Background: A web page takes about 2+ minutes to load. Problem: I am currently automating acceptance test using Capybara, Rspec, Selenium. Visit(URL) -- waits for all the way until the page is loaded or times out.

I extended the timeout but it causing increased the execution time of the test.

Is there any way I can visit URL without having to wait for the full page to load. I do not need the whole page to load. All I care about is to validate if the user is logged in or not by expecting user first name + last name on the header of the page.

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Using chromedriver you can use page load strategy to define your behaviour test when waiting for the page.

For more information: https://w3c.github.io/webdriver/#navigation

To select the page load strategy you can use something like this:

Selenium::WebDriver::Remote::Capabilities.chrome(page_load_strategy: 'none')

Unfortunantly 'eager' mode will just be available after Chrome's version 77

Until this you can wait for the page readyStage property as a workaround

page.execute_script('return document.readyState') == 'interactive'

Hope it'll help you


What visit waits until is determined by the specific driver used (chromedriver, geckodriver, etc) and the page load strategy that driver is configured to use - https://w3c.github.io/webdriver/#navigation. Unfortunately, if you're using Chrome the "interactive" page load strategy won't be supported until Chrome/chromedriver 77 but you could configure a driver with the "none" strategy for use in the few tests where you need it.

  • Thank you for answering! currently using chromedriver.
    – Estefania
    Commented Jul 17, 2019 at 4:18

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