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How do I enable test retries in Playwright Test and detect retries at runtime?

Answer

To enable test retries in @playwright/test, you can configure them in the configuration file or use the command line option --retries=<number of retries>. This allows failing tests to be retried multiple times until they pass or reach the maximum number of retries.

For example, in your playwright.config.ts file, you can set the retries option:

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

const config: PlaywrightTestConfig = {
  retries: 3,
};

export default config;

Alternatively, you can use the command line option:

npx playwright test --retries=3

To detect retries at runtime, you can access testInfo.retry in any test, hook, or fixture. This can be useful for clearing server-side state before a retry. For example:

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

test('My Test', async ({ page, testInfo }) => {
  if (testInfo.retry) {
    // Clear server-side state before retry
    await page.goto('https://ray.run/clear-state');
  }

  await page.goto('https://ray.run');
  // Perform your test actions
});

Remember, you can also reuse a single Page object between multiple tests by creating your own in test.beforeAll() and closing it in test.afterAll(). This allows you to share state between tests and reduce setup time.

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