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Introduction of Cypress and its Features

By Maleeha Anees
April 12, 2023

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Today we are going to start a discussion on a well-known tool that is used for web applications automation testing. It can be categorized into “Black-Box Testing” in which the website’s source code is not required and just with the help of element selectors on a cypress browser the automation test scripts can be created. Without any delay, let’s start talking about the Cypress Automation tool.  

What is Cypress?

Cypress is an open-source JavaScript-based end-to-end testing framework that facilitates developers with a powerful set of tools to write and automate tests for their web applications. It is a testing framework that is highly recommended to be used for modern web applications. It a basically a browser-based testing platform and it is only for web applications, that can be on mobile devices or on desktops. This platform is well known for its fast execution speed and ability to run tests directly in the browser, making it easy to debug tests in case of any issues. It provides real-time feedback and eliminates the need for external tools or plugins. There are plenty of features that make it a popular choice among developers.

Features of Cypress that make it stand out…

Easy Setup and installation: Cypress can be installed with just one command, and it comes with everything you need to get started with testing your web applications.

Fast and reliable: Cypress is designed to run tests quickly and reliably. It runs tests in parallel and can provide real-time feedback as tests are being run.

Powerful test runner: Cypress provides a powerful test runner that makes it easy to organize and run your tests. You can run tests individually or by file.

Real-time reloading: As you make changes to your tests or your application code, Cypress will automatically reload the browser and rerun the tests, which makes it easy to iterate quickly and see the results of your changes. This is flexibility in this feature, which can be overridden as per the user’s need and then the user reloads the test manually.

Debugging tools: Cypress provides a range of debugging tools that can help you troubleshoot issues in your tests.

Integration with other tools: Cypress can be easily integrated with other tools and frameworks, such as continuous integration and deployment (CI/CD) tools, testing frameworks, and more.

Cypress Installation…

To install Cypress, you can follow these steps:

  • Make sure you have Node.js installed on your machine. You can download Node.js from the official website: So, after the node installation check that it is successfully installed.
  • Open a terminal or command prompt and navigate to the root directory of your project which you have created in your system directory.
  • Run the command to initialize a new Node.js project. This will create a new package.json file in your project directory.
  • Again run the command to install Cypress. This will download and install Cypress into your project’s node_modules directory, as well as add it to your project’s devDependencies in package.json.
  • Once the installation is complete, you can open Cypress by running the given command in your terminal. This will open the Cypress Test Runner, where you can run your tests and interact with Cypress.

That’s it! You should now have Cypress installed and ready to use in your project.

Cypress Window Structure…

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