record and run tests

Taiko comes with a recorder that’s a REPL for writing test scripts. Taiko's recorder generates clean, maintainable JavaScript code.

The following sections explain how to launch the recorder, automate a browser and generate test scripts.

Launching #

Install the latest version of version of Node.js and launch the Taiko REPL in your favorite terminal application using

npx taiko

This launches the Taiko REPL prompt.

Version: 1.x.x (Chromium: XX.x.x)
Type .api for help and .exit to quit

You start exploring and using Taiko's API.

Taiko's REPL is a specialised wrapper over node REPL for handling Taiko's API. You can also Taiko's REPL to run JavaScript code or use any Node.js libraries.

Exploring #

Taiko REPL command .api lists all available API in the following format (This is a shortened output)

> .api

Browser actions
    openBrowser, closeBrowser

Page actions
    goto, reload, goBack


For more info Taiko's API like parameters and example usage you can run .api <api>

> .api click
Fetches an element with the given selector, scrolls it into view if needed, 
and then clicks in the center of the element...


Returns: Promise

  await click('Get Started')

This API reference is also available online.

Running commands #

To start automating the browser you can type in Taiko's API. For example to launch a browser instance

> openBrowser()

This launches an instance of Chromium that is bundled with Taiko.

Open Browser Screenshot

To automate this browser instance, you can use other commands from Taiko's API. Here's an example automating the browser to search Google

> goto("google.com")
> click("I agree") 
> write("taiko test automation")
> click("Google Search")

These commands automate the browser to

You can see the browser performing these actions as you type and press enter for each command. (The recording was made before Google added the cookie consent.)


Generate code #

Taiko’s REPL keeps a history of all successful commands. Once you finish an execution flow, generate a test script using the special command .code

> .code

This command generates JavaScript code.

const { openBrowser, goto, write, click } = require('taiko');
(async () => {
  try {
    await openBrowser();
    await goto("google.com");
    await click("I agree")
    await write("taiko test automation");
    await click("Google Search");
  } catch (error) {
  } finally {

Copy/Modify this code or save it directly to a file using

> .code googlesearch.js

Stopping #

Stop and exit a recording session using

> .exit

Please note that you will lose all previous sessions recording history each
time you launch Taiko's REPL.

Playback #

You can re-run the test scripts saved from a session using the taiko command

npx taiko googlesearch.js

By default this will run the script in headless mode and you will not see a browser instance. However, if you would like to see the browser you can run

npx taiko googlesearch.js --observe

The --observe command adds a delay of three seconds between each actions and highlights Taiko's API actions on the page under test.

Resume #

You can resume a session by using the repl API in your test script and using the --load options while launching the Taiko REPL

For example

const { openBrowser, goto, write, click } = require('taiko');
const { repl } = require('taiko/recorder');
(async () => {
  try {
    await openBrowser();
    await goto("google.com");
    await click("I agree"); // remove this line if you run headless, because the cookie consent will not appear
    await write("taiko test automation");
    await click("Google Search");
    // Launchs the REPL after executing 
    // the commands above
    await repl(); 
  } catch (error) {
  } finally {
npx taiko --load googlesearch.js

Load plugins #

If you want to use Taiko plugins in the REPL. You can use --plugin <plugin> option, for example to use Taiko diagnostics plugin

npx taiko --plugin taiko-diagnostics
> openBrowser();
> diagnostics.startTracing();
> goto('google.com');
> diagnostics.endTracing();

Manage browsers #

You can use the environment variable TAIKO_BROWSER_PATH to launch Taiko's recorder on any browser (other than chromium version bundled with Taiko). Please follow your Operating System's instruction on setting environment variables. For example in bash or zsh you can try

TAIKO_BROWSER_PATH=/complete/path/to/browser/executable/file npx taiko

Note, the path should be to the browser executable file and not just the browser executable's folder. You can point this environment variable to chromium based browsers like Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Opera etc. and FireFox

Emulation #

Taiko also has an options for emulating

To emulate devices (using the browser's viewport) you can use the --emulate-device option as follows

npx taiko --emulate-device 'iPhone X'

You can refer devices.js for the full list of devices.

To emulate network you can use the --emulate-network option for example

npx taiko --emulate-network 'Regular2G`

The available options are GPRS, Regular2G, Good2G, Regular3G, Good3G, Regular4G, DSL, WiFi, Offline