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Playwright debug in VS Code doesn't work

In my project I cannot see play option to run tests. When I add new project, without any magic it works fine - so extension works correctly.

Any clues what can block it?

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This thread is trying to answer question "What could be blocking the play option to run tests in my project, and how can it be resolved?"

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I guess that the issue is somewhere in playwright.config.ts

Trying to comment / uncomment some stuff, and it seems, that there is problem with reading process.env vars 🤔

process.env.npm_lifecycle_script

probably I need to rewrite this

Answer

Troubleshooting Play Option in Playwright

If you're having trouble running tests with the play option in your Playwright project, don't worry. Here are some common issues and how to fix them.

Check Your Configuration

First, look at your playwright.config.ts file. This is where your projects are set up. If there's a mistake or something's not configured correctly, it could be causing your problem. Make sure your projects are defined with the right browser configurations.

// playwright.config.ts
import { PlaywrightTestConfig } from '@playwright/test';

const config: PlaywrightTestConfig = {
  // Configuration options
};

export default config;

Verify Dependencies

Next, check your dependencies. Playwright needs certain packages to work. If any are missing or not installed right, it could block the play option. Make sure all necessary dependencies are installed and up-to-date.

Check Permissions

You might also have a permissions issue. Depending on your OS and environment, you might need to give Playwright certain permissions to run tests. This could include browser permissions, device permissions, network access, and more.

Look for Version Conflicts

Finally, check for version conflicts. If you're using different versions of Playwright or its dependencies, it could cause problems. Make sure all your versions are compatible and up-to-date.

By following these steps, you should be able to get your tests running again. For more tips on troubleshooting Playwright, check out Mastering the Art of Detecting and Handling Flaky Tests in Playwright.

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