How do I execute a Playwright test from a JavaScript file without relying on the command line interface?


Running a Playwright Test from a JavaScript File

To run a Playwright test from a JavaScript file without using the CLI, you can create a custom script that imports and executes the test. Here's a step-by-step guide:

  1. Install @playwright/test: First, make sure you have the @playwright/test package installed in your project. If not, install it using npm or yarn:

    npm install -D @playwright/test
  2. Create a test file: Create a test file, for example, my-test.spec.ts, and write your test using the test object from @playwright/test:

    import { test } from '@playwright/test';
    test('Load ray.run homepage', async ({ page }) => {
      await page.goto('https://ray.run/');
      const title = await page.title();
      expect(title).toBe('Ray.run - Playwright Test Automation');
  3. Create a custom script: Create a new JavaScript file, for example, run-test.js, and import the runTests function from @playwright/test. Then, call this function with the test file path as an argument:

    const { runTests } = require('@playwright/test');
    (async () => {
      await runTests(['./my-test.spec.ts']);
  4. Execute the custom script: Finally, run the custom script using Node.js:

    node run-test.js

This will execute your Playwright test without using the CLI. For more tips on writing efficient Playwright test scripts, check out Tips for Writing Efficient Playwright Test Scripts.

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