31 October 2016

Recently I was asked to do a small intro into the Geb. These are the results of a small workshop I gave at Adcubum.

So what is it?

Geb is a really nice and handy browser automation tool on top Selenium Webdriver. It provides you the full power of Selenium Webdriver. But it adds some nice features such as:

And how does it look like?

Page objects help you to encapsulate the content of a specific page and reuse it in serveral test classes. In this example GoogleFrontPage provides an easy to use identifier for example the Google search input field. It also provides you an easy way to click on the Google search button.

package ch.silviowangler.geb.pages

import geb.Page

 * @author Silvio Wangler
class GoogleFrontPage extends Page {

    static url = '/'

    static at = {
        title == 'Google'

    static content = {
        searchInputField { $("input", name: "q") }

        searchButton { $("button", name: "btnG") }

        searchResultsContainer { $('#sbfrm_l') }

        searchResults { $('h3.r') }

        firstResult { searchResults[0] }

This enables you as a developer to write much more readable test code by writing commands likely

to GoogleFrontPage

which tells Geb to browse to http://www.google.com. You can then tell Geb to enter some text into Googles search input field by writing

searchInputField.value 'Geb Framework'

and then start the Google search by clicking on the button.

import ch.silviowangler.geb.pages.GoogleFrontPage
import geb.spock.GebReportingSpec
import spock.lang.Stepwise

class GoogleSpec extends GebReportingSpec {

  void "Visit Google.com"() {

    to GoogleFrontPage

    title == 'Google'

  void "Make sure the query field is initially empty"() {

    expect: 'The search field is initially empty'
    searchInputField.text() == ''

  void "Enter a query"() {

    when: 'Enter "Geb Framework" into the search field'
    searchInputField.value 'Geb Framework'

    and: 'Click the search button'

    and: 'wait until the search result element is visible'
    waitFor { searchResultsContainer.displayed }

    title == 'Geb Framework - Google Search'

    firstResult.text() == 'Geb - Very Groovy Browser Automation'

Where can I get that stuff?

I wrote a small starter tutorial that is hosted at GitHub. Feel free to clone it and run those tests yourself. Hope you enjoy it.

I wanna see more!

The workshop was held in german. Therefore the recordings only are available in German language.

Tags: geb, spock, gradle, testing, groovy, selenium