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mth's avatar
Occasional Contributor
3 years ago

Check which TestedApp is currently running

Hi all,


at the beginning I had only one TestedApps entry "App1", of type "Generic Windows Application" with the path to java.exe as application parameter and some command line parameters to start my Java application with a specific user.


Within a 'Given "App1" is started' I started my app via scripting, using the following:



If I wanted to check, if my application is already running, I just used the following:<App1>.Exists


Now I have two TestedApps entries "App1" and "App2", both of type "Generic Windows Application" with the path to java.exe as application parameter, but differing command line parameters to start the Java application with different users.

As both applications start java.exe I cannot use the process properties to distinguish between them.


I want to handle the following scenarios executed after another:

Scenario 1: 'Given "App1" is started' 'When xxx' 'Then yyy' => App1 should be started as described above

Scenario 2: 'Given "App1" is started' 'When aaa' 'Then bbb' => As App1 is already running, I don't want to do anything

Scenario 3: 'Given "App2" is started' 'Whey mmm Then nnn' => As App1 is already running, I want to stop App1 and start App2 instead


So I would need something like the following in my 'Given "<App>" is started' step:

if (nameOfRunningApplication != nameOfApplicationToStart){

stop "nameOfRunningApplication";

start "nameOfApplicationToStart";



I already played around with global variables, etc. to store the name of the application, which was started last time (and is currently running), but I cannot find a way to define this variable so its value is not lost, when reusing my test step in another scenario with a different parameter for the other application.


Hope my problem was stated clearly and you can help me 🙂


Kind regards,


2 Replies

  • Marsha_R's avatar
    Champion Level 3

    Did you try having a separate project variable for each app that's boolean?  You could check that state when you think you need to start it again.  Make it a project suite variable so it carries between projects.


    You might also put that as a suggestion for an "Is running" property and see if the devs can come up with a way to add it to the object properties.

    Here's the link:

    • mth's avatar
      Occasional Contributor

      Thank you very much for your quick reply.


      I now use

      Project.Variables.appRunning = app;

      to store the application I just started and to check, if later on I should do nothing or close the current application and start another one.


      Kind regards,