Scheduling tests to monitor websites

If you have access to your crontab you can set a Selenium script to run periodically. If you don’t have cron, you can use a VM (with Vagrant) or Container (with Docker) to get it.

Cron is available on Linux & Unix systems. On Windows, you can use Task Scheduler. On Mac, there is launchd, but it also includes cron (which wraps launchd).

You could also set up a job to run on a schedule using a continuous integration server such as Jenkins. Or write a simple, long running script that runs in the background and sleeps between executions.

I have a service that runs Selenium tests and monitoring for my clients, and use both cron and Jenkins for executing test runs regularly. I also have event-triggered tasks that can be triggered by a checkin or user request.

Each line represents a task with schedule in the following format:

#minute   #hour     #day      #month    #weekday  #command

# perform a task every weekday morning at 7am
*         7         *         *         1-5       wakeup.sh

# perform a task every hour
@hourly python selenium-monitor.py

You can edit crontab to create a task by typing crontab -e

You can view your crontab by typing crontab -l

If you just want to repeat your task within your script while it’s running, you can add a sleep statement and loop (either over an interval or until you kill the script).

#!/usr/bin/env python

from time import sleep
from selenium import webdriver

sites = ['https://google.com', 'https://bing.com', 'https://duck.com']

interval = 60 #seconds
iterations = 10 #times

def poll_site(url):
	driver = webdriver.Chrome()
	driver.get(url)
	title = driver.title
	driver.quit()
	return title

while (iterations > 0):
	for url in sites:
		print(poll_site(url))
	sleep(interval)
	iterations -= 1

See the example code on github:

#!/usr/bin/env python
from time import sleep
from selenium import webdriver
sites = ['https://google.com', 'https://bing.com', 'https://duck.com']
interval = 60 #seconds
iterations = 10 #times
def poll_site(url):
driver = webdriver.Chrome()
driver.get(url)
title = driver.title
driver.quit()
return title
while (iterations > 0):
for url in sites:
print(poll_site(url))
sleep(interval)
iterations -= 1
view raw selenium-monitor.py hosted with ❤ by GitHub

Originally posted on Quora:

https://www.quora.com/How-can-I-schedule-simple-website-test-scripts-Selenium-to-run-regularly-like-Cron-jobs-and-notify-me-if-it-fails-for-free/answer/Aaron-Evans-56