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Integrating Percy with your Java Selenium setup

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Visual regression testing for Selenium Java tests with Percy.



Make sure you have completed Setup of your CI service first. You can also test Percy in your local development environment.

Add percy-java-selenium to your project dependencies. If you're using Maven:


If you're using a different build system, see https://search.maven.org/artifact/io.percy/percy-java-selenium for details for your specific system.


Make sure to use at least version 0.0.3 of the SDK. (Previous versions were compiled with Java 11.)

Install the Percy agent, which will upload snapshots on your behalf. It is available as a Node module, and you can install it using npm.

To install locally for your project:


If your project does not already have a package.json file in the root directory, run npm init and follow the prompts. Without a package.json present in the project, the next install step will fail.

$ npm install --save-dev @percy/agent

This will install the percy agent executable in a node_modules/ folder inside the current working directory. You can access the agent's executable at ./node_modules/.bin/percy.

Quick Setup

These are the minimal steps required to add visual testing to your existing Selenium code:

  1. Import the Percy selenium library into your file: import io.percy.selenium.Percy
  2. Create a new Percy object, with a WebDriver instance as a parameter: Percy percy = new Percy(webDriver);
  3. Call percy.snapshot(SNAPSHOT_NAME) wherever you want to save a snapshot.
  4. Wrap your run command in percy exec --, e.g. ./node_modules/.bin/percy exec -- mvn test.

Next, we will go through each of these steps in detail.


In order to start creating snapshots from your Java Selenium scripts or tests, you'll need to import the io.percy.selenium.Percy function from the percy-java-selenium library. You will need to do this in each file from which you want to take snapshots:

import io.percy.selenium.Percy;

After you instantiate a Selenium WebDriver, create a new Percy instance:

Percy percy = new Percy(driver);

Use percy.snapshot(...) to generate a snapshot:

public void loadsHomePage() {

    // Take a Percy snapshot.
    percy.snapshot("Home Page");

Finally, wrap your program or test runner command in the percy exec command. This will start a Percy agent to receive snapshots from your tests and upload them to your Percy dashboard. For example, if you are using Maven to run your tests, your new test command becomes:

./node_modules/.bin/percy exec -- mvn test

Note the double dash, --, between percy exec and your test run command.

That's it! Now, whenever CI runs, a snapshot of the app in that state will be uploaded to Percy for visual regression testing!

For an example showing how to add Percy snapshots to an existing Selenium Java test suite, see https://github.com/percy/example-percy-java-selenium/pull/3.


Percy constructor:

new Percy(driver)

driver is an object that implements the org.openqa.selenium.WebDriver interface.

Percy snapshot methods:

void snapshot(String name)
void snapshot(String name, @Nullable List<Integer> widths)
void snapshot(String name, @Nullable List<Integer> widths, @Nullable Integer minHeight)

snapshotName is a String that will be used as the snapshot name. It can be any string that makes sense to you to identify the page state. It should be unique and remain the same across builds.

widths is a List<Integer> representing the browser widths at which you want to take snapshots.

minHeight is an Integer specifying the minimum height of the resulting snapshot, in pixels. Defaults to 1024px.


WebDriver driver = new ChromeDriver();
Percy percy = new Percy(driver);
// ... use driver to navigate to the app and interact with it ..

percy.snapshot("Home page");
percy.snapshot("Home page responsive", Arrays.asList(768, 992, 1200));
percy.snapshot("Home page tall", Arrays.asList(768, 992, 1200), 2000);

Global Configuration

You can also configure Percy to use the same options over all snapshots. To see supported configuration including widths read our Configuration doc.


  1. Fork it ( https://github.com/percy/percy-java-selenium/fork )
  2. Create your feature branch (git checkout -b my-new-feature)
  3. Commit your changes (git commit -am 'Add some feature')
  4. Push to the branch (git push origin my-new-feature)
  5. Create a new pull request

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