Test automation based on Ruby stack

Boilerplate can be found at Gitlab

So, first things first, please clone the repository. It includes all required tools, you can start writing tests at once. But, if you’re greedy for details, read on.


I was not a fan of Docker technologies. I guess it’s because all my development was around Ruby language (standard MRI). And I had all versions installed on my computer. But, then my friend asked me to help him with some PHP. After 20 minutes of trying to install the correct version of the language and all libraries, I took Docker and configured everything there. From that point all my projects support Docker.

It’s all for Docker. Ping me if you know how to improve.

Ruby stack. Gems.

It’s time to speak about our ruby business. Here the list of libraries and their assignments:

  1. capybara — what we call «sugar» or DSL over different drivers, like Selenium. Without capybara you can’t write something like visit ‘moduscreate.com’. But, if you wish you can write your own layer; it should be an interesting adventure.
  2. cucumber — all things around BDD, like Gherkin language support e.t.c.
  3. webdrivers — webdrivers gem will download the last version of chrome/firefox/edge driver if a certain version was not defined. In my case it didn’t play well with Alpine. After this article definitely i will sit and find out what’s the problem.
  4. rspec — well known library for every ruby developer. Added to here in order to have these nice readable expectations.
  5. byebug — it’s a debugger. Developing new tests I prefer to run browser in normal mode, stop tests when a certain page is opened and play with elements on the page.
  6. site_prism — library which provides easy integration with the Page Object pattern. Using site_prism makes your tests easy to change, and decouples logic of tests from page

All required configurations for these libraries are in the features/support directory.

Gitlab CI

Next stop is Gitlab CI. Well as i said this boilerplate is quite opinionated. Last 4 years I have landed all my projects on Gitlab. And they were first (compared to Github) with CI/CD system. Even now when we have Github Actions I think Gitlab CI has far more features. But, I understand maybe it’s because Github Actions still is young.

So, as in case with Dockerfile I will explain all lines. Let’s dive in .gitlab-ci.yml.

How can I use Gitlab CI, if I don’t even have a deploy process?  Or you have another repository which is not connected with e2e tests. Here two examples:

  1. If you don’t have a deployment process, you can configure the schedule for your e2e tests repository. For example every 2  hours.
  2. If you have a deployment process. It’s even cooler, you may trigger your e2e tests repository example (read more about multi-project pipelines):

Where are the tests?

So, all preparations are made. Now we can check out some examples in the features directory. There I test moduscreate.com to have some cool vacancies (we always have them). And sometimes there are test automations engineers vacancies.

How to use it?

Please check Readme at corresponding repository. Shortly speaking you can launch tests on Docker or on your host machine. Running tests locally you can view all actions visually in the browser, it helps to debug existing or create new tests.

Last words

I made this article because I use this boilerplate and wanted to share my thoughts. If you are a junior, you may find this template as a good starting point. You may hear “ruby is dead” i’ve been hearing this for the last 4-5 years. It’s not important which language you use, more important how good you are with it. Ok, I don’t know why I’m delaying you. Fork and try it out.

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