If you are just getting started with Iridium, please read the article An Introduction to Iridium, an Open Source Selenium and Cucumber Testing Tool.
A common requirement when writing browser tests is the ability to modify network requests. There are a number of reasons why you may want to do this including:
- Simulating failures of backend systems
- Blocking access to analytics to prevent your stats from being influenced by test runs
- Blocking access to static resources like images to speed up tests
- Preventing timeouts for resources that a CI system can’t access
Iridium embeds the BrowserMob proxy and exposes steps that can be used to support the above situations. To demonstrate this, let’s look at how you would modify the test of the DZone website in order to speed it up via the removal of image loading.
To run this example, right click, download and run this Web Start file. If you have not already done so, ensure that you have trusted the location where the Iridium JAR file is downloaded from using the instructions in the installation chapter of the getting started guide.
The only change to the test scripts shown in previous examples is the addition of a step that intercepts requests matching a certain regular expression (anything with the string “thumbnail” in our case) and immediately returns a 500 response code.
# Open up the web page Scenario: Launch App And I set the default wait time between steps to "2" # Speed up tests by blocking thumbnails And I block access to the URL regex ".*?thumbnail.*" with response "500" And I open the application And I maximise the window
There is no additional configuration required for this step to work, as BrowserMob is enabled and configured by default.
Running the test confirms that the page being loaded indeed has no thumbnail images present. This significantly speeds up the execution of the test, as it removes a large percentage of the bandwidth required to load a page.