Sauce Labs Introduces Sauce Testrunner Toolkit and Sauce Visual End-to-End Testing
February 17, 2021

Sauce Labs unveiled a series of new developer-centric capabilities designed to help organizations shift left and embrace continuous quality, including support for new JavaScript test automation frameworks and the addition of end-to-end visual testing.

The launch of the Sauce Testrunner Toolkit boosts efforts to shift testing left by supporting a host of developer-preferred test frameworks directly on the Sauce Labs cloud, including Cypress, Playwright, and TestCafe. Additionally, the launch of end-to-end testing as part of the Sauce Visual solution gives developers a more complete view of application quality, allowing them to test for both functional and visual regressions in the same suite.

Coupled with the company’s recent acquisition of API Fortress and planned acquisition of AutonomIQ, these new capabilities further establish the Sauce Labs Continuous Testing Cloud as a comprehensive, cloud-based continuous testing platform with capabilities tailored to meet the specific needs of developers and QA/SDETs alike.

“As developers increasingly take ownership of quality, it’s clear that the days of one-size-fits-all testing strategies and platforms are well behind us,” said Matt Wyman, CPO, Sauce Labs. “Successful testing in the DevOps era is about giving developers the optionality and flexibility to work within the frameworks with which they’re most comfortable, and about giving them the ability to harness and understand the different test signals proliferating throughout the dev cycle. With support for Cypress, Playwright, and TestCafe, as well as the launch of end-to-end visual testing, Sauce Labs makes it significantly easier for organizations to do both.”

As organizations continue to shift toward DevOps-driven, agile development processes, the need to begin testing web and mobile applications earlier in the software development cycle is more acute than ever. Today’s enterprise organization has a broader spectrum of testing needs that includes a wider range of personas expected to test, including and especially developers. As testing continues to shift left and developers bear greater responsibility for quality, the ability to support a broader range of frameworks is critical.

With the Sauce Testrunner Toolkit, developers can now run their Cypress, Playwright, and TestCafe tests directly on the Sauce Labs cloud. This allows them to test earlier in the delivery pipeline using their preferred frameworks and access the full range of browser, OS, and device combinations, as well as advanced debugging, analytics, and collaboration features afforded by the Sauce Labs cloud.

The Sauce Testrunner Toolkit provides a single solution for organizations that prefer newer JavaScript test automation frameworks, augmenting the company’s support for Selenium and Appium. It allows developers to run JavaScript tests at scale leveraging the massive parallelization enabled by the Sauce Labs Continuous Testing Cloud, or to orchestrate tests on their own infrastructure through pre-configured Docker images. Whether testing on-prem or in the Sauce cloud, insights are integrated directly into developer workflows, enabling users to view all test results, artifacts, and metadata in a single place.

Similarly, as developers seek to build customer confidence in the quality of their digital experiences, ensuring that applications look, function, and perform as expected on every browser, OS, and device is more critical than ever. Even when functional and front-end performance tests pass, bugs in the form of visual discrepancies often still make it into production. With end-to-end testing as part of the Sauce Visual solution, developers can integrate fully automated visual testing into their development process to gain a more complete and holistic view of application quality.

With the launch of end-to-end testing as part of the Sauce Visual solution, users can maximize their investment in test automation, reduce the time spent writing tests, and increase overall test coverage by performing both visual and functional testing in the same test run. Key features include:

- Smart hybrid diff. Enables users to go beyond just pixels to compare both screenshots and DOM snapshots to visual changes.

- Baseline branching and merging. Enables developers to save time and optimize their workflows by automatically pulling in the initial baseline and automatically accepting updates when merging to or from the base branch.

- Seamless integration into CI/CD processes. Enables users to achieve continuous visual test automation by integrating Sauce Visual into their existing development process.

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