Setup a Selenium WebDriver Ruby project on Travis CI

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Travis CI is a hosted, distributed continous intergration service for building GitHub projects. It is free of charge for open source GitHub projects in various languages, including C, C++, Java, JavaScript, Python, Ruby and few more1.

This article will demonstrate how to setup an automated UI testing project using Selenium WebDriver Ruby binding with headless Chrome browser (as PhantomJS has been deprecated as of 2017).

Create a GitHub repository

A public GitHub repository is needed in order to be built on Travis CI for free. New open-source projects can be created at GitHub's 'Create a New Repository' page.

Create a Selenium WebDriver Ruby project

Project Structure

There are no requirements for how Selenium WebDriver Ruby project should be set up. Hence here is how this sample Selenium Ruby project is structured:

/root                       -- root of the repository
    /test                   -- folder contains the sample test
        test_home_page.rb   -- sample test file
    .travis.yml             -- configuration file for Travis CI               -- description of the project
    Rakefile                -- Rakefile

Create a UI test

  • Test::Unit framework is used as the testing framework in this example.
  • Headless Chrome browser will be the browser to run the UI tests.
  • Travis CI supports tests which require GUI, where some setup for xvfb are needed2.

Here is a sample test file called test_home_page.rb:

require 'selenium-webdriver'
require 'test/unit'

module Test
  class TestHomePage < Test::Unit::TestCase

    def setup
      options =
      @driver = Selenium::WebDriver.for :chrome, options: options'')

    def teardown

    def test_home_page_title
      assert_equal('Yi Zeng', @driver.title)

Add Rakefile

Travis CI uses Rakefile to build project and execute the tests, if it is not present, build will fail like this:

$ rake
rake aborted!
No Rakefile found (looking for: rakefile, Rakefile, rakefile.rb, Rakefile.rb)
The command "rake" exited with 1.

Therefore here comes the sample Rakefile:

require 'rake/testtask'

task :default => [:test] do |test|
  test.libs << 'test'

  # ensure the sample test file is included here
  test.test_files = FileList['test/test_*.rb']

  test.verbose = true

Add .travis.yml

Travis CI uses .travis.yml file in the root of the repository to learn about the project, which for instance includes:

  • Programming language of the project
  • Build setup and cleanup
  • Commands to execute the build

The sample testing project here is written in Ruby, so Ruby configurations will be used in .travis.yml. Detailed official documentation for building Ruby projects can be found here. In order to validate it, Travis Lint would be a handy tool, while the simplest way is just to go to Travis WebLint and paste the content in.

# Sample .travis.yml file:
language: ruby

rvm: # the Ruby versions to be used
  - 2.1.0
  - 2.0.0
  - 1.9.3

  - gem install selenium-webdriver

Push to Github

Once the repository is properly created, push it to Github.

Login to Travis CI and enable hook

  1. Login to Travis CI with the GitHub account of this repository.
  2. Visit Travis CI profile and find the repository. If the repository does not appear on the list, make sure
    • It is not a private repository
    • Travis CI has been synced with GitHub (click "Sync now" if necessary)
  3. Enable the hook for this repository.

Enable hook on Travis CI

Run project on Travis CI

Travis CI should be able to build to the project automatically whenever new changesets are pushed to GitHub. However, to kick off a test run manually:

  • From Travis CI project page
  1. Find this project's page on Travis CI
  2. Click the refresh icon
  • From GitHub project settings
  1. Go to project's settings page on GitHub
  2. Select tab Webhooks & Services (url:[GITHUB_USERNAME]/[REPO_NAME]/settings/hooks)
  3. Click 'Configure services' button
  4. Find Travis down to bottom
  5. Click Test Hook button

Analyze results on Travis CI

Project page

The project page on Travis CI is:[GITHUB_USERNAME]/[REPO_NAME]

Results page on Travis CI

Build log

Clicking each job number will open up the build log for that particular job, which contains all console output produced during the build.

Test Results

Test results are shown in the rake section of the build log. For example, here are the test results inside this particular job's build log:

$ rake
/home/travis/.rvm/rubies/ruby-2.0.0-p0/bin/ruby -I"lib:test" -I"/home/travis/.rvm/gems/ruby-2.0.0-p0/gems/rake-10.0.4/lib" "/home/travis/.rvm/gems/ruby-2.0.0-p0/gems/rake-10.0.4/lib/rake/rake_test_loader.rb" "test/test_home_page.rb"
Run options:

# Running tests:

Finished tests in 1.078374s, 0.9273 tests/s, 0.9273 assertions/s.
1 tests, 1 assertions, 0 failures, 0 errors, 0 skips

ruby -v: ruby 2.0.0p0 (2013-02-24 revision 39474) [x86_64-linux]
The command "rake" exited with 0.

Build status images

Travis CI provides build status images for projects, which are encouraged to be added to project sites or README files as good software development practices.

The status image can be found at[GITHUB_USERNAME]/[REPO_NAME].png, with branches can be specified by URL query string like ?branch=master,staging,production optionally.

Alternatively, in the repository page of Travis CI, click settings icon button, then select Status Image, a dialog with all the options will be displayed, as shown in the screenshot below:

Travis CI status image options

The sample project's current status is: Travis CI build status

  1. A list of supported languages can be found here

  2. Using xvfb to Run Tests That Require GUI (e.g. a Web browser)