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slecault
Contributor
4 years ago

Start Appium mobile test without reinstalling the app

Hello,

 

New to Appium mobile testing (try to migrate from legacy mobile testing:-).

 

How do we run a mobile test without re-installing the mobile app each time.

Current situation:  our app has different behavior on first opening, then need to authorize device acces (photo, position...). 

I want to run tests using an already running app (appium session).

 

I have tried with capabilities, but did not get it working yet.

 

Here are my Android capabilities (Physical Android device connected USB to local Laptop, running Appium server locally also).

 

var capabilities = {
"app": "c:\\TC\\Android\\MyApp\\myCie-5.2.40118.2_Emulator.apk",
"appPackage": "com.myCie.pjc",
"appActivity" : "myCie.views.pages.root.RootPage",
"noReset" : "true",
"fullReset" : "false",
"automationName": "UiAutomator2",
"deviceName": "Huawei P20",
"newCommandTimeout": "600",
"platformName": "Android",
"udid": "xpnxxnppxnx"
};

  • this is pure guesing, but :

     

    with the caps you have here:

    "appPackage": "com.myCie.pjc",
    "appActivity" : "myCie.views.pages.root.RootPage",
    "noReset" : "true",
    "fullReset" : "false"

     

    i feel like you can get rid of the "app" capability to the the path of your apk, and given the app is already on your android device, appium should be able to start the app given the 4 caps above without reinstalling from scratch.

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  • this is pure guesing, but :

     

    with the caps you have here:

    "appPackage": "com.myCie.pjc",
    "appActivity" : "myCie.views.pages.root.RootPage",
    "noReset" : "true",
    "fullReset" : "false"

     

    i feel like you can get rid of the "app" capability to the the path of your apk, and given the app is already on your android device, appium should be able to start the app given the 4 caps above without reinstalling from scratch.

    • hkim5's avatar
      hkim5
      Staff

      also, i feel like it shouldnt be reinstalling from scratch for android devices as per appium capabilities docs state:

      enforceAppInstall By default application installation is skipped if newer or the same version of this app is already present on the device under test. Setting this option to true will enforce Appium to always install the current application build independently of the currently installed version of it. Defaults to false.
    • slecault's avatar
      slecault
      Contributor

      Thank you hkim5,

       

      Tried previously, obviously something was not ok at that time.  The setup is currently not well known by myself. All from the laptop and physical device. I need to learn the sequencing:  

      Plugin device

      Allow file transfer on device

      Start Fiddler (need to redirect app traffic to work office)

      start Appium

      Start Session (appium)

      Run test from TC!

       

      Last attempt work after removing "App" capability. It did restart the my app, but I am guess this is related to Mobile.Connect...

       

      I continue from here.