6 Steps to Automate Cross-Browser Testing for Continuous Delivery

6 Steps to Automated Browser Testing for Continuous Delivery with Testsigma

Cross browser testing is essential in the web development process, ensuring that a website or web application works properly across different browsers and devices. Automating this testing process has become increasingly important with the rapid adoption of continuous delivery and deployment practices. This blog post will explore how to automate cross-browser testing for continuous delivery with Testsigma.

Cross Browser Testing is a testing approach that essentially helps us to assure compatibility of our Application across all the Browsers that are used by the End User of the Application.” –  Advantages of Cloud Based Cross Browser Testing Tools.

“Testing across a variety of browsers will reveal issues the developer may have left uncovered.  Finding a bug at the user level is not welcome in a competitive world and the users may not necessarily stay and give a chance which in turn affects the business.

Hence, Cross Browser Testing becomes very important to ensure cross browser compatibility of your website and application.” – 8 Essential Elements Required in Automated Cross Browser Testing Tools

In the following six steps, we will walk you through using Testsigma to automate your cross-browser testing for continuous delivery. By the end of this post, you will have a solid understanding of how to set up and run Testsigma tests as part of your continuous delivery process. You will be well on achieving faster and more reliable releases.

Why Automated Cross Browser Testing?

Reason 1 – Manually testing across all these Test Environments takes huge amount of time and resources.

Reason 2 – Another reason for advocating Automated Cross Browser Testing would be to include Continuous Delivery practices. It is almost impossible to implement Continuous Testing and Continuous Delivery with manual Testing alone.

How Testsigma can help

Testing of an application across multiple browsers is a tedious task. Considering the fact that there is a need for continuous testing in today’s agile development environment, the difficulty only increases.

Testsigma is an End to End Test Automation platform that makes it easy to set up and run cross-browser tests as part of your continuous delivery pipeline. With its intuitive interface and powerful features, Testsigma simplifies the process of testing across different browsers and devices, enabling you to quickly and efficiently ensure the quality of your web applications.

Testsigma simplifies your job by managing multiple browser environments. You can use the cloud infrastructure if you don’t have the physical infrastructure for running parallel browser sessions on multiple devices.

Check out Testsigma’s automated cross browser testing approach for continuous delivery.

6 Step to Automate Cross Browser Testing for Continuous Delivery using Testsigma

For performing step by step Cross Browser Testing in Testsigma, we need to follow the below steps:

1. Create one or more test cases and add a few test steps

Testsigma allows you to Write Automated Tests Quickly. Using Simple English – Everyone can write automated tests at least 5X faster using simple English. No coding skills are required.

If you are unfamiliar with creating Test Cases in Testsigma, please check out our previous DZone article – Web Application Automated Testing With Testsigma, to gain insight into creating and executing a simple Test Case in Testsigma.

Let us assume we have already created a Test Case to check the login page of Testsigma in three web browsers, Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer. You can add more browsers to the list.

Once the Test Cases are created and Test Steps are added to it, you can move onto creating a Test Suite to group the Test Cases.

2. Create a Test Suite and add the previously created Test Case/Cases to it

Test Suites are used to group a set of Test Cases for Execution. We need to create a Test Suite even though we have only a single Test Case in this example. Test suites are mandatory for execution since every Execution takes a Test Suite as input.

Check the below article to know how to create Test Suite and add Test Cases to it. How to add/edit/Delete Test Suites
Now we can move on to the next step, creating an Execution and adding multiple Execution Environments. We need to create a separate Execution Environment for each web browser we want to run the Tests.

3. Create an Execution and add separate Test Environments for each of the web browsers

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To create an Execution, you can navigate the Executions page via: Applications > Select Application > Select Version > Executions

1. Click the Create button in the top right corner to create an Execution. The Create Execution page would open as shown below:

Create Execution page
Create Execution Page

2. Enter the required details, such as Execution Name, Execution Model, etc. We will select the Test Lab Type as ‘Testsigma Lab’ and Execution Type as ‘Cross Browser Testing’ for this example.

3. Click on Select Test Suite to open the Select Test Suite overlay page and select the required Test Suite/Suites to be included. We will select the Test Suite created in previous section.

4. Click on Select Test Environment to open the Select Test Environment page. In this page, we can specify the Operating System and Browser settings for each Test Environment. Finally, click on the Create button.

5. Repeat the above step (Step 4) to create more Test Environments for each of the Browsers.

With Testsigma, you can Speed up Test Runs with Parallel Test Executions – Run tests in parallel across many different test environments to cut down your build times.

Once all the required Test Suites and Test Environments are added, it will look similar to the below image:

Test Suites and Test Environments
3 different Test Environments

Here, we have created three Test Environments – for Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Internet Explorer.

6. Now, click on the Create button to create the Execution.

7. We will be taken to the Executions page. Click on the newly created Execution name to go to the Execution details page. You can find the CI Integration details there.

4. Integrate into the CI Pipeline

Using Continuous Integration for Agile and DevOps Teams – Shift-left approach and seamless integrations with CI/CD tools ensures the quality of your applications in continuous delivery practices.

As you can see in the above section, we have obtained the command to start the CI Integration.

curl -X POST -H 'Content-type: application/json' -u <Username>:<Password> https://app.testsigma.com/rest/execution/<execution ID>/run

Note: Replace the dummy values between <> with the required values.

You can use the above command as your post build step in your Continuous Integration server to integrate the Test into your CI/CD pipeline.
Also, you can use Testsigma’s Execution Status REST API call to wait for the execution completion and notify you once the execution is complete.

CI/CD Integration Page

CI/CD Integration

5. Analyse individual Environment results

We get Comprehensive Reports and Debugging Tools – Dynamic and customizable reports with text logs, screenshots, video recordings and many more to help you analyze results faster.

Once you get the Execution completion notification, you can log in and check the test results for the individual Environments.

Run Results – Run ID page

Run Results - Run ID page

Run Results – Test Environment Page

Test Environment page

6. Debug and Report Bugs easily

Drill down the Test Results to get to the root cause of the failure and file a bug into the integrated Bug Platform such as JIRA.

Testsigma is built for all your continuous testing requirements and Cross-Browser Testing is just one of them.

Test Results Page

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Frequently Asked Questions

How Do You Automate Cross-Browser Testing?

Cross-browser testing is automated using a test automation tool like Testsigma, Selenium, etc. Suppose you are performing cross-browser testing manually without using an automation tool. In that case, it will take a considerable amount of time, energy, and cost, and even after that, it will not be as effective as using an automation tool.

Can Selenium be Used for Cross-Browser Testing?

Yes, Selenium can be used for cross-browser testing. Selenium grid makes it possible to run the tests in the various combinations of operating systems and browsers simultaneously.     

Which is the Best Tool for Cross-Browser Testing?

The best tool for cross-browser testing is which makes it easy to write the tests and run them in the various operating system and browser combinations. But also, the best tool for cross-browser testing depends upon your project requirement and background. If you have little or no programming knowledge, then the best-suited tool is Testsigma, where you can use 2000+ real desktop, iOS & Android browsers to run and automate cross-browser testing.  

How Do I Run a Test Script in Multiple Browsers?

To run the test script in multiple browsers, you have to use a cross-browser testing tool like Testsigma, which allows running the test script in 2000+ real desktop, iOS & Android browsers to perform the cross-browser testing.

Suggested Reading

What types of test cases should be automated for efficient cross-browser testing?

List of Browsers, Real iOS and Android Devices to Run Your Tests in Parallel 

Automated cross browser testing tool 

The Ultimate Guide to Cross Browser Testing Tools

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