Supported Flex Controls

Applies to TestComplete 14.80, last modified on April 20, 2021
Flash Player has reached end of life on December 31, 2020. Support for Flash and Flex applications is now deprecated in TestComplete and will be removed in a future release.

TestComplete supports testing of various Flex controls. You can also modify project properties so that TestComplete recognizes your custom Flex controls. The sections below describe how you can test Flex controls in detail.

About Supported Flex Controls

TestComplete can obtain information about controls and objects of Flex applications if you use one of the following approaches for testing:

Depending on which of the above-mentioned approaches you are using to test your application, different sets of windows, objects, controls and exposed object members become available to TestComplete:

  • If your Flex application was compiled with the MSAA engine enabled, TestComplete exposes the on-screen objects for which the accessibility information was provided. These objects contain properties, methods and actions common for on-screen objects as well as a number of extended members added by the MSAA engine.

  • If you are using the debug version of Flash Player, Runtime Loader or the FlexClient library to test a Flex application, the application becomes Open, and TestComplete can recognize the application’s visual objects. Besides that, TestComplete adds a special FlexObject property to each object of the application. This property provides access to the underlying Flex object and its public native methods and properties.

For more information, see Testing Flash and Flex Applications - Overview.

Requirements

  • A license for the TestComplete Web module.

  • The Adobe Flex Control Support plugin. The plugin provides access to controls via special program objects. It also enables creating table checkpoints for controls that display data in the tabular form. For the full list of these controls, see About Tables Collection.

  • The following plugins:

    • Web Testing - Implements web testing, enables testing of web applications running in Internet Explorer, Edge or WebBrowser control (but not the Edge-based WebBrowser control).

    • Firefox Support - Enables testing of web applications running in Mozilla Firefox.

    • Chrome Support - Enables testing of web applications running in Google Chrome.

    • Chromium Embedded Framework Support - Enables web testing in applications created with Chromium Embedded Framework (CEF) or with Electron.

All these plugins are installed and enabled automatically.

If you experience issues when working with the controls, select File | Install Extensions from the TestComplete main menu to check whether the plugins are active. If a plugin is not available, run the TestComplete installation in the Repair mode.

Supported Browser Versions

TestComplete supports testing of Flex applications that are displayed in the following browsers:

  • Microsoft Internet Explorer ver. 11.

  • Microsoft Edge.

    Note: Starting from TestComplete version 14.70, TestComplete does not support recording web tests in the non-Chromium version of Edge.

  • Mozilla Firefox ver. 78 ESR, 83 - 87.

    If you use a later version of Firefox, check whether a patch is available for it.

  • Google Chrome ver. 89.

    If you have a TestComplete version earlier than 12.42, your version of the SmartBear Test Extension will be incompatible with newer versions of the Chrome web browser. To test web applications in Chrome 89, you will have to upgrade your TestComplete to some later version. We recommend using version 14.80.

    If you use a later version of Google Chrome, check whether a patch is available for it.

  • Any web browser based on the Microsoft WebBrowser control.

    Note: The Edge-based WebBrowser control is not supported.

  • Embedded Chromium web browser:

    • In applications built with Chromium Embedded Framework (CEF) version 85.0.4183 and earlier (except CEF3 1750).

      Note: For CEF applications that use WPF controls, only versions 84.0.04147 and earlier are supported.

    • In applications built 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.

      Notes
      • 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.

To display Flex applications, the Flash Player plugin must be installed in the browser. The required Flash Player version is 10.1.102.64 and later.

Supported Controls

Below is the full list of the Flex controls for which TestComplete provides extended support.

Note that TestComplete provides support for the listed controls as well as for their descendants. However, to make this possible, you need to specify the class name of your inherited control in the corresponding group of the project’s Object Mapping options. For more information, see Object Mapping.

