What is Electron, and how can you test these desktop apps? Find out here!
One of the neat things about testing is that sometimes it’s a lot more versatile than meets the eye. For example, take Electron apps - these are a particular flavor of packaged apps. There are several different ways to go about testing those, but before we dive into that, let’s look at what Electron is.
Lots of desktop apps use Electron like GitHub Desktop (naturally), Slack, Skype, Visual Studio Code, Discord, WhatsApp Desktop, and more! These apps all look the same no matter which operating system you use them on, and that is one of the reasons companies will choose to use Electron. Plus, the framework is easy to use, so Electron is doubly attractive. On the user side, Electron apps are handy because we know that we can type emojis like 😂 as :joy: in Slack, WhatsApp, and Discord messages, so we don’t have to relearn how to enter emojis for each system.
Ok, now we can loop back to testing software versatility. Because of the extra configurations required for Electron apps, Spectron perhaps isn’t the perfect tool for everyone’s unique situation. Even though Electron apps are desktop applications, Virtuoso can still test them because Electron apps are put together as a website. Other testing software that can test Electron apps often aren’t no-code or can’t handle testing multiple windows open at once.
Because you don’t need to build a different app for each environment with Electron, you can save a pretty chunk of change. The same goes for testing with Virtuoso: write one test and run it over all your environments! Added bonus, no installation or setup is required since it’s all done over the cloud. So, if you’re building an Electron app, why wouldn’t you want to make the testing as easy as possible on yourself? Check out Virtuoso so you can unlock speed and scale by testing your Electron apps with a no-code solution that just works.