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await expect(page.locator) vs expect(await page.locator)

Hello, I am curious: what is the difference between these two? I see both approaches commonly used

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Understanding await expect(page.locator) and expect(await page.locator)

Let's break down the differences between await expect(page.locator) and expect(await page.locator) in @playwright/test.

await expect(page.locator)

Here, the code waits for the page locator to resolve before executing the assertion. This means that Playwright Test will keep checking the node with the specified selector until it meets a certain condition, like having a specific text value. It will keep re-fetching and checking the node until either the condition is met or a timeout is reached. You can set the timeout as an argument or configure it globally via test config.

import { test } from '@playwright/test';

test('await expect(page.locator)', async ({ page }) => {
  await page.goto('https://ray.run/');
  await expect(page.locator('.my-selector')).toHaveText('Hello World');

expect(await page.locator)

In this case, the code first resolves the page locator and then applies an assertion. Playwright Test fetches and checks the node returned by page locator immediately, without waiting for any asynchronous operations to complete.

import { test } from '@playwright/test';

test('expect(await page.locator)', async ({ page }) => {
  await page.goto('https://ray.run/');
  const locator = page.locator('.my-selector');
  expect(await locator).toHaveText('Hello World');

In summary, await expect(page.locator) allows you to wait for specific conditions on elements with configurable timeouts, while expect(await page.locator) performs assertions immediately without waiting for asynchronous operations to complete.

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