Developer Express RibbonControl Support

Applies to TestComplete 15.64, last modified on June 12, 2024

About Support

TestComplete can recognize Developer Express RibbonControl controls in .NET applications. It provides special properties and methods that let you retrieve the controls data and simulate user actions on the controls (see below).

Tip: While working with RibbonControl, you may have some difficulties when addressing certain ribbon items. To avoid the problem, see Working With XtraBars Controls.

Supported Versions

Supported component versions: Developer Express XtraBars ver. 7.2, 8.2 - 18.1.3, 19.1.3, 20.1.6, 21.1.3.


In order for TestComplete to be able to work with Developer Express RibbonControl controls, the following requirements must be met:

  • You must have an active license for the TestComplete Desktop module.

  • The control’s class name must be specified in the Developer Express Controls | WinForms | RibbonControl group of your project’s Object Mapping options. By default, this group contains the following item:

    • DevExpress.XtraBars.Controls.CustomRibbonControl

    You can also command the test engine to recognize custom controls as Developer Express RibbonControl controls. See below for information about this.

  • Support for the Developer Express RibbonControl controls is implemented by the Developer Express Control Support plugin. This plugin is installed and enabled automatically as part of the TestComplete Desktop module.

    If you experience issues when working with the controls, select File > Install Extensions from the TestComplete main menu and check whether the plugin is active. (You can find the plugin in the Common group.) If the plugin is not available, run the TestComplete installation in the Repair mode.

Recognizing Custom Controls

To command TestComplete to recognize your custom controls as Developer Express RibbonControl controls:

  1. Open your project’s Object Mapping options.

  2. Add the control’s class name to the Developer Express Controls | WinForms | RibbonControl group.

    If you do not know the control’s name, you can ask the control’s developers, or you can view the control’s ClrFullClassName property in the Object Browser panel. As an alternative, you can click Add From Screen and select your custom control on screen. TestComplete will retrieve the control’s class name and add it to the selected mapping group automatically. For detailed information, see Object Mapping.

Once the control is mapped, it gets all the properties, methods and actions specific to the Developer Express RibbonControl control.

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.


When testing Developer Express RibbonControl controls, you can use properties and methods specific to these controls, as well as properties and methods that TestComplete applies to tested objects, onscreen objects and window objects. For the full list of available properties and methods, see the following topics:

See Also

Supported Developer Express Controls
Working With XtraBars Controls

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