I’m pleased to announce that pytest-selenium v1.7.0 has been released, and there’s a change to the way Firefox options are handled. Previously, the profile and binary path for Firefox were passed as keyword arguments when instantiating the Firefox driver. Now, this is handled by an
This just means that the creation of the driver object when using Firefox has gone from look something like this:
driver = Firefox( capabilities=capabilities, executable_path=driver_path, firefox_binary=FirefoxBinary(firefox_path), firefox_profile=firefox_profile)
driver = Firefox( capabilities=capabilities, executable_path=driver_path, firefox_options=firefox_options)
Since earlier this year, the python bindings have included a
firefox_options keyword argument, which provides a way to pass these (and more) options in a more extensible way. This means there are now three ways to specify a binary path and profile:
Providing so many ways makes it difficult to cover all the edge cases. For example, what should happen if a profile is specified in all three? To resolve this, there’s a good chance that the
firefox_profile keyword arguments will be deprecated at some point in Selenium 3, and removed in a future version.
I’ve decided therefore to stop using these keyword arguments in pytest-selenium, which was achieved by simply switching to the new
firefox_options keyword argument. I’m not expecting users to notice any changes, except perhaps that we now depend on a more recent version of the python bindings to ensure the new keyword argument is available.
Along with this change, I have introduced a
firefox_options fixture, which allows users to replace or modify the options for specific tests. Here’s an example, which adds the
-foreground argument to the options. Note that adding Firefox arguments requires you to be using a recent Firefox and GeckoDriver.
@pytest.fixture def firefox_options(request, firefox_options): firefox_options.add_argument('-foreground') return firefox_options
You could even add a custom marker to specify arguments:
@pytest.fixture def firefox_options(request, firefox_options): args = request.node.get_marker('firefox_arguments') if args is not None: for arg in args.args: firefox_options.add_argument(arg) return firefox_options @pytest.mark.firefox_arguments('-foreground') def test_firefox_in_foreground(base_url, selenium): # your test code here
I considered adding this custom marker to pytest-selenium, but as with most features I like to see them graduate from a test suite once they’ve proven themselves useful, to avoid bloating the plugin.
For now, the command line options for specifying the Firefox path, profile, extensions, and preferences will all still work. In the future I may remove these in favour of using capabilities or the