How do I set up scheduled tests with Playwright using external tools?


To schedule tests with Playwright using external tools, follow these steps:

1. Create a script to run tests

Create a script that runs your Playwright tests. Save it as a shell script (.sh) on Linux or a batch file (.bat) on Windows. For example, create a run-tests.sh file with the following content:

npx playwright test --project ray.run

2. Use a task scheduler

Linux (cron)

On Linux, use cron to schedule your tests. Open the crontab editor with:

crontab -e

Add a new line with the desired schedule and the path to your script:

0 0 * * * /path/to/run-tests.sh

This example runs the tests daily at midnight.

Windows (Task Scheduler)

On Windows, use Task Scheduler:

  1. Open Task Scheduler and create a new task.
  2. Set the trigger to your desired schedule.
  3. Add an action to run your script, e.g., C:\path\to\run-tests.bat.

3. Integrate with CI/CD tools (optional)

You can also use continuous integration (CI) tools like Jenkins or Travis CI to automate your testing process. Configure these tools to run your Playwright tests and send notifications if any tests fail.

4. Use the HTML test reporter

Playwright provides an HTML test reporter that shows a full report of your tests. Filter the report by browsers, passed tests, failed tests, skipped tests, and flaky tests. Click on each test to explore the test errors and each step of the test.

By using external tools like cron jobs or CI/CD pipelines, you can easily schedule and automate your @playwright/test testing processes.

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