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Check if a variable is set in Selenium IDE and set it when it’s not declared yet

Sometimes you want to use child/parent like tests.

This enables you to treat the ‘child test’ more like a template which you can re-use. But you might want to influence the variable used in this templated test.

To test whether a variable was set and set it when it was not, you’d do the following.

Testing whether a variable was set is done with this javascript string:

"${randomResellerEmail}" == "$" + "{randomResellerEmail}"

In Selenium IDE this looks like the following.

Test for a variable and set it when it did not exist

Store current datetime in variable in Selenium IDE and use it for a random email address

I use variables all the time. And to be able to re-use a test over and over again, I need random email addresses whenever I fill in forms.

For this I define a variable with the current date and time and then a variable which will hold the email address which uses the current date and time.

My random email address will look like: selenium-20220318_122803@pauledenburg.com

Just store the following as 1 string into the ‘Target’ part of your command.

const date=new Date(); return String(date.getFullYear())  + String(date.getMonth()+1) + String(date.getDate()) + '_' + String(date.getHours() < 10 ? "0"+date.getHours() : date.getHours()) + String(date.getMinutes() < 10 ? "0"+date.getMinutes() : date.getMinutes()) + String(date.getSeconds() < 10 ? "0" + date.getSeconds() : date.getSeconds())

It will look like this in Selenium IDE:

storing the current datetime in a variable in Selenium IDE

Now you can use this to create your email address which is unique every time you run your test:

And use it when you want to fill a form.

Behat 3 + Mink + Selenium


We will be installing the following:

  • Behat version 3 – the testingframework
  • Mink – for controlling real webbrowsers to run your tests
  • PHPUnit – for using the handy ‘assert’ methods PHPUnit provides.
  • Selenium Standalone Server – this will act as a service to accept connections and map them to browsers.

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