How do I use the 'test.fail()' function in Playwright Test to continue execution even if a visual test fails?


Sure, you can keep your tests running even if a visual test fails in Node.js with @playwright/test. You can use the test.fail() function to mark tests as "should fail". This is useful when you know a certain feature is broken and you're working on a fix.

Here's how you can do it:

import { test } from '@playwright/test';

test('not yet ready', async ({ page }) => {
  // Your test code here...

In this case, the test won't cause the entire suite to fail. It's marked as a known failure until it's fixed.

You can also conditionally mark a test as "should fail". This is handy when a feature is broken under certain conditions. Here's an example:

import { test } from '@playwright/test';

test('fail in WebKit', async ({ page, browserName }) => {
  test.fail(browserName === 'webkit', 'This feature is not implemented for Mac yet');
  // Your test code here...

If the browserName is 'webkit', the test will be marked as "should fail". You can also add a description to explain why it's failing.

Remember, use test.fail() to document known issues and prevent false negatives. This way, you can focus on fixing real failures while keeping track of known issues.

By using these techniques, you can manage your test suite more effectively. Happy testing!


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