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Visual Component Testing Setup and Quickstart

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Follow the steps to integrate Sauce Labs Visual Component Testing with Storybook, a UI component development tool. The integration will run your existing Storybook stories as UI regression test cases in our automated visual testing platform.

  • Get detailed UI test results across your React, Vue, Angular, and HTML components
  • Facilitate accelerate debugging and shorten release cycles

What You'll Need

Integration with Existing Storybook Project

Follow the steps below to add Visual Component Testing functionality to your Storybook project.

Install Screener Package

From your terminal, navigate to your Storybook project directory (e.g., cd my-storybook), then install our screener-storybook package as a dependency in your project:

npm install screener-storybook --save-dev

In your terminal, set your Visual Testing Screener API key as an environment variable to avoid having to enter them with each command and to protect them from exposure in your tests:

export SCREENER_API_KEY="<your Screener API key>"

Add Screener Script

Open your Storybook project's package.json file and add the following npm script to your "scripts": { section:

"test-storybook": "screener-storybook --conf screener.config.js"  

Create Screener Config File

From a text editor or IDE, create a new JavaScript file called screener.config.js and paste in the below code snippet.

module.exports = {
projectRepo: '<your-repo>',
storybookConfigDir: '<directory>',
storybookStaticDir: '<directory>',
apiKey: process.env.SCREENER_API_KEY,
resolution: '<resolution>'
};

Be sure to replace the placeholder values with your own.

projectRepoThe name of your project's repository (e.g., GitHub repos are in the "owner/repository-name" format).
resolutionYour desired browser resolution.
storybookConfigDir or storybookStaticDir

These are your Storybook server options. To determine whether you need storybookConfigDir or storybookStaticDir, go to your project directory and find the start-storybook command, usually a script located in a package.json file.


If the -c or --config-dir option is set, use storybookConfigDir and that value to your code snippet. If the -s or --static-dir option is set, use the storybookStaticDir with its value.

When you're done, save the screener.config.js file to your Storybook project's root folder.

Run Test

Run your test by issuing:

npm run test-storybook

View Results

Go your Visual Testing Dashboard (Sauce Labs > Visual Testing > Log in to Visual) to confirm that your test is running. Instead of sb-6.1-test, you'll see your own Storybook project name.
Visual E2E Quickstart running test

It should take a few minutes to complete.

For each build, you should receive an email summary indicating the pass/fail status, delivered to the address associated with your Sauce Labs account.

Accept Baseline

This first test will be labeled as "failed" because there's no existing baseline to compare it against. To resolve this, review and accept the new states as your baseline.

Quickstart with Sample Storybook Project

Don't have Storybook, but want to try? Follow the steps below to install our sample project and run your first Storybook test with Component Testing.

From your terminal, navigate to your machine's home directory, then run the following commands.

  1. Install Storybook and create project folder called my-storybook:

    npx create-react-app my-storybook
  2. Navigate to Storybook project:

    cd my-storybook
  3. Add Storybook to project folder:

    npx -p @storybook/cli sb init
  4. Launch Storybook project and open localhost:

    npm run storybook

    Once Storybook has been launched, you'll see a response like this in your terminal.
    component testing expected-response

Install Screener Package

  1. Open a new terminal window (separate from the one in the previous step), then navigate to your Storybook project directory:
    cd my-storybook
  2. Install the screener-storybook package as a dependency in your project:
    npm install screener-storybook --save-dev

In your terminal, set your Visual Testing Screener API key as an environment variable to avoid having to enter them with each command and to protect them from exposure in your tests:

export SCREENER_API_KEY="<your Screener API key>"

Add Screener Script

Open your Storybook project's package.json file and add the following npm script to your "scripts": { section:

"test-storybook": "screener-storybook --conf screener.config.js"  

Create Screener Config File

From a text editor or IDE, create a new JavaScript file called screener.config.js, then paste in the below snippet:

module.exports = {
projectRepo: 'sb-6.1-test',
storybookConfigDir: '.storybook',
apiKey: process.env.SCREENER_API_KEY,
resolution: '1024x768'
};

When you're done, save the screener.config.js file to your Storybook project's root folder (my-storybook).

Run Test

Run your test:

npm run test-storybook

View Results

Go your Visual Testing Dashboard (Sauce Labs Visual Testing > Log in to Visual) to confirm that your test is running.

You'll see a new project under the name sb-6.1-test, plus a new branch called default.
Visual E2E Quickstart running test

The test should take a few minutes to complete.

tip
Click Show Logs > View Logs on Sauce Labs to see your test results on Sauce Labs.
Visual E2E Quickstart accept state
Visual E2E Quickstart accept state

For each build, you should receive an email summary indicating the pass/fail status, delivered to the address associated with your Sauce Labs account.

Accept Baseline

This first test will be labeled as "failed" because there's no existing baseline to compare it against. To resolve this, review and accept the new states as your baseline.

Optional Next Steps