About Testing Electron Applications

Applies to TestComplete 14.90, last modified on June 15, 2021

The Electron framework is used to create applications with JavaScript. The user interface of such applications is implemented as web pages that the Chromium web browser embedded into the application renders.

With TestComplete, you can create automated tests for applications created with Electron. TestComplete recognizes web pages that implement the application interface and individual web elements on those pages, and you can simulate user actions against these web elements.

Note: To learn how to test applications built with Chromium Embedded Framework (CEF), see About Support for Chromium Embedded Framework.

Supported Electron Versions

TestComplete can test 32- and 64-bit applications created with Electron version 1.8.2, 2.0.2, 3.0.2, 4.0.2, 5.0.0, 6.0.0, 6.1, 7.0.0, 7.1, 8.0 - 8.5, 9.0 - 9.2, 10.0 - 10.1, 11.0.0.

  • Currently, TestComplete does not support:

    • Electron applications created with: Electron 9.x on Windows 7.

    • Electron 9.x and 11.0.0 if they have an enabled global sandbox mode (the app.enableSandbox method).

  • You can face object-recognition issues if your Electron app is built with the disabled remote module.


  • An active license for the TestComplete Web Module.

  • The following plugins must be enabled in TestComplete:

    • Web Testing

    • Chromium Embedded Framework Support

    These plugins are installed and enabled automatically as part of the TestComplete Web module. You can check whether these plugins are active in the File > Install Extensions dialog (you can find them in the Web group).

  • Your tested Electron application must be compiled as a binary executable file.

Exposing Electron Applications

To simulate user actions against your Electron applications, you access web pages that the embedded Chromium web browser renders. To expose Chromium content in your Electron application:

  1. In your TestComplete project, add your application’s binary executable to the Tested Applications collection as a Generic Windows application:

    Testing Electron applications in TestComplete: Add an Electron application in the Tested Applications collection

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    Specify the path to the binary executable of your Electron application.

    If your Electron application is distributed via installable binaries, several executables can be generated upon installation. For TestComplete to be able to access the application internals, use the application’s actual executable rather than the application launcher. Typically, the needed executable is located in the %APPDATA%\Local\<Your_App_Name>\app-N.N.N folder.

    To make sure that you add a proper executable to your project:

    • Launch your Electron application.

    • In TestComplete, switch to the Object Browser and locate your application in the object hierarchy tree.

    • Right-click the application’s Process node and then click Add Process to TestedApps. TestComplete will add the proper executable to your current project:

      Testing Electron applications in TestComplete: Add an Electron application in the Tested Applications collection from the Object Browser

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  2. Launch your application only in the Simple run mode. You can do it directly from the TestComplete IDE or from tests by using the TestedApp.Run method:

    Testing Electron applications in TestComplete: Run the Electron application from TestComplete

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  3. TestComplete will recognize the contents that the Chromium web browser renders the same way it recognizes any other web application:

    Testing Electron applications in TestComplete: An exposed Electron application

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    Page objects correspond to the rendered web pages. Child objects of the Page correspond to web elements on the page. Their hierarchy depends on the web object model enabled for your current project in TestComplete (Tree, by default).

    For web elements, TestComplete provides properties and methods that you can use to retrieve data of the elements and simulate user actions against them. In addition, TestComplete provides access to all native methods and properties of the web elements. You can use these native methods and properties to access data and simulate user actions that are not available through methods and properties that TestComplete provides.

    You test Electron applications by simulating user actions against these web elements. You do it the same way you do it in regular web browsers.


Testing web pages in Electron applications differs from testing regular web browsers:

  • TestComplete identifies applications created with Electron as Process test objects rather than Browser test objects.

  • Page objects are nested under the Process node of the application.

  • If you use the WebView control in your Electron applications, TestComplete recognizes such controls as Frame objects.

For more information on differences between regular and embedded browsers, see the Specifics of Web Testing in Embedded Browsers section in the Considerations for Web Testing topic.

Creating and Recording Tests for Applications Built with Electron

With TestComplete, you can record and play back user actions in Electron applications, or you can create tests manually from scratch. Usually, it is easier to record the test first and then modify and enhance the recorded test.

When you record a test, you interact with the tested Electron application as an end-user would: navigate through the application’s screens, fill out forms and so on. TestComplete captures all actions you perform in the application and adds them to the test.

A test consists of a sequence of operations that define various interactions with objects in the tested application. For example, you can see in the sample test below that selecting an item from a combo box is represented by the ClickItem operation, text input into text boxes - by the SetText operation, and so on.

