Appium doesnt boots the simulator, and installs the WDA, if the iOS simulator is already running


I am seeing weird issue, where I try to invoke my app using Appium Desktop


  1. Appium Desktop: 1.6.2
  2. Appium Server : 1.8.1
  3. Xcode: 9.4.1
  4. Mac OS Version : 10.13.6


“platformName”: “iOS”,
“platformVersion”: “10.3”,
“deviceName”: “iPhone 6”,
“automationName”: “XCUITest”,
“locationServicesEnabled”: true,
“autoAcceptAlerts”: true,
“app”: “/Users/kpalanisamy/Downloads/”,
“noReset”: false

first time, when i start session using Appium Desktop(with simulator closed) ; Simulator gets booted, installed the app and WDA. Opens up the app in the specified iOS Simulator

But, now i am starting the session again using the same appium Desktop(with simulator already running); Simulator doesn’t get booted, not installing the app and also WDA. Doesn’t open up the app in the ios Simulator.

Suprisingly, the Appium Inspector shows the app inovked ; but not the simulator.

Looks very weird! Was working before;

Tried with new OS Version, Xcode Version(10) and also Appium version(1.8.2);
Tried with running appium in the background with CLI

Basically, it needs simulator to be closed everytime to bring an fresh simulator

Kindly, help me out with this issueAppiumIssueLog.txt (31.0 KB)