How do I navigate to a website and automate interactions using Playwright for testing purposes?


Sure, you can automate website navigation and interactions using Playwright. Here's how:

Step 1: Install Playwright

First, install the Playwright VS Code extension. You can find it in the marketplace or the extensions tab.

// Open command panel and type:
Install Playwright Select Test: Install Playwright

Step 2: Choose Browsers

Next, choose the browsers you'll use for running tests.

Step 3: Generate Tests

Now, generate tests using CodeGen. This tool auto-generates tests as you perform actions in the browser.

Step 4: Record a New Test

Click the "Record new" button from the Testing sidebar. This creates a test-1.spec.ts file and opens a browser window where you can record actions.

// Run single test
// Click the green triangle next to the test block

Step 5: Run Tests

You can run all tests using the "Show Browsers" option in the testing sidebar.

Step 6: Pick a Locator

Finally, pick a locator by clicking the "Pick locator" button from the Testing sidebar. This copies the locator into your clipboard after you select the required element from the webpage.

For more tips on writing efficient Playwright test scripts, check out this blog post.


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