Controls Library Classes
Button Adobe Flex ver. 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 4.0, 4.1, 4.5, 4.6;
Apache Flex ver. 4.9 - 4.14
mx.controls::Button
spark.components::Button
CheckBox Adobe Flex ver. 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 4.0, 4.1, 4.5, 4.6;
Apache Flex ver. 4.9 - 4.14
mx.controls::CheckBox
spark.components::CheckBox
ComboBox Adobe Flex ver. 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 4.0, 4.1, 4.5, 4.6;
Apache Flex ver. 4.9 - 4.14
mx.controls::ComboBox
spark.components::ComboBox
DataGrid Adobe Flex ver. 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 4.0, 4.1, 4.5, 4.6;
Apache Flex ver. 4.9 - 4.14
mx.controls::DataGrid
DateChooser Adobe Flex ver. 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 4.0, 4.1, 4.5, 4.6;
Apache Flex ver. 4.9 - 4.14
mx.controls::DateChooser
DateField Adobe Flex ver. 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 4.0, 4.1, 4.5, 4.6;
Apache Flex ver. 4.9 - 4.14
mx.controls::DateField
List Adobe Flex ver. 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 4.0, 4.1, 4.5, 4.6;
Apache Flex ver. 4.9 - 4.14
mx.controls::List
spark.components::List
LinkBar Adobe Flex ver. 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 4.0, 4.1, 4.5, 4.6;
Apache Flex ver. 4.9 - 4.14
mx.controls::LinkBar
NumericStepper Adobe Flex ver. 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 4.0, 4.1, 4.5, 4.6;
Apache Flex ver. 4.9 - 4.14
mx.controls::NumericStepper
PopUpButton Adobe Flex ver. 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 4.0, 4.1, 4.5, 4.6;
Apache Flex ver. 4.9 - 4.14
mx.controls.PopUpButton
RadioButton Adobe Flex ver. 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 4.0, 4.1, 4.5, 4.6;
Apache Flex ver. 4.9 - 4.14
mx.controls::RadioButton
spark.components::RadioButton
Spark DataGrid Adobe Flex ver. 4.5, 4.6
Apache Flex ver. 4.9 - 4.14
spark.components::DataGrid
Spark DropDownList Adobe Flex ver. 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 4.0, 4.1, 4.5, 4.6, 4.6
Apache Flex ver. 4.9 - 4.14
spark.components.DropDownList
Spark Scroller Adobe Flex ver. 4.6
Apache Flex ver. 4.9 - 4.14
spark.components::Scroller
Spark Spinner Adobe Flex ver. 4.6
Apache Flex ver. 4.9 - 4.14
spark.components::Spinner
ScrollBar Adobe Flex ver. 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 4.0, 4.1, 4.5, 4.6;
Apache Flex ver. 4.9 - 4.14
mx.controls::HScrollBar
mx.controls::VScrollBar
Slider Adobe Flex ver. 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 4.0, 4.1, 4.5, 4.6;
Apache Flex ver. 4.9 - 4.14
mx.controls::HSlider
mx.controls::VSlider
TabBar Adobe Flex ver. 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 4.0, 4.1, 4.5, 4.6;
Apache Flex ver. 4.9 - 4.14
mx.controls::TabBar
spark.components::TabBar
Tree Adobe Flex ver. 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 4.0, 4.1, 4.5, 4.6;
Apache Flex ver. 4.9 - 4.14
mx.controls::Tree

Recognizing Custom Controls

To command TestComplete to recognize your custom Flex controls, open your project’s Object Mapping options and add the control’s class name to the corresponding subgroup of the Flex Controls group. The subgroup name corresponds to your custom control’s type. Once the control is mapped, it gets all the properties, methods and actions specific to the Flex control of the corresponding type.

If the specified custom control does not fit the control’s type, then it may not properly respond to commands that TestComplete sends, so recording or playing back user actions over the tested control will cause errors.

See Also

Supported Controls
Testing Flash and Flex Applications

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