PhantomJS headless testing with Selenium WebDriver and TestingBot

Today we have added PhantomJS to our Linux VMs on our Selenium Grid.
You can now run your WebDriver tests on PhantomJS + Ubuntu.

PhantomJS is a headless WebKit solution which is very fast, it does not suffer from slow browser startup times or other issues you might encounter with browsers.
Together with Ivan De Marino’s GhostDriver, we can now run Selenium WebDriver tests with PhantomJS.

An example of how to run a simple test with Ruby and PhantomJS on our grid:

caps = {
  :browserName => "phantomjs",
  :platform => "LINUX"

urlhub = ""

client =
client.timeout = 120

@webdriver = Selenium::WebDriver.for :remote, :url => urlhub, :desired_capabilities => caps, :http_client => client ""
puts @webdriver.title

The example above will open the homepage of Google, print the title of the homepage and save a screenshot of the page on your harddisk.

As PhantomJS and GhostDriver will be improved and updated in the future, we will keep on updating these on our Linux VMs.

Together with Ubuntu, PhantomJS is very fast:

PhantomJS + GhostDriver Ubuntu on our grid:
real 0m11.395s
user 0m2.588s
sys 0m0.225s

Google Chrome Ubuntu on our grid:
real 0m24.249s
user 0m2.476s
sys 0m0.128s

If you have any questions or suggestions for new features, please let us know.

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