[TIP] [Ann] Cobra 3.5 - Windows GUI test automation tool

Nagappan Alagappan nagappan at gmail.com
Wed May 22 15:17:37 PDT 2013


New features:

* ooldtp python client
* Support setting text on combo box
* Added simple command line options
* Support state.editable in hasstate
* Handle valuepattern in click API
* Support ToolBar type on click
* Write to log file if environment variable is set (set
* Support control type Table, DataItem in Tree implementation
* Added scrollbar as supported type

New API:

* MouseMove
* setcellvalue
* guitimeout
* oneup
* onedown
* oneleft
* oneright
* scrollup
* scrolldown
* scrollright
* scrollleft

Bugs fixed:

* Fix to support taskbar with consistent index
* istextstateenabled API
* Fallback to object state enabled if value pattern is not available
* Fix to support InvokePattern on Open button
* Use width, height if provided while capturing screenshot
* Work around for copying text to clip board
* QT 5.0.2 specific changes
* Check errno attribute to support cygwin environment
* Fix keyboard APIs with new supported key controls (+, -, :, ;, ~, `,
arrow up, down, right, left)
* Don't grab focus if type is tab item

Java client:

* Fixed selectRow arguments
* Fixed compilation issues

Python client:

* Fix optional argument issue in doesrowexist

C# client:

* Added new APIs (scrollup, scrolldown, scrollleft, scrollright, oneup,
onedown, oneleft, oneright)

Ruby/Perl client: No changes


Nagappan Alagappan <nagappan at gmail.com>
John Yingjun Li <yjli at vmware.com>
Helen Wu <liyuan.wu at oracle.com>
Eyas Kopty <e.kopty at yahoo.com>
VMware colleagues

Please spread the word and also share your feedback with us (email me:
nagappan at gmail.com).

About LDTP:

Cross Platform GUI test automation tool Linux version is LDTP, Windows
version is Cobra and Mac version is PyATOM.

* Linux version is known to work on GNOME / KDE (QT >= 4.8) / Java Swing /
LibreOffice / Mozilla application on all major Linux distribution
* Windows version is known to work on application written in .NET / C++ /
Java / QT on Windows XP SP3 / Vista SP2 / Windows 7 SP1 / Windows 8.
* Mac version is known to work on OS X Snow Leopard /Lion/Mountain Lion.
Where ever PyATOM runs, LDTP should work on it.

Tests can be written in: Python/Ruby/Perl/Java/C#/Clojure/VB.NET/PowerShell

Download source: https://github.com/ldtp/cobra

Download binary (Windows XP / Vista / Windows 7 / Windows 8):
System requirement: .NET 3.5, refer README.txt after installation

Documentation references:

For detailed information on LDTP framework and latest updates visit

For information on various APIs in LDTP including those added for this
release can be got from http://ldtp.freedesktop.org/user-doc/index.html
Java doc - http://ldtp.freedesktop.org/javadoc/

Report bugs - http://ldtp.freedesktop.org/wiki/Bugs

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Cross platform GUI testing
Linux Desktop (GUI Application) Testing Project -
Cobra - Windows GUI Automation tool - https://github.com/ldtp/cobra
ATOMac - Mac GUI Automation tool - https://github.com/pyatom/pyatom
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