How do I set up and run a Selenium demo project with Playwright for Java?


Running a Selenium Demo Project with Playwright for Java

First, ensure that you have the latest version of Playwright for Java installed on your machine.

Creating a New Project

You can create a new project using your favorite IDE or text editor. Import the necessary packages from the com.microsoft.playwright namespace.

import com.microsoft.playwright.*;

Launching a Browser Instance

To create a new browser instance in your test code, use the Playwright.create() method to get an instance of BrowserType. Then, call its .launch() method with any desired options such as headless mode or custom user agent string.

BrowserType browserType = Playwright.create().chromium();
Browser browser = browserType.launch();

Interacting with Pages

You can interact with pages using methods like .newPage(), .goto(), .click(), and so on, just like in Selenium WebDriver.

Page page = browser.newPage();

Playwright for Java offers many advantages over traditional Selenium testing. It provides faster execution times due to parallelization support and better cross-browser compatibility. It has built-in support for multiple browser engines including Chromium-based browsers like Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox, and WebKit-based browsers like Safari on macOS/iOS devices.

For more information, check out the Comparative Analysis of Playwright Adoption vs Cypress and Selenium on our blog.


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