Porting of the Galen Framework API to Python

pip install galenpy==0.1.7


Galen API Ports

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Galen API Ports is an attempt to port the Galen Framework API to languages other than Javascript and Java, which are the ones officially supported. The project is mean to provide a framework to port the Galen Java API into any of that languages that are supported by Apache Thrift. At the moment, only porting to Python is implemented under the name galenpy (read on).


At my current job, most teams speak Python. Maintaining a Java project was becoming expensive and not a scalable option. This is also true in many other workplaces. I thought providing a solution would help other people like me who want to use the Galen Framework but still would like to stick to their own language.

That was also a lot of learning and fun!

If you are interested to extend the tool into a language that is not supported (Java, JavaScript and Python), shoot me an email to me and we can have a chat on how you can start on it.


Galen API Ports is licensed under the Apache Software License 2.0 provision.

Architecture and implementation details

The porting of the Java API is based on a simple idea. Through an RPC we expose the same functionality as the native API to any other language implementation.

The RPC we use is Apache Thrift. A Thrift Java Server wraps the Galen Java API, while other languages APIs implement Thrift clients. Currently, only a Python client exists, namely the galenpy API. Both server and client currently live in the same project.

API port concept

The services Galen APIs provide can be divided into two sets:

  • Hierarchical reports creation

  • Layout validation based on Galen Spec language

Additionally, the ported API must expose the WebDriver API. The reason is that Galen API needs a reference to the WebDriver instance to perform actions on the page under test. A custom Jsonwire over Thrift implementation allows to expose Remote WebDriver by the client API.

Json over Thrift Remote WebDriver

On the client side, the Jsonwire protocol is implemented inside a customized RemoteConnection which marshalls/unmarshalls Jsonwire commands to and from the Java RemoteWebDriver end via Thrift. When the server receives those commands, it unpackages and executes them through the CommandExecutor of the RemoteWebDriver instance wrapped inside the server.

Server lifecycle

The Thrift server is able to serve clients concurrently. Among the other things, one of the problems that is solved in the porting is making sure that the server is always available when tests are running and it quits when idle. On normal usage of the API, the first time the Galen API is called the server should be started. The server will be running until report is generated. As some test implementations might want to have control of the server lifecycle, an environment variable exists that disable launching of the server by tests:


This assumes, Galen API service should be launched manually with the below command:

    java -jar <path_to_server_jar>/galen-api-server.jar -r <port>


At the moment, you can run your tests only against a Selenium Grid, i.e. no local driver is supported.

Building the tool

Assembly server jar

Thrift language files are not part of the repo. They get generated on build time from galen_api.thrift.

Building and assembling of the Java Server is done automatically by

Configure Java server log

Log configuration file '' inside resource folder contains logging configuration. The file gets copied into Java classpath on assembly step before.

Distributing galenpy

Distribution of galenpy to PyPI is automated via the script. Running the script will package galenpy for distribution into PyPI. Notice the script also distributes a copy of the source along with a Python Wheel. -no-upload

galenpy API


The Python Galen API is made out of three parts. An example of usage is shown below.

Galen Remote WebDriver

    driver = GalenRemoteWebDriver("http://localhost:4444/wd/hub", desired_capabilities=DesiredCapabilities.CHROME)

As explained above the API also expose a version of RemoteWebDriver API.

Check Layout API

    Galen().check_layout(driver, "specs/" + specs, included_tags, excluded_tags)

This part of the API resemble closely the checkLayout() method as it is defined in the Java GalenApi class.

Hierarchical reports fluent API

    TestReport("A galenpy test").add_report_node(info_node("Running layout check for: " + test_name).with_node(warn_node('this is just an example')).with_node(error_node('to demonstrate reporting'))).add_layout_report_node("check " + specs, check_layout_report).finalize()

The example above shows how to build a report in a hierarchical form by adding report nodes in a fluent interface fashion. After chaining the various nodes types such as info, warning or layout report, a call to the method finalize() is done to create a test report that is added to the list of reports.

Generating the report


At the end of the Galen Layout validation, the report is generated in the given folder through the call of another Galen API method.

More examples

A separate project showing the usage of galenpy can be found at galen-sample-py-tests.