Created: 2014-05-19 09:24
Updated: 2014-05-19 11:11


This short repository contains an example of a WebDriver test that runs in a running instance of Chrome on

The test is in the test folder.

How to run the test locally

To run the test locally follow the following steps:

  1. Clone the repo in some local folder: git clone
  2. Install Composer if needed: curl -sS | php
  3. Install PHP dependencies: composer install
  4. Download ChromeDriver
  5. Run ChromeDriver in the background, the server should start listening on port 9515
  6. Run the test: vendor/bin/phpunit

This should open up a Chrome instance that will load GitHub's home page and assert that the title is the right one.

How to run the test on Codeship

Create a new project associated with your cloned repository.

In Modify your Setup commands, enter:

# Set php version through phpenv. 5.3, 5.4 and 5.5 available
phpenv local 5.4

# Install dependencies through Composer
composer install --prefer-source --no-interaction

# Run ChromeDriver
nohup bash -c "chromedriver 2>&1 &" && sleep 4; cat nohup.out

In Modify yout Test commands, enter:


That's it, Codeship will run the test accordingly.

Additional notes

  • If you prefer to plan another Web browser, you'll have to download and start the standalone WebDriver server instead
  • It would be wise not to hardcode the URL of the ChromeDriver server in each and every test and use a constant instead
  • Similarly, it might be better to keep the webDriver variable around instead of launching Chrome for each and every test
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