Extend your end-to-end Cypress tests with visual tests using AI and Applitools

Applitools cloud integration

Applitools - is a 3rd party cloud provider to run end-to-end visual tests. It is taking DOM snapshots and transfer them via SDK to Applitools cloud, them spin up a new browser instance and re-creates taken snapshot in the cloud. AI is used to determine visual differences between screenshots.

Install Eyes-Cypress SDK as dev dependency to your existing project to enable Applitools

yarn -D @applitools/eyes-cypress

Create applitools.config.js config file

// applitools.config.js
module.exports = {
  appName: 'helloapp',
  browser: { width: 1024, height: 768, name: 'chrome' }

Configure custom commands

// cypress/support/index.js
import '@applitools/eyes-cypress/commands'

Configure Eyes-Cypress plugin

// cypress/plugins/index.js

Useful Applitools commands

  • Whenever you use cy.eyesOpen({}) that "opens" connection to the Applitools cloud.

  • Is is recommended to close the connection with cy.eyesClose() each time you use cy.eyesOpen({}).

  • In between open and close you can take screenshots of each page using cy.eyesCheckWindow('screenshot name') command - that will send screenshot to the cloud.

How to get the APPLITOOLS_API_KEY token

Depends on your setup you could have a shared user to generate an Applitools token and run the tests.

  1. Login to GitHub with your user (if you haven't already)
  2. In separate tab navigate to the Applitools
  3. Click 'Sign in' and 'Sign in with GitHub'
  4. Click on user icon in the top right corner
  5. Click on My API Key - that's the APPLITOOLS_API_KEY token

Running e2e locally with Applitools

In order to run e2e tests locally with Applitools integration you'll need to export APPLITOOLS_API_KEY to your bash.

export APPLITOOLS_API_KEY=token_value

Then you can run e2e tests as usually with yarn cypress:run.

How to access Applitools dashboard

  1. Login to GitHub with your user
  2. In separate tab navigate to the Applitools
  3. Click 'Sign in' and 'Sign in with GitHub'
  4. You should be able to see the dashboard

Writing tests or modifying existing to include cloud command

In order to start visual test open connection using cy.eyesOpen({}) command, make snapshots with cy.eyesCheckWindow() and close connection with cy.eyesClose().

describe('Hello world', () => {
  it('works', () => {

    // to establish connection with cloud and start a visual test

    // take snapshot for the main page
    cy.eyesCheckWindow('Main Page')


    // take snapshot of the main page after click
    cy.eyesCheckWindow('Main Page after button click')

    // close connection