How to Install and Setup Appium on Windows with First Program to Get a Kick Start on Appium:
Appium is an open source and cross-platform tool that helps automate Mobile Apps testing – both Android and iOS Apps. Appium supports Native, Mobile and Hybrid Apps.
There are three types of Mobile Apps:
**Native: **Native apps built using the iOS, Android, or Windows SDKs. They are platform specific. They are built to work on a platform and/or device.
Hybrid: Hybrid apps are web applications developed using HTML, CSS, and wrapper of a native application on top of UIWebView for iOS and “webview” for Android Apps.
Mobile web apps: Mobile web apps are the apps ones accessed using mobile browsers.
Why is Appium a popular tool for automating Mobile Apps?
Appium Training is a “cross-platform tool” i.e. it allows you to write tests on multiple platforms (iOS, Android, Windows), using the same APIs. It is the most widely used tool for regression testing Mobile Apps on mobile phones and tablets.
Setting up the Appium Tool on Windows
**Prerequisites: **This is a short list of software and hardware required for automating a mobile App testing using Appium:
Your PC should have JDK, Appium Server, Eclipse, Android SDK installed
Apk: Mobile Application to be automated in our Case ContactManager.apk
Testing Device: In this case Moto G
Jars: Java-client jars and Selenium Jars.
USB driver for Testing Device: In this case Moto G
Step #1: Install the Java Development Kit (JDK)
Step #2: Set up Java Environment Variable Path
Step #3: Download and install Android SDK here and update the APIs
To update API, Open Eclipse -> Click on Window in the Eclipse Menu and -> Select Android SDK manager
Android SDK manager
Step #4: Now we need to install Appium for Windows. Go here and download Appium for Windows.
Step #5: Install Node JS from here: Node JS download
Step #6: Set the ANDROID_HOME path as well as JAVA_HOME path
Specify the path for tools and platform-tool present in Android SDK path.
Android SDK path
These folders would be present in adt-bundle-windows-x86_64-20140702\sdk
Now we need to update the Environment variable
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Update the Environment variable
Update path with tools and platform-tools (folder present in Android SDK).
The entry in Path will look as below:
Step #7: Access adb
Press Win+R keys combination
Type CMD. Now in CMD type ‘adb’. adb will be accessible