Android and Appium: Press Enter on the soft keyboard

Problem: Use Appium and press ‘Enter’ on the soft keyboard. This post continues our series on intermediate level problems when automating mobile application tests using Appium. We thought of sending a KeyEvent to an input (textbox) element using Appium. Superficially this appears to be trivial, but while writing the script, figured out otherwise. To our surprise, it failed. And there […]

What is NAF ?

UIAutomatorViewer is a tool to inspect and identify UI elements in Android apps. However not every UI element you see is accessible to UIAutomatorViewer. Sigh. I know. That sucks. But at the very least, UIAutomatorViewer lets you know which of these elements are not accessible. I was messing around with Appium and DroidFish secretly hoping to write an automated test […]

appWaitActivity: A new session could not be created

While exploring Appium with mobile devices I hit the following error WebDriverException: Message: u’A new session could not be created. (Original error: never started. Current:’ Initially, I had set desired capabilities to: desired_caps[’platformName’] = ‘Android’ desired_caps[’platformVersion’] = ‘4.4’ desired_caps[’deviceName’] = ‘Moto E’ desired_caps[’appPackage’] = ‘’ desired_caps[’appActivity’] = ‘.activity.Main’desired_caps[‘platformName’] = ‘Android’ desired_caps[‘platformVersion’] = ‘4.4’ desired_caps[‘deviceName’] = ‘Moto E’ desired_caps[‘appPackage’] […]