If you're already using Apify and have Cypress code that needs a home, you're in luck. We created Cypress Test Runner to make running Cypress tests on the Apify web scraping platform a breeze. Let's see how you can use it.
☁️ Cloud alternatives for testing
When it comes to running your Cypress tests in the cloud, there are a few options available:
- Cypress Cloud and its alternatives. Cypress Cloud provides a hosted solution for running your Cypress tests, allowing you to easily execute your tests on a remote infrastructure. There are also open-source alternatives for running Cypress tests and collecting test results.
- Run it in CI/CD pipelines. Integrating your Cypress tests into your CI/CD pipelines is another effective approach – tested and used by us here at Apify on a daily basis. By plugging your tests into your existing processes, such as to GitHub Actions, you can seamlessly incorporate testing into your development workflow.
🥾Guide on how to deploy and schedule Cypress tests in the cloud
If you want to set regular runs for your Cypress tests in the Apify cloud, follow these steps:
Step 1. Choose Cypress Test Runner
Step 2. Record or write your tests
Of course, you can add manually written tests as well. But by using the Cypress Test Recorder extension, you can make your test writing a bit faster. Check out our guide 🔗 on how to record your tests using the Cypress Recorder Extension in Chrome.
Step 3. Export and paste your tests
After recording your tests, export them from the Recorder and paste the test code into Cypress Test Runner. This step allows you to set up the runner with your specific tests for execution.
Step 4. Start the run
Now click on Start and wait for the run to complete the test. Once your tests are done running, you'll see the Status of the run change to ✅ Succeeded or ❌ Failed. Note that if any of your Cypress tests fail, the whole run will be marked as Failed.
You can also check the full log of every test run.
Step 5. Check the dashboard
To see the test results just copy the dashboard link on top of the Run panel. The dashboard will provide you some valuable insights into your test runs, including detailed test results, metrics, and visual aid. You can use this information to analyze the performance and identify any issues or areas for improving your tests.
Step 6. Save your run as a task
If you want to schedule your test to run on a regular basis, you'll have to create a Task. To create a Task, simply head for the Input of your Run and click Save input to new task.
Now name your task, tweak the Input if needed, and click Schedule.
Step 7. Schedule your test to run hourly, daily, etc.
One last thing left to do: choose how often you want the Cypress test to run (weekly, monthly, daily, hourly, custom time or by cron expression). Don't forget to pick your time zone so the run happens exactly when you need it to.
By following these steps with Cypress Test Runner, you can effortlessly deploy and schedule your Cypress tests in the Apify cloud. Enjoy the benefits of running your tests remotely, gaining valuable insights, and improving the quality of your software.
📇 Template for Cypress Actors
If you prefer to build your own Cypress Actor, we have a template available to help you get started. This template serves as the foundation for any container with Cypress tests (including the one this tutorial is about) and helps our users to create their own Cypress testing solutions faster. Try it and see if it helps you too!