How to Edit a Test Using a Past Result


When you need to make simple edits to a previously-run test in the Visual Editor, save time by taking a new screenshot directly from freeze frames already captured by Rainforest. Instead of previewing your test in the test editor or manually going through steps on a fresh virtual machine (which can be very time-consuming for long tests), you can use freeze frames captured by Rainforest during a prior automated test run.

Navigating to a Past Result

There are two way to navigate to a past result:

Option 1

  1. Select Open when reviewing a failed test
Select "Edit tests" to open the test editor.

Select "Open" to open the test editor.

  1. When navigating from an individual result, you'll automatically be taken to that specific result in the test editor.
  2. Use the arrows/click through the steps to navigate between the frames listed along the left side of the screen.

Option 2

  1. Open the desired test in the test editor.
  2. Select the past result above the virtual machine. This will allow you to create screenshots from freeze frames of that particular result.
Use the "Past Result" tab to use images from recently runs.
  1. Use the arrows/click through the steps to navigate between the frames listed along the left side of the screen.

Taking Screenshots Using a Past Result

Editing your test using freeze frames follows the same steps that editing a test via live preview does:

  1. Add new steps or update existing steps using the left-side panel.
  2. Capture new screenshots using the freeze frame captured during the test run.
  1. Save your work and rerun your test


1. Why are some steps greyed out?
They might be greyed out for one of two reasons.

  • Rainforest only captures freeze frames for steps that require screenshots. Rainforest does not capture freeze frames when executing actions like "wait" or "press key".
  • Steps that didn't execute (i.e. after a failing step) will also be grayed out.

2. Are all past results available?
Yes, any result from a past run (including any past attempt if retries were used) are available.

3. Can I use past results to edit Reusable Snippets?
You can edit Snippets within the context of a parent test using results of that parent test. You won't see the Past Result tab when directly editing Snippets because Reusable Snippets can't be run independently.

4. Can I use this while editing on a branch?
Yes. The Visual Editor is “branch aware.” This allows you to edit a test from a result while working on a branch. Changes you make will only be reflected on that branch.