I'm looking for suggestions for software to use to automate regression testing of a browser I'm working on:


It's built on Electron but designed to work on our SAFE network protocol.

The two challenges I'm meeting so far are: 1) Automation S/W that will work with a custom browser. 2) Non HTTP(s) protocol.

I've looked at TestCafe which will launch the SAFE browser but it refused to work with non HTTP(s). I then looked at Nightmare Browser but I can't see how to get it to work with our browser (if it is possible I am happy to be corrected).

Any suggestions / pointers would be most welcome, thanks.

  • If it's an electron app you might be able to use cypress for it. I've never used it for that purpose (which is why I add it as a comment and not an answer) but it officially supports electron applications and, since it lives within the applications sandbox it should be (relatively) agnostic in regards to the used protocol.
    – Daniel
    Feb 18, 2019 at 11:06
  • It looks like it supports Electron as a browser but not Electron apps... github.com/cypress-io/cypress/issues/310 I tried to install it anyway to see if I could hack it but the installation failed, with an error referring to failure to install Chromedriver.
    – Calum
    Feb 18, 2019 at 14:53

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Well, after much trial and error with TestCafe, Nightmare Browser, Nightwatch and Cypress, all of which I couldn't get past the above blockers, I've had a result with old school Selenium!!


I referred to the steps in this blog to get Selenium to work with a custom binary.

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