I've got a set of cucumber tests I'm running using ruby/capybara. I have the tests outputting to Browserstack but it only outputs the session ID which isn't of much use to me and want to replace with the test/scenario name.

When I try and set the scenario name using scenario.name and assigning to a variable in the before hook it does this, but only for the first run. Each test then uses the same scenario name.

I've done some investigative work and can see that the browserstack config is only initialized once at the beginning of the entire test suite run. Even if I try and initialize it each time in the before hook it doesn't run for each scenario/test.

Any help is appreciated.

2 Answers 2


Take a look at the following example of caps object in capabilities which I use on my tests:

            'automationName'=> 'Appium',
            'browserstack.appium_version' => '1.11.1',
            'project' => 'my-project-name',
            'build' => "1.5.15",
            'name' => "#{scenario.name}",
            'device' => 'Google Nexus 6',
            'real_mobile' => 'true',
            'os' => 'android',
            'os_version' =>  '6.0',
            'browserstack.debug' => true,
            'autoGrantPermissions' => true,
            'app' => 'my-app-name'

The value for build groups all tests (scenarios) and you have to start a new browser on Before hooks.

Review the value you are passing to name becasue it could be the same in every execution. Ensure you are overwriting it in each execution.

  • Hi, thanks for your reply. I've tried passing in scenario.name in the capabilities and it errors. For some reason the only place I can set it is in the hooks.rb. This works, but I can't access it in the capabilities. The only way I've been able to do this is to create a constant such as 'SCENARIO_NAME = scenario.name', but this outputs the same scenario name for each scenario.
    – QABoy
    Commented Jun 12, 2019 at 15:47
  • Sure, in hooks.rb, specially inside a block of a Before hook is where you can use it, because the scenario object is passed to the block. Consider the following snippet. Suppose you have a class to create caps called MyCapabilities Before do |scenario| # scenario is an object passed to the block by this hook. caps = MyCapabilities.new(scenario.name).caps # end
    – roman
    Commented Jun 13, 2019 at 17:25
  • Roman, Thank you. I am going to try this out next time I have the time to try this and I will get back to you :)
    – QABoy
    Commented Jun 17, 2019 at 8:12
  • Hi Roman, I have done as you suggested. However I don't think this is the problem. Having set it up so I can step through, I am seeing that Capybara.register_driver :browserstack is only getting called once when the test suite runs. This means that no matter where I set scenario.name, because the register.driver only happens once It uses whatever was set for the initial scenario for all scenarios. I'm sure the solution must be simple, but I can't see it!
    – QABoy
    Commented Jun 20, 2019 at 10:16
  • I think you should have something like Capybara.register_driver :browserstack do |app| .... where browser is started with a line like: Capybara::Selenium::Driver.new(app,:browser => :remote,:url => "http://...:desired_capabilities => @caps) You have to call this statement inside Before hook. I mean, every time before a scenario start, you have to initialize the browser with the new caps, which contain the first answer using scenario.name on caps ('name' => "#{scenario.name}"
    – roman
    Commented Jun 22, 2019 at 19:33

I experienced the same. I tried the below solution and it works:

Try setting the scenario name using scenario.name and assigning to a variable in the afterscenario too.

Hope it works for you too!

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