A sample keyword test recorded against an Electron application
A sample keyword test recorded against an Electron application

JavaScript, JScript

function Test_OrdersElectron()

  var orderFrm = Aliases.orders.pageOrders.formOrder;
  var textboxCustomerName = orderFrm.textboxCustomerName;
  textboxCustomerName.Click(27, 12);
  textboxCustomerName.SetText("John Smith");


def Test_OrdersElectron():

   orderFrm = Aliases.orders.pageOrders.formOrder;
   textboxCustomerName = orderFrm.textboxCustomerName;
   textboxCustomerName.Click(27, 12);
   textboxCustomerName.SetText("John Smith");


Sub Test_OrdersElectron()


  Set orderFrm = Aliases.orders.pageOrders.formOrder
  Set textboxCustomerName = orderFrm.textboxCustomerName
  Call textboxCustomerName.Click(27, 12)
  textboxCustomerName.SetText("John Smith")
End Sub


procedure Test_OrdersElectron();
var orderFrm, textboxCustomerName;

  orderFrm := Aliases.orders.pageOrders.formOrder;
  textboxCustomerName := orderFrm.textboxCustomerName;
  textboxCustomerName.Click(27, 12);
  textboxCustomerName.SetText('John Smith');


C++Script, C#Script

function Test_OrdersElectron()

  var orderFrm = Aliases["orders"]["pageOrders"]["formOrder"];
  var textboxCustomerName = orderFrm["textboxCustomerName"];
  textboxCustomerName["Click"](27, 12);
  textboxCustomerName["SetText"]("John Smith");

The recorded tests can be modified and enhanced in a number of ways to create more flexible and efficient tests. For example, you can:

  • Add new operations, reorder operations and modify their parameters.

  • Delete or disable unneeded operations (for example, superfluous recorded operations).

  • Insert checkpoints for verifying objects and values in the tested application.

  • Create data-driven tests that run multiple test iterations using different sets of data.

Refer to the following topics to learn more about creating and enhancing tests:

Task See topic…
Creating tests using recording Recording Tests
Creating tests manually Keyword Testing and Scripting
Simulating user actions Working With Application Objects and Controls
Running tests Running Tests
Launching applications automatically at the beginning of the test run Adding Tested Applications and
Running Tested Applications
Creating checkpoints for verifying application behavior and state Checkpoints
Running multiple test iterations using data from an external file Data-Driven Testing

Addressing Objects in Electron Applications

There are several ways to refer to objects in Electron applications:

Using Name Mapping and Aliases

By default, when you record a test, TestComplete automatically adds recorded objects to the Name Mapping repository in your project and uses names it assigns to mapped objects (such names are called aliases) to refer them in tests. You can see mapped objects and their aliases in the Name Mapping editor:

Testing Electron applications in TestComplete: An Electron application in the Name Mapping editor

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Without Name Mapping

To work with objects not added to the Name Mapping repository, you can address them using syntax that directly includes identification properties. To learn what syntax is needed to refer to a specific object, view the object’s FullName property in the Object Browser:

Testing Electron applications in TestComplete: Addressing the Electron application GUI elements by their full name

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How Do I Start Testing Electron Applications?


Follow the step-by-step instructions to learn how to test Electron applications with TestComplete.

Known Issues and Limitations

  • If script injection is restricted by the Content Security Policy (CSP) in your tested Electron application, TestComplete will not be able to access internal objects of the application.

    To be able to create tests for such applications, you need to disable the policy that restricts script injection. To do that, remove the Content-Security-Policy header from your application pages.

    Create a separate test build of your application with the policy disabled, for testing purpose only. Do not deploy your application with the policy disabled, as it may impair your application security.

    You can find more information about CSP and on how to work with it at:


  • If your application uses JavaScript libraries (for example, jQuery, RequireJS, Meteor, AngularJS, Highcharts, and so on), you may encounter an Uncaught ReferenceError when launching your Electron application from TestedApps. To avoid this error, launch your tested Electron application with the -tearOffNodeObjects command-line argument in the TestedApps editor.

  • If you run your tested application created with Electron 9.2.0 x86, from TestComplete, on the Windows 7 operating system, and the sandbox renderer is enabled in the application, the application may fail to render its pages.

  • Running cross-platform web tests for Electron applications in remote environments is not supported.

See Also

Testing Electron Applications
Considerations for Web Testing

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