I have a single project that runs Appium tests on both Android and iOS. The app under test is very simple. It basically opens a screen, calls a local server to get some content and return the result on the screen.
The test routine follows the pattern on both platforms:
1 - Access a screen, the main screen, containing a textfield and a submit button
2 - Type a URL and click on the submit button, then waits for a custom screen to load
3 - Test the custom screen
4 - Restarts the app (driver.closeApp / driver.launchApp), so the next test / scenario / feature can start over freshly
In order to optimize this routine and test speed, I implemented deep links (URL Scheme on iOS). With this feature, there was no need to restart the app anymore, since each deep link call would load directly a custom screen. So the test routine now became this:
1 - Open a custom screen directly through a deep link
2 - Test the custom screen
That is, no more restarting app routine. This improved Android tests speed by over 50%!
However, on iOS, I still needed to restart the app in the end because the test speed (looking up for elements, etc) became very slow. And that is the point I’m asking for help: what might cause this behavior on iOS?
Here’s the capabilities I use on iOS:
capabilities.setCapability("noReset", true) capabilities.setCapability("waitForQuiescence", false) capabilities.setCapability(MobileCapabilityType.PLATFORM_NAME, "iOS") capabilities.setCapability(MobileCapabilityType.AUTOMATION_NAME, "XCUITest") capabilities.setCapability(MobileCapabilityType.PLATFORM_VERSION, "13.5") capabilities.setCapability(MobileCapabilityType.DEVICE_NAME, "iPhone 11") capabilities.setCapability(MobileCapabilityType.APP, PATH-TO-.APPFILE) driver = IOSDriver<MobileElement>(URL(APPIUM_URL), capabilities)
This is the way I’m calling deep links:
macOS Big Sur 11.2.3 (20D91)
i7, 16gb ram, SSD
Build version 12D4e
The Appium project is implemented in Kotlin and Gradle. My dependencies:
compile group: ‘io.appium’, name: ‘java-client’, version: ‘7.4.1’
compile group: ‘commons-io’, name: ‘commons-io’, version: ‘2.8.0’
compile group: ‘com.github.romankh3’, name: ‘image-comparison’, version: ‘4.3.0’
The Appium server is 1.20.2