Appium tests / setup

Hi all,
I want to run appium tests for UI testing. This framework requires to run an appium server on the same machine to run the tests. How can I do that with bitrise?

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Hi @alexander.savonin,

The same way you would run it in your Terminal / Command Line. You can use a Script step to install and use any tool if there’s something you can’t find a ready made build step for.

Related docs:

If you have any questions just let us know! :wink:

Thank you! I’ll try it.

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SOLUTION: Create a script step with the following code

set -ex
npm install -g appium
appium &>/dev/null &

It will launch an appium server in the background and hide an output.
Maybe it will be helpful for someone.

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It definitely will! Thank you @alexander.savonin! :blush:

I would like more information as where I would put my java classes, as I currently run through intellij. Also, how would I be able to get the results and affect my bitrise build, so if the tests fails, the build will fail also.

Just follow the official Appium docs ( As mentioned above:

I’d suggest you to use the Deploy to step for that:

Make sure your command/script returns a non zero exit code and the Bitrise CLI will mark the step as failed. If you use a Script step this is as simple as starting the Script with:

set -ex

This will print the commands before execution for debugging (-x flag) and the script/bash will return a non zero exit code if any command after the set -ex line fails (-e flag).

If you have any questions just let us know! :slight_smile:

One more thing @plin, I’d suggest you to check these guides so that you can run the configuration locally on your Mac/Linux:

and debug it if needed:

Thanks for the information viktor, I have gone very far with the resources you gave me. Everything works locally, the only thing that doesn’t work is when I run my maven tests and try to connect to the appium server opened through “#!/bin/bash
set -ex
npm install -g appium
appium &>/dev/null &” . It doesn’t seem like I can connect, even though I have the correct address. I verfied by starting an appium server without muting the logs to see the address created. Which is

Any ideas this is happening? Also any people with working appium on their apps can help me?

@plin can you share a bit more details? The best would be if you could share the link/url of the build, feel free to do that through the onsite chat on, so that we can check the logs of the build & the related build config.

Did you run it with the Bitrise CLI?


This script does not work for me and gives this error.

(node:2981) UnhandledPromiseRejectionWarning: Unhandled promise rejection (rejection id: 2): Error: EACCES: permission denied, mkdir ‘/usr/lib/node_modules/appium/node_modules/appium-chromedriver/2017730-2981-1xiwuq4.ocj0g’
(node:2981) [DEP0018] DeprecationWarning: Unhandled promise rejections are deprecated. In the future, promise rejections that are not handled will terminate the Node.js process with a non-zero exit code.
info Chromedriver Install Installing Chromedriver version ‘2.28’ for platform ‘linux’ and architecture '64’
info Chromedriver Install Opening temp file to write chromedriver_linux64 to…
Error: EACCES: permission denied, mkdir '/usr/lib/node_modules/appium/node_modules/appium-chromedriver/2017730-2981-1450uny.5xwn’
npm WARN optional SKIPPING OPTIONAL DEPENDENCY: fsevents@1.1.2 (node_modules/appium/node_modules/fsevents):
npm WARN notsup SKIPPING OPTIONAL DEPENDENCY: Unsupported platform for fsevents@1.1.2: wanted {“os”:“darwin”,“arch”:“any”} (current: {“os”:“linux”,“arch”:“x64”})
npm ERR! errno 1
npm ERR! appium-chromedriver@2.11.2 install: node install-npm.js
npm ERR! Exit status 1
npm ERR!
npm ERR! Failed at the appium-chromedriver@2.11.2 install script.
npm ERR! This is probably not a problem with npm. There is likely additional logging output above.

@ankitpachouri0891 this seems to be a config issue. Can you please create a #issues:build-issues report, with the full log or a link to the build’s page?

Has same problem with @ankitpachouri0891

Just to connect the discussions, the report & fix can be found here:

Thanks @han.tran! :slight_smile:

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@ankitpachouri0891 did you manage to solve the issue? If not, can you check this report and fix: Cannot install appium on Android, Ubuntu stack ?

@viktorbenei Will try this and update you soon.

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@viktorbenei Buddy, its done. Thanks alot for the support. Now, I will be writing my test cases and want those to be used to push the build via bitrise. Will surely get back to you, if I stuck somewhere. :wink:

@han.tran Thanks a ton man! And thank you so much for your efforts :slight_smile:

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Glad to hear @ankitpachouri0891! :tada: :slight_smile:

Glad to help @ankitpachouri0891 took me a day :slight_smile: By the way, I’m stuck with the android emulator, sometimes when installing the apk, it’s taking forever. @viktorbenei should I open a ticket?

@han.tran yes, please do create a new one, but unfortunately in lots of cases the answer is to use

as the standard emulators are quite buggy…