version', it.version)

            def profilesNode = asNode().appendNode('profiles')
            profilesNode.append(new XmlParser().parse(''))

2. Changes to the tests

Step 1 - Add imports

Import these packages into your test classes:

import com.xamarin.testcloud.appium.Factory;
import com.xamarin.testcloud.appium.EnhancedAndroidDriver;
import org.junit.rules.TestWatcher;
import org.junit.Rule;

Step 2 - Instantiate the TestWatcher

Insert this declaration in each of your test classes:

    public TestWatcher watcher = Factory.createWatcher();

Step 3 - Update your driver declaration

Replace your declaration of AndroidDriver<MobileElement> with EnhancedAndroidDriver<MobileElement> or IOSDriver<MobileElement> with EnhancedIOSDriver<MobileElement>

    private static EnhancedAndroidDriver<MobileElement> driver;

Step 4 - Update your driver instantiations

Replace the way you instantiate your driver, such that lines in the form of:

    driver = new AndroidDriver<MobileElement>(url, capabilities);


    driver = Factory.createAndroidDriver(url, capabilities);

Using these drivers will still allow you to run your tests locally without additional modifications, but enables you to “label” test steps in your test execution using driver.label("text"). The text and a screenshot from the device will be visible in test report in Test Cloud. A recommended practice is to have a call to label in the @After method, this will include a screenshot of the app final state in the test report. The screenshot will be taken, even if a test is failing, and often provides valuable information as to why it does so. An example @After method for a test could look like this:

    public void TearDown(){
        driver.label("Stopping App");