How Do I Run an Appium App on Android?

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How Do I Run an Appium App on Android?

Running an Appium app on Android is a crucial step in mobile app development and testing. Appium is an open-source tool that allows you to automate mobile app testing on both Android and iOS platforms.

In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process of running an Appium app on Android.


Before getting started, make sure you have the following prerequisites in place:

  • An Android device or emulator.
  • Appium installed on your machine.
  • The APK file of the app you want to run.

Step 1: Launch the Appium Server

To run an Appium app on Android, the first step is to launch the Appium server. The server acts as a bridge between your test code and the mobile device or emulator.

  1. Open a terminal or command prompt.
  2. Navigate to the directory where Appium is installed.
  3. Type the command “appium” and press Enter to start the server.

Once the server is running, it will display logs in the terminal indicating that it is waiting for connections.

Step 2: Set Desired Capabilities

Desired capabilities are a set of key-value pairs that define various aspects of your test environment. In this step, we need to specify the capabilities for our Android device or emulator.

To set desired capabilities:

  1. Create a new Java class or any other programming language you are using for your test.
  2. Import the necessary libraries and classes, including the Appium client library.
  3. Declare a new instance of the DesiredCapabilities class.
  4. Set the desired capabilities for your Android device or emulator. For example:
    • platformName: Android
    • deviceName: Your Android device name or emulator name
    • app: Path to the APK file of your app

Step 3: Create a New Appium Driver

After setting the desired capabilities, we need to create a new instance of the Appium driver. The driver is responsible for establishing a connection between your test code and the mobile device or emulator.

To create a new Appium driver:

  1. Create a new instance of the AppiumDriver class, passing the URL to your Appium server and desired capabilities as parameters.
  2. The driver will establish a connection with the specified device or emulator.

Step 4: Interact with Your App

With the Appium driver set up, you can now interact with your app using various methods provided by the driver. You can perform actions like tapping on elements, entering text, swiping, etc.

To interact with your app:

  1. Use driver methods like “findElement()” to locate elements on your app screen.
  2. You can then perform actions on these elements using methods like “click()“, “sendKeys()“, etc.

Remember to handle any exceptions that may occur during the execution of your test code.

Step 5: Stop the Appium Server

Finally, after you have finished running your app on Android, you should stop the Appium server to free up system resources.

  1. Go back to the terminal or command prompt where the Appium server is running.
  2. Press Ctrl+C or type “Ctrl+C” and Enter to stop the server.

Congratulations! You have successfully learned how to run an Appium app on Android.

With this knowledge, you can now automate your mobile app testing process and ensure the quality of your applications across multiple devices.

Happy testing!