Automation Timeout Practices with Kobiton

Appium automation timeout practices:

Kobiton supports the creation of automated tests using a variety of frameworks, including Appium. There are a few timeout rules that the Kobiton platform follows for Appium automations. The timeout conditions are as follows:

  • On the first request to initialize a session (e.g. "POST /wd/hub/session"), Kobiton will terminate the session if there is no response to the test script after a timeout.
    • If the test session is web testing (i.e. use browser in desired Capabilities), the timeout is 10 minutes.
    • If the test session is app testing (i.e. use app in desired Capabilities), the timeout is 30 minutes.
  • On subsequent requests, Kobiton will terminate the session if there is no response to the test script after 10 minutes.

Kobiton also supports user-specified Appium implicit/explicit wait timeouts in automation scripts. Testers are able to use Appium/Selenium commands to specify (implicit/explicit) wait timeout duration during a running Automation session. When a wait timeout is provided in test script, Kobiton ensures that it matches with a Kobiton-specific value range.

  • The minimum wait timeout is 10 seconds, if given value is lower, Kobiton will use 10 seconds
  • The maximum wait timeout is 30 minutes, if given value is higher, Kobiton will use 30 minutes

For more information about wait timeout, consult the Selenium documentation.


Override HTTP timeout for client libraries

The HTTP library used by various client libraries usually has a timeout of 2 minutes. That is, when the HTTP library is used to send an HTTP request, it will wait for the response in a certain timeout before terminating the request. However, an app _test session (i.e. use _app in desired capabilities) may need more than 2 minutes to initialize because it needs to download and install the app. Therefore, to prevent the client libraries from ending prematurely, users should extend the timeout, which should not exceed 30 minutes (the max timeout used by Kobiton).

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