Selenium/Ruby/Target beta cluster

For this example, we will target English Wikipedia at the Beta Cluster. You will need internet access.

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  • You do not have to install or learn how to use MediaWiki-Vagrant.
  • It will also be reasonably fast.
    • MediaWiki core Selenium test run takes about 3 minutes on my machine.
    • It takes about 6-7 minutes for selenium-Core Jenkins job to run.
  • Debugging failed tests will be easier, since you will see the browser.


  • You will need internet connection while running the tests.
  • The tests will be slower since the target machine is not local.
  • You will have to install Selenium and it's dependencies on your machine.
  • While the tests are running the host machine will be hard to use because Chrome will be opening and closing for every test (but not stealing focus).

Clone MediaWiki coreEdit

There are several ways to clone the MediaWiki core repository (anonymous http, http, ssh). We will use anonymous http since it is the simplest.

$ git clone mediawiki
Cloning into 'core'...
Checking out files: 100% (6426/6426), done.

Go to mediawiki folderEdit

$ cd mediawiki

Install dependenciesEdit

Depending on your operating system, installing dependencies will be different.



Installing Ruby might be easier, or harder.

  • On Linux, please use appropriate package manager.
  • On Windows, please use RubyInstaller.
  • It should already installed on Mac machines.
  • Ruby 2.0 or newer is required.
  • Third-party tools like rbenv or RVM are not required.

After installation, check if everything is all right.

$ ruby -v
ruby 2.3.1p112 (2016-04-26 revision 54768) [x86_64-darwin15]

Install required Ruby packages (gems).

$ gem install bundler --no-rdoc --no-ri
Fetching: bundler-1.13.6.gem (100%)
Successfully installed bundler-1.13.6
1 gem installed
$ bundle install
Use `bundle show [gemname]` to see where a bundled gem is installed.

Create an account at the beta clusterEdit

You can skip this step if you already have an account there. If not, create an account at English Wikipedia at the Beta Cluster.

Run the Selenium testsEdit

Please replace values of MEDIAWIKI_USER and MEDIAWIKI_PASSWORD.

$ MEDIAWIKI_ENVIRONMENT=beta MEDIAWIKI_USER=not-the-real-one MEDIAWIKI_PASSWORD=not-the-real-one bundle exec rake selenium
/usr/local/Cellar/ruby/2.4.0/bin/ruby -S bundle exec cucumber tests/browser --tags @chrome
20 scenarios (20 passed)
103 steps (103 passed)