Test Android applications on VMs running Android OS
Rainforest supports testing native Android phone and tablet applications.
- See: Run apps on the Android Emulator for the creation of Android app tests on a Virtual Machine running Android Emulator.
- See Rainforests list of supported platforms and devices
- See Setting up your mobile apps for testing with Rainforest to properly set your mobile apps for testing
Creating a new Android app test
Be sure to have your mobile applications set up in your Sites and Environments before proceeding.
1. Create a new test for your native Android application.
Click Create Test, then select the test type 'App'
Note: Plain English should be left as the Test Language of the test. Rainforest Automation is not available for mobile testing yet.
2. Click the App Source drop-down.
Select the URL for the Android app file you wish to test.
3. To start a run, Select the Android VMs you wish to test from the Platforms section
Can I reuse my existing web tests?
In most cases, a company’s web app and native app are fundamentally different, so you will not be able to reuse your existing web tests for your native app. However, in some cases, you can (and should!) reuse the work that you have already done.
If your mobile and web apps are very similar, you can simply copy the appropriate tests for your web app to a new test for your mobile application.
Native mobile app and web application tests are separated in the Rainforest interface since they cannot share a starting URL.
- The URL for a web browser test serves as a direction for the testers
- The URL for a native app test is a source, where Rainforest will access and install your native application
Testing your build
If your app is not running properly on Rainforest’s VMs, we strongly recommend that you test it locally to ensure that your application is configured properly for x86.
Make sure your app URL is a direct download link
The hosted file URL must be a direct download link. If this is not the case, Rainforest will not be able to install the .apk file.
- Note: If using a Dropbox link, please make sure your it ends in dl=1.
See Dropbox's help article for more info. https://www.dropbox.com/en/help/201
- Some users have used this workaround for Dropbox
Verify Site URL
Rainforest will add a trailing slash "/" when launching running the test. This will sometimes lead to an error that does not allow the test to direct to the correct URL which will fail the test. This can be avoided by adding a "#" to the end of your site url.
Our testers come from various IP address, secure environments will often block testers from reaching your site. Whitelisting Rainforest IP addresses may be required.