June 23rd, 2022 by inflectra
In December of 2020, the Google Chrome browser team made a major announcement - the release of Google Chrome Manifest 3. This new version of Chrome is designed to radically improve the security and safety of web browsing. Specifically:
With the introduction of Manifest V3, we will disallow remotely hosted code. This mechanism is used as an attack vector by bad actors to circumvent Google’s malware detection tools and poses a significant risk to user privacy and security.
However this new manifest version has an unfortunate side effect for the software testing industry, it will prevent the Chrome extensions used by many popular test automation tools such as Rapise, Ranorex, TestComplete, UFT and others from working. Luckily in the case, of Rapise, we have new web browser recording solution ready for you to use in Rapise 7.3. This will be released six months before Google formally switches over to Manifest V3.
Rapise 7.3 includes our new Selenium WebDriver based Recorder and a major upgrade of the Selenium WebDriver downloading and configuration mechanism within Rapise. The recorder has all the features of the old Rapise plugin-based Web recorder and also offers new features for doing multi-tab and multi-window recording. Best of all it no longer requires installing a plugin for either the Chrome or Edge browsers.
In Rapise 7.2 we introduced the automatic downloading of WebDriver executables (chromedriver.exe, geckodriver.exe, etc.). However it required a few configuration steps to set up. Now in Rapise 7.3, driver downloading is completely seamless and performed automatically by Rapise when needed. Rapise automatically detects the correct version of required driver executable both for standalone browsers and embedded ones (e.g. Chrome in Microsoft Teams, Skype, Microsoft Unified Service Desk etc.). Every downloaded driver executable is saved with the version information in its name. Rapise automatically switches executables based on the executed test.
Here is the example of SeleniumDrivers folder on a machine with Rapise:
In addition to supporting Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge without needing the installation of a plugin, the new Selenium recording has the following primary features:
In addition, these new features are good reasons to try out the new recorder and switch from the old one, regardless of the Chrome Manifest V3 update:
The new recorder just like the player of Selenium tests works with separate browser profiles that do not interfere with thebrowser profiles you use for daily work.
If the recorder launches a new browser instance, it prompts the user for the starting URL. The list of recent URLs is preserved.
The new recorder generates: Open, ActivateWindow, CreateTab and Close steps automatically, to handle different tabs and windows:
The new web recorder lets you record a few steps, stop recording and then start another recording session - Rapise will reconnect to the running browser. This new auto reconnect functionality also enables such frequently used RVL features as Play Selection, Play From Here and Play This Sheet.
Once Rapise 7.3 is released, we have the following future plans for Rapise:
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