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Webrat lets you quickly write expressive and robust acceptance tests for a Ruby web application. It supports simulating a browser inside a Ruby process to avoid the performance hit and browser dependency of Selenium or Watir, but the same API can also be used to drive real Selenium tests when necessary (eg. for testing AJAX interactions). Most Ruby web frameworks and testing frameworks are supported.
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 Project Readme

Webrat ¶ ↑

Description¶ ↑

Webrat lets you quickly write expressive and robust acceptance tests for a Ruby web application.

Features¶ ↑

  • Browser Simulator for expressive, high level acceptance testing without the performance hit and browser dependency of Selenium or Watir (See Webrat::Session)

  • Use the same API for Browser Simulator and real Selenium tests using Webrat::Selenium when necessary (eg. for testing AJAX interactions)

  • Supports multiple Ruby web frameworks: Rails, Merb and Sinatra

  • Supports popular test frameworks: RSpec, Cucumber, Test::Unit and Shoulda

  • Webrat::Matchers API for verifying rendered HTML using CSS, XPath, etc.

Example¶ ↑

class SignupTest < ActionController::IntegrationTest

  def test_trial_account_sign_up
    visit home_path
    click_link "Sign up"
    fill_in "Email", :with => "good@example.com"
    select "Free account"
    click_button "Register"
  end

end

Behind the scenes, Webrat will ensure:

  • If a link, form field or button is missing, the test will fail.

  • If a URL is invalid, the test will fail.

  • If a page load or form submission is unsuccessful, the test will fail.

Installing Nokogiri¶ ↑

Users of Debian Linux (e.g. Ubuntu) need to run:

sudo apt-get install libxslt1-dev libxml2-dev.

Otherwise the Nokogiri gem, which Webrat depends on, won't install properly.

Install for Rails¶ ↑

To install the latest release as a gem:

sudo gem install webrat

To install the latest code as a plugin: (Note: This may be less stable than using a released version)

script/plugin install git://github.com/brynary/webrat.git

In your test_helper.rb or env.rb (for Cucumber) add:

require "webrat"

Webrat.configure do |config|
  config.mode = :rails
end

Install with Merb¶ ↑

Merb 1.0 has built-in, seamless Webrat support. Just start using methods from Webrat::Session in your specs.

Authors¶ ↑

License¶ ↑

Copyright © 2007-2008 Bryan Helmkamp, Seth Fitzsimmons. See MIT-LICENSE.txt in this directory.