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Configuring Firefox for Test Studio Automation

This document describes the steps to enable Firefox browser for test recording and execution.

1. Install the Progress Extension

Install the latest Progress Test Studio Extension from the Firefox Add-Ons store.

Important

If you face any troubles when installing or enabling the extensions, expand the Extension Install Procedure section below.

2. Browser Calibration

To ensure a flawless and consistent automation process, there are a few browser settings that we need to apply. We call this browser calibration and have implemented a feature to automatically calibrate the browser out of the box. No manual interaction is required.

Important

If you need to manually double-check all calibration settings are correct, expand the Manual Configuration section below to see a list of these.


Extension Install Procedure +



1.  When you start recording against Firefox, but the Progress extension is not installed, the browser will load the recording start page and will try to load the extension. The recorder will search for the extension for the period that is defined in the *ClientReady* Timeout (the default is 60 seconds).

Wait For Extension

2.  If the Progress extension doesn't load within the timeout period, a link to the Mozzila Extension Page will be displayed to install the extension.

Get Extension

3.  By clicking on Get It Free From Mozilla Extensions Page you will be directly navigated to the Progress extension on the Extension Page.

Extension In Page

4.  By clicking the Add to Firefox button the extension will be added after confirmation.

Add Extension Confirmation

5.  Click on the icon located to the right of the address bar to find the extension's version.

Extension Version


Manual Configuration +

Enable Progress Test Studio Extension

Follow the steps below to manually configure Firefox for web automation with Test Studio. 1. Click on the browser settings button in the upper right corner and select Add-ons.

Extension

2. Ensure that the Progress Test Studio Extension is enabled.

Extension

Zoom Level Set to 100%

1. Click on the browser settings button.
2. Use the plus (+) and minus (-) buttons to set it to 100%.

Zoom

Turn Off Pop-up Blocker & Enable JavaScript

1. Click on the browser settings button and select Options.

Zoom

2. Click on the Privacy and Security tab (on the left side) and scroll down to Permissions section.

3. Uncheck the Block pop-up windows checkbox.

Pop up blocker

Pop-ups Open in a New Tab

1. Click on the browser settings button and select Options.
2. Scroll down to the Tabs section and check Open new windows in a new tab instead.

Pop up open in new window

Enable File Downloads

1. Click on the browser settings button and select Options.
2. Scroll down to the Downloads section and check and select Always ask you where to save files.

Downloads

Enable Cookies

1. Click on the browser settings button and select Options.
2. Click on Privacy and Security.
3. Scroll down to the History section to set the option to Remember history.

Cookies

Disable 'Remember passwords for sites'

1. Click on the browser settings button and select Options.
2. Click on Privacy and Security.
3. Make sure the Remember logins and passwords for websites option is disabled.

Passwords

Set PDF Files to Be Always Saved

1. Click on the browser settings button and select Options.
2. Locate the Applications section on the General Settings tab.
3. Set the PDF format file action to Save File.

Save PDF file

Use System Proxy Settings

As of the 2012 R1 version released in April 2012, set the Connection Settings to Use system proxy settings.

1. Click on the browser settings button and select Options.
2. Click on General.
3. Scroll down to the Network Proxy section and press on Settings... button.
4. In the Connection Settings window select Use system proxy settings.

Proxy

Setting Configuration Flags

There are three more settings to be modified in the configuration editor - type about:config in the url bar and press Enter to access it. Double click the following settings to set these to false:
  • browser.sessionstore.resume_from_crash

    browser_sessionstore_resume_from_crash
  • browser.tabs.warnOnClose

    browser_tabs_warnOnClose
  • browser.tabs.warnOnCloseOtherTabs

    browser_tabs_warnOnCloseOtherTabs

Disable Conflicting Extensions

The following Add-ons are known to conflict with the Progress Test Studio Extension:
  • AOL Messaging Toolbar
  • FoxyProxyStandard

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