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Cross-browser Testing using BrowserStack SDK Integration

By November 10, 2023Blogs, QA

Title: Cross-browser Testing using BrowserStack SDK Integration

Cross-browser testing is a crucial step in ensuring that your web applications function seamlessly across various web browsers and platforms. To streamline this process and make it more efficient, many developers turn to tools and services that can automate cross-browser testing. One such powerful tool is BrowserStack, a cloud-based platform that provides a wide range of virtual machines and real devices for testing web applications on different browsers and operating systems.

We will explore the BrowserStack SDK integration for cross-browser testing. Integrating BrowserStack SDK into your application allows you to achieve seamless cross-browser testing, ensuring your web applications perform flawlessly across various browsers and platforms. With the BrowserStack SDK, you can automate and streamline your testing processes, delivering a superior user experience.


  • Broad Browser and OS Coverage: BrowserStack offers a vast selection of browsers, versions, and operating systems, allowing you to test your web application on virtually any combination, including mobile devices.
  • Real Device Testing: It provides access to real physical devices, enabling you to perform comprehensive testing on actual smartphones and tablets.
  • Parallel Testing: With the SDK, you can run tests in parallel on multiple browsers and devices simultaneously, significantly reducing testing time.
  • Cross-Platform Compatibility: You can ensure that your web application functions correctly on various platforms, including Windows, macOS, iOS, Android, and more.

            In this article, we will walk you through the steps to successfully integrate the BrowserStack SDK into your project, enabling you to conduct comprehensive browser testing with ease. Let’s get started!


  • A working Test Automation framework (Ex. Cucumber-Java)
  • BrowserStack account with Username and Access Key

Let’s Integrate our framework with BrowserStack!
Step 1: Sign in into your BrowserStack account – BrowserStack Sign-in

Step 2: Select a Software Tool and Language used according to project framework

Step 3: Select the respective IDE and Unit Testing Framework used in a project

  • After Step 2 user will navigate to the Quick Integration Guide page
  • Click on Integrate your test suite.
  • Select the Respective IDE (IntelliJ IDEA) and Unit Testing Framework (Cucumber-TestNG) under Integration Steps section

Step 4: Install BrowserStack Plugin in IntelliJ IDEA

  • File -> Settings
  • Plugin -> Marketplace -> Search BrowserStack -> Install -> Click on Apply -> Click on OK
  • Re-start the IDE

Step 5: Now, Integrate the BrowserStack SDK plugin into the Project.

  1. Right-click on Project Name
    1. Scroll down to the bottom of the context menu.
  2. Click on the BrowserStack Menu
  3. Select any one option from below.
    1. Integrate with Automate SDK” for Web Application Automation
    2. “Integrate with App Automate SDK” for Mobile Application Automation

Step 6: Let’s add some BrowserStack parameters

  • Framework:  Add framework type used in the project Ex. cucumber-testng
  • Project Name: Add the project name
  • Build Name: Add the build name
  • BrowserStack User Name: Add BrowserStack username from BrowserStack account.
  • BrowserStack Access Key: Add BrowserStack access key from BrowserStack account.
  • Click on OK

Step 7: Verify BrowserStack plugin file is added to the project

  • In the project root directory you will see “browserstack.yml” file is added
  • When you open the file you will see the details added in Step 6

Step 8: How to configure browserstack.yml file

  • Select platforms and browsers on which you want to run your tests
  • After selecting all configurations, Copy the given code snippet and replace the contains of the ‘browserstack.yml’ file in the root folder of your project

Step 9: Now, run your tests

  • You can continue running your tests as you have been previously.
  • When you see that your tests are running in your IDE, go to the BrowserStack dashboard.

Step 10: Let’s have a look at BrowserStack Dashboard

  1. You can observe that your tests are executed on various platforms with Duration taken and Status
  2. You can Copy a Public link and share your reports too
  3. You can download your reports in PDF format
  4. You can access the specific details of your individual session in detail by clicking on the Session name

Step 11: Details of Individual Session

  1. You can Play as well as Download the Recording of your test run
  2. You can review the comprehensive execution details under the Test Logs tab
  3. You can Copy a Public link and share your reports too.

4. You can view the specifics of API requests made during test execution by navigating to the Network Logs tab

Step 12: Download and Check Build Report

  • As mentioned in Step 11.1 you can download the report.
  • After downloading, your Build report looks like below
  • Build Report contains
    • Total Sessions
    • No. of Passed and Failed sessions
    • Name and Status of each session with on which platform session is executed
    • Also, there is a link to view report on BrowserStack

Integrating BrowserStack SDK into your cross-browser testing toolkit empowers you to conquer the complexities of web automation. With its extensive browser coverage, automation capabilities, real device testing, and seamless integration, you’re not just ensuring your web applications work everywhere; you’re supercharging your test automation workflow. Embrace the future of web testing with BrowserStack and deliver web experiences that shine on every browser and device, all while saving time, resources, and headaches.

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