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README.md

grunt-screenshot-diff

Compare images taken in different test runs and highlight differences

A grunt plugin that wraps automated-screenshot-diff to automate screenshot comparisons.

Getting Started

This plugin requires Grunt ~0.4.1

If you haven't used Grunt before, be sure to check out the Getting Started guide, as it explains how to create a Gruntfile as well as install and use Grunt plugins. Once you're familiar with that process, you may install this plugin with this command:

npm install grunt-screenshot-diff --save-dev

Once the plugin has been installed, it may be enabled inside your Gruntfile with this line of JavaScript:

grunt.loadNpmTasks('grunt-screenshot-diff');

The "screenshot_diff" task

Overview

In your project's Gruntfile, add a section named screenshot_diff to the data object passed into grunt.initConfig().

grunt.initConfig({
  screenshot_diff: {
    options: {
      // Task-specific options go here.
    },
    your_target: {
      // Target-specific file lists and/or options go here.
    },
  },
})

This task is a multi task, meaning that grunt will automatically iterate over all exec targets if a target is not specified.

Directories to run screenshot comparisons in are specified in the files section of the task configuration, however only src files are used. The most common configuration would be to specify files as an array of paths in which to compare screenshots.

Options

options['previous-release']

Type: String Default value: 'v1'

A string used to identify screenshots associated with a previous version to use in the comparison.

options.['current-release']

Type: String Default value: 'v2'

A string used to identify screenshots associated with the current version to use in the comparison.

options.['ignore-not-changed']

Type: String Default value: false

A boolean used to control whether not changed scenarios are saved in the generated difference report.

options.outputFormat

Type: String Default value: 'html'

One of 'html' or 'json', controls the format of the generated difference report

Usage Examples

Default Options

In this example, we compare screenshots using the default options which generate a difference report between files tagged with v1 and v2 in the screenshots folder.

grunt.initConfig({
  screenshot_diff: {
    options: {
    },
    files: ['screenshots'],
  },
})

Custom Options

In this example, custom options are used change the tags used to identify the versions, change the output format to json and include unchanged files in the resulting report.

grunt.initConfig({
  screenshot_diff: {
    options: {
      'previous-release': 'prev',
      'current-release': 'curr',
      'ignore-not-changed': true,
      outputFormat: 'json'
    },
    files: ['screenshots'],
  },
})

Contributing

In lieu of a formal styleguide, take care to maintain the existing coding style. Add unit tests for any new or changed functionality. Lint and test your code using Grunt.

TODO

  • there is no handling of incorrect path specifications, for instance if the files configuration points to a file instead of a path.
  • there is no handling of various erroneous configurations that could be set
  • there is no testing of multiple task configurations or multiple source files
  • there are no tests to handle various error conditions

Release History

  • 0.1.0 - initial release
  • 0.1.1 - remove extraneous logging, fixate path to automated_screenshot_diff so task works in other projects.