Appium Philosophy

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Appium Philosophy

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For you to understand the origin and philosophy, it is very important to understand its purpose. Initially, Appium was designed to meet mobile automation needs, according to a philosophy outlined by the following four tenets –

  1. Firstly, you shouldn’t have to recompile your app or modify it in any way in order to automate it.
  2. Secondly, you shouldn’t be locked into a specific language or framework to write and run your tests.
  3. Next, a mobile automation framework shouldn’t reinvent the wheel when it comes to automation APIs.
  4. Lastly, a mobile automation framework should be open source, in spirit and practice as well as in name!

In short, Appium is an open-source tool for automating native, mobile web, and hybrid applications on iOS mobile, Android mobile, and Windows desktop platforms.

  • First, Native apps are those written using the iOS, Android, or Windows SDKs.
  • Second, Mobile web apps are web apps accessed using a mobile browser (Appium supports Safari on iOS and Chrome or the built-in ‘Browser’ app on Android).
  • Last, Hybrid apps have a wrapper around a “webview” — a native control that enables interaction with web content.

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