Many teams use Appium as their test automation framework. Whether you’re already using Appium or just getting started on mobile testing basics, it’s important to master the Appium basics too.

Consider this your guide to Appium basics.

We’ll cover everything from the pros and cons of the Appium framework to tutorials for using Appium in your environment.

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Overview of Appium

Appium is a test automation framework. It’s open source, which means it’s backed by a community. And the Appium framework supports end-to-end testing in multiple languages. You can use it on iOS and Android devices using a WebDriver.

You can download Appium from GitHub to get started.

Appium releases regularly. The next release — Appium 2.0 – is expected in 2020.

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Appium vs. Other Tools

Appium isn’t the only test automation framework on the market.

So, how do you know if Appium is the right framework for your team and project?

You’ll want to consider language, test type, ease of Continuous Integration (CI), and who will be using it — among other things.

For instance, Appium is best used by QA teams for black box testing. Other frameworks — like XCUITest

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Appium Tips & Tricks

The Appium framework is popular and used by many teams. But do you know everything you need to know to be successful with Appium?

When it comes to using Appium, you might need a little extra help getting started. Especially if there are advanced Appium features you want to take advantage of.

You’ll, of course, want to consider platform and programming language. But you should also consider…

How should you approach using Appium? Are there other tools you need to make Appium complete? What about matching skillsets and methodologies? Or reporting on your testing efforts?

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Your Appium FAQs Answered

While Appium is the de facto framework for mobile test automation, it can be complex. It gets even more complicated when automating advanced test scenarios.

Mobile functions like face ID, deteriorating network conditions, competing apps, video streaming, and fingerprint testing can be tricky for testers.

Here are the Appium questions we often hear. Learn about advanced Appium testing. And get our expert input on challenges in Appium in our blog, 14 of Your Appium Questions Answered.

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Advanced Appium Testing

Appium is the de facto mobile automation framework. But you may not be getting all you can out of it. Appium automation is capable of advanced testing scenarios you may not be aware of. In fact, you can automate things like video streaming, face ID authentication, and more. Learn these tips and tricks in our blog, Mobile Testing With Appium: 3 Advanced Automation Techniques.

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How to Use Appium Tools

Appium provides a great framework for testing on iOS and Android. But you can’t rely on Appium alone to satisfy your test automation needs. The best way to use Appium is to leverage it as part of your automated testing toolset.

Your automated testing toolset isn’t complete without:

  • Testing on real devices in a lab.
  • Security you can trust.
  • Advanced automation scenarios.
  • Reporting that analyzes success and failure.
  • A fully integrated CI/CD tool stack.

The best way to get access to these capabilities is to integrate Appium with Perfecto.

Perfecto provides:

  • Countless smartphones and tablets hosted in 11 data centers around the world.
  • Strict security certifications, varying network configurations, audit trails, and more.
  • Support for advanced automation scenarios, like biometrics or image injection.
  • Reporting on test failures by root cause and more.
  • Integration into your CI/CD tools.

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Get Started With Appium and Perfecto

See for yourself why using Appium and Perfecto together is a smart choice for your team. Go from these Appium basics to advanced automation.

You can get started testing on Android and iOS for free for 14 days.

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