Automated Testing for Mobile App Using Calabash

Automated Testing for Mobile App Using Calabash

22 Jun 2016
Automated Testing for Mobile App Using Calabash

If you want to do automated testing for mobile apps, then calabash is one of the tools on which you can rely. This tool helps the user to the author as well as execute automated acceptance tests for mobile apps. The app supports Android and other native apps. It is open-source and therefore available free of cost. Developed by Xamarin, the tool consists of libraries that enable test code to interact programmatically with the native as well as the hybrid apps.


The interaction consists of numerous end-user actions that can be the following:-

  • Gestures
  • Assertions
  • Screenshots

The calabash helps in automating any IOS or Android-based app. The app can be customized according to the needs and requirements of the user. In the context of the app, Xamarin furnishes the automation framework, the device cloud.

Calabash supports the cucumber which allows the user to express the app behavior using natural language that can be comprehended by business experts, nontechnical QA staff. It can be used to write automated acceptance tests with the aid of any Ruby-based test framework.

The benefits of Calabash are that it is a perfect tool for acceptance tests. It does not require programming skills in Ruby. The user can only use the steps from the user story, make some minor changes according to the user interfaces. There are online links, websites where the users of Calabash can get enough information about the tool. From the online reviews, it is understood that the tool is popular for acceptance tests.

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