I’ve been using GhostDriver recently.
I could never get along with HTTPUnit driver, it so rarely worked for me. But GhostDriver has been magnificent.
Whenever I want to do any headless browser testing I use GhostDriver.
I blogged about my use of GhostDriver to test www to mobile site redirection, over on eviltester.com.
I’ve also been using it as part of a “Tester’s Link Checker” I’ve been experimenting with.
I use it because it is easy to add to my project.
<dependency> <groupId>com.github.detro.ghostdriver</groupId> <artifactId>phantomjsdriver</artifactId> <version>1.0.3</version> </dependency>
And I just make sure I download the PhantomJS executable as well. I’ve been adding it into a tools sub folder of my project that I don’t check in to version control.
public static final File PHANTOMJS_EXE = new File(System.getProperty("user.dir"), "tools/phantomjs-1.9.1-windows/phantomjs.exe");
Then I create the driver pointing to the executable:
PhantomJS and GhostDriver have been working flawlessly for me.
What I love about it, is that it is so easy to change the user-agent
Coupled with the WebDriver ability to set browser sizes:
driver.manage().window().setSize(new Dimension(320, 480));
I’ve been happily crawling web sites with different user-agents and setting the screen size to the correct size so I can harvest a bunch of screenshots which show me an approximation of the responsiveness of the site’s HTML.
The link checker code isn’t ready for release, but if you want a simple example of how I’ve been using GhostDriver to test mobile site redirection by controlling the user-agent then you could head off to github and see the code.