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Why must I use browser.sleep while writing protractor tests

Posted by: admin November 30, 2017 Leave a comment


My first run at E2E tests. I’m trying to digest someone else’s protractor tests.

Problem: There are a lot of browser.driver.sleep and this seems fragile.

Goal: not to use browser.driver.sleep

Question: What is a better approach to browser.driver.sleep? Something less fragile like a promise or something I dont know about lol?

var config = require('../../protractor.conf.js').config;
describe('this Homepage Body Tests', function(){

it("should open find a clinic page", function(){
  // page loads :: want to fix this random wait interval 
  browser.ignoreSynchronization = true;

  var string = 'clinic';
  var main = '.search-large-text';
  var link = element(by.cssContainingText('.submenu li a', string));

  link.click().then(function() {
    // page reloads :: want to fix this random wait interval
    var title = element(by.cssContainingText(main, string));

Since there is an ignoreSynchronization turned on, you cannot use waitForAngular(), which would be a solution in case of an angular-site testing.

A better solution here would be to set a page load timeout:

browser.manage().timeouts().pageLoadTimeout(10000);  // 10 seconds

See also these relevant threads on explicit waits and timeouts: