How do I increase the default timeout for the waitFor() method in Playwright?


Extending Wait Time in Playwright

In Playwright, the waitFor() method's default timeout is 30 seconds. But, you can customize this duration. Here's how you can do it.

Code Example

// Set custom timeout
const customTimeout = 60000; // 60 seconds

try {
  await page.waitFor('element', { state: 'hidden', timeout: customTimeout });
} catch (error) {
  // Handle TimeoutError

In this example, we set a custom timeout of 60 seconds. We then pass this value to the waitFor() method. This tells Playwright to wait for the specified element to become hidden or until the custom timeout duration is reached.

If the element becomes hidden within the specified timeframe, the execution will continue. If it takes longer, a TimeoutError will be thrown. You can handle this error based on your application's logic.

A Word of Caution

Be careful when extending the wait time. Longer durations can slow down your tests or automation scripts. It's generally better to use other signals such as network events or selectors becoming visible instead of relying solely on timeout-based waits.

For more details, refer to the official Playwright documentation at https://playwright.dev/docs/next.


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