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MySQL Installation Instructions


(NOTE: If you're using this test framework from a local development machine and don't plan on writing to a MySQL DB from your local test runs, you can skip this step.)


brew install MySQL

Windows: Download MySQL here

That installs the MySQL library so that you can use database commands in your code. To make that useful, you'll want to have a MySQL DB that you can connect to.

Install the MySQL-Python connector

pip install MySQL-python==1.2.5

Access your MySQL DB

If you want a visual tool to help make your MySQL life easier, try MySQL Workbench.

Prepare your MySQL DB

You can use the testcaserepository.sql file to create the necessary tables for storing test data.

If you were able to successfully install MySQL, you can now install the remaining MySQL requirements:

pip install -r requirements.txt

(NOTE: This install uses Selenium 2.53.6 rather than the usual Selenium 3+ from the standard requirements file due to compatibility issues with running browser tests on headless server machines.)

Configure your MySQL DB for SeleniumBase

You'll want to update your file with your MySQL DB credentials so that tests can write to the database when they run.

Allow tests to write to your MySQL database

Add the --with-db_reporting argument on the command line when you want tests to write to your MySQL database. Example:

nosetests --with-db_reporting

Windows mysql-python troubleshooting:

If you're having trouble with Windows mysql-python installation using pip, you can also try the following steps to install from an alternative source:

  • Download the unofficial .whl format of MySQL-Python and Mysqlclient from here.

  • Open a console and then cd to where you've downloaded the MySQL-Python .whl file.

  • Run the command pip install FILENAME.whl

  • If pip.exe is not recognized, you may find it in the "Scripts" directory from where python has been installed.