Appium 1.9.0

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Appium 1.9.0 is a feature release, comprising multiple updates.


  • Full W3C Specification support.
  • Add full beta of Espresso driver for Android automation (used by specifying automationName capability to be”Espresso”).
  • Add driver for Samsung Tizen devices
  • Add -image find element strategy
  • Fix –async-trace server argument, and rename as –long-stacktrace
  • Sample code has been moved into the main repository to aid in maintenance.
  • Fix status retrieval to speed up performance.


  • Add preliminary support for MacOS Mojave beta.
  • Add face id biometric support.
  • Fix retrieval of device time, and add optional format parameter.
  • Do not crash if there is no idevicesyslog when ending session.
  • Handle frames when page changes in Safari.
  • Add desired capabilities:
    • remoteDebugProxy – port or Unix domain socket on which a proxy for the remote debugger sits.
    • safariGarbageCollect – turn on/off JS garbage collection in Safari.
    • showSafariNetworkLog – print Safari network logs in the Appium server logs.
    • mjpegServerPort – port to which screenshots can be streamed.
  • Fix handling of settings updates, so simulators are not restarted unnecessarily.
  • Allow pulling of folder from real devices.
  • Add mobile: getContexts execute function, to retrieve meta-information (title, url, etc.) about available contexts.
  • Fix certificate retrieval and handling.
  • Fix cookie handling, to allow secure cookies.
  • Fix Safari timeout issues.
  • Add support to retrieve Safari network logs, as safariNetwork log type.


  • Get Chrome version for Webviews in Android 7+, to find correct Chromedriver.
  • Make sure UiAutomator processes are cleaned up during test.
  • Fix handling of autoWebview capability.
  • New desired capabilities:
    • mjpegScreenshotUrl – url to stream screenshots to.
    • chromedriverUseSystemExecutable – boolean flag to use the default Chromedriver installed with Appium, avoiding any attempt to find correct Chromedriver.
    • disableWindowAnimation – disable window animations on device (now available
      on UiAutomator and UiAutomator2).
    • pageLoadStrategy – page load strategy for Chromedriver.
  • Allow test-only APKs to be installed.
  • Fix implicit wait handling for finding elements.
  • Better handle Unicode IME installation.
  • Relax package validation logic.
  • Fix error in UiAutomator searches with nested quotes.
  • Perform accessibility refresh when needed on UiAutomator2.
  • Improve logic for determining if apps need upgrade.
  • Fix screen recording to allow longer recordings, up to 30 minutes.

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