Tester helper

You can view the helper source on GitHub.

The helper uses Selenium, where you can download the standalone server from:


Run server with:

java -jar selenium-server-standalone-*.jar

java -jar /opt/selenium/selenium-server-standalone-2.28.0.jar

You may view the admin panel at:


Session shortcut functions

Open or close a session:


Loading a URL, kind of like the $session->open() method from the WebDriver class, but accepts a url object:


Get the a parameter from the currently loaded url. Useful if you have just created a record on the website, and want to know the new id:

$id = $this->url_param_get('id');

Element shortcut functions

Please note that where these examples use 'id', that is the type of selector, and could also be 'css'.

Shortcut to get an object:

$this->element_get('id', 'item_id');
$this->element_get('id', 'item_id')->click();

$element = $this->element_get('id', 'item_id', array('test' => true));
if ($element) {
} else {
    // Cannot find element.

The text value of an element, for example a span or an input field:

$value = $this->element_text_get('id', 'item_id');

$this->element_text_check('id', 'item_id', 'required value');

The name of an element, for example "input" for an input field:

$value = $this->element_name_get('id', 'item_id');

$this->element_name_check('id', 'item_id', 'required value');

The value of an element, typically this is for a form field, such as an <input> or <select> field:

$value = $this->element_value_get('id', 'item_id');

$this->element_value_check('id', 'item_id', 'required value');

The value of an elements attribute, for example checking a <label>'s @for attribute.

$value = $this->element_attribute_get('id', 'item_id', 'attribute');

$this->element_attribute_check('id', 'item_id', 'attribute', 'required value');

Sending some key strokes (text) to an element (see notes below for select fields):

$this->element_send_keys('id', 'item_id', 'Keys to send');

$this->element_send_keys('id', 'item_id', 'Keys to send', array('clear' => true));

$lorem = $this->element_send_lorem('id', 'item_id'); // A paragraph of lorem, 10 to 50 words

$this->select_value_set('id', 'item_id', $value);

Shortcut to submit a particular form button:


Select fields

With a select field like:

<select name="example" id="fld_example">
    <option value="a">Option A</option>
    <option value="b">Option B</option>
    <option value="c">Option C</option>

You should use something like the following to set the value:

$this->select_value_set('id', 'fld_example', 'b');

It is possible to also use the following to use the options text value:

$this->element_send_keys('id', 'fld_example', 'Option B');

However this second approach does not always work if your using Firefox in the background... and it can be a little hit and miss if the page is slow to load.

Select fields (form helper)

If you are using the form helper, and you notice that your select fields are using an indexed array, such as:

$field_example = new form_field_select($form, 'Example');

<select name="example" id="fld_example">
    <option value="0">Option A</option>
    <option value="1">Option B</option>
    <option value="2">Option C</option>

Change the options_set() method to option_values_set(), and it will change the value attributes to match the text value.

<select name="example" id="fld_example">
    <option value="Option A">Option A</option>
    <option value="Option B">Option B</option>
    <option value="Option C">Option C</option>