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Robotframework-Zoomba is a collection of libraries spanning GUI, REST API, SOAP API, Mobile, and Windows Desktop (WinAppDriver) automation using Robot Framework. These libraries are extensions of existing libraries SeleniumLibrary, Requests, SudsLibrary, and AppiumLibrary.

Zoomba adds a significant amount of data validation support for REST and SOAP APIs, extends functionality for typical Web GUI automation, and extends AppiumLibrary functionality to support Windows desktop automation.

As a team beginning the journey of automation with Robot Framework - we found that there was some time spent ramping up our libraries and Robotframework-Zoomba aims to make that process easier for new projects.

See the Keyword Documentation for the API, SOAP, GUI, Mobile, or Desktop library for more specific information about the functionality.

Example tests can be found in the samples directory.

Some Features of the Library

GUI Library:

When working with web pages of varying load times you probably find yourself running a lot of calls like so:

Wait Until Page Contains Element      locator
Click Element                         locator

For ease of use we have combined a lot of these into simple one line keywords:

Wait For And Click Element      locator
Wait For And Click Text         text
Wait For And Select From List   list_locator    target_locator

Another keyword that is particularly useful is for when you are waiting for javascript to complete on a page before proceeding:

Wait For And Click Element       locator that leads to a new page with javascript     
Wait Until Javascript Is Complete
Wait For And Click Element       locator

API Library:

This library wraps the requests library so we have created a set of keywords to easily allow users to make requests in a single keyword:

Call Get Request       ${headers_dictionary}    endpoint    query_string
Call Post Request      ${headers_dictionary}    endpoint    query_string     ${data_payload}

After receiving your data we made it incredibly easy to validate it. Validate Response Contains Expected Response takes your received request and compares it to your expected data. If there are any errors found it will report line by line what they are.

Validate Response Contains Expected Response    ${json_actual_response}      ${json_expected_response}

If there is any mismatched data it will look something like this:

Key(s) Did Not Match:
Key: pear
Expected: fish
Actual: bird
Full List Breakdown:
Expected: [{'apple': 'cat', 'banana': 'dog', 'pear': 'fish'}, {'apple': 'cat', 'banana': 'mice', 'pear': 'bird'}, {'apple': 'dog', 'banana': 'mice', 'pear': 'cat'}]
Actual: [{'apple': 'cat', 'banana': 'dog', 'pear': 'bird'}]

Please see differing value(s)

If you wanted to ignore a key such as the 'update_date' you would simply set the 'ignored_keys' variable to that key or a list of keys:

Validate Response Contains Expected Response    ${json_actual_response}      ${json_expected_response}      ignored_keys=update_date
Validate Response Contains Expected Response    ${json_actual_response}      ${json_expected_response}      ignored_keys=${list_of_keys}

Mobile Library:

Extending the AppiumLibrary we again add some quality of life 'Wait For And' type keywords:

Wait For And Click Element      locator
Wait For And Click Text         text
Wait Until Element Contains     locator     text

There are of course additional features that have yet to be implemented in AppiumLibrary:

Drag and Drop      source_locator     target_locator
Drag And Drop By Offset     locator    x_offset     y_offset
Scroll Down To Text       text
Scroll Up To Text         text

Desktop Library:

Also extends AppiumLibrary to tailor it Windows desktop automation. This includes enhancements to base keywords such as Open Application or Click Element to perform better for windows. Other notable additions include:

Start and Stop the WinAppDriver as needed (best used for suite setup/teardown):

Driver Setup
Driver Teardown

Easily switching to new windows or the desktop session:

Switch Application      Desktop
Switch Application By Name     remote_url    new_window_name

A variety of keywords for controlling the mouse:

Mouse Over Element     locator
Mouse Over and Click Element    locator
Mouse over and Context Click Element    locator
Mouse Over By Offset     x_offset    y_offset

Keywords for dragging and dropping:

Drag and Drop      source_locator     target_locator
Drag And Drop By Offset     locator    x_offset     y_offset

The ability to send key commands to the application:

Send Keys     \\ue00      p     \\ue00
Send Keys To Element    locator     a     b     c

Selecting an element from a combobox or a menu:

Select Element From ComboBox     combobox_locator      element_locator
Select Elements From Menu     locator_1    locator_2   locator_n
Select Elements From Context Menu     locator_1    locator_2   locator_n

Selecting an element by an image file (Appium v1.18.0 and higher only):

Wait For And Click Element     image=file.png

For WebView2 applications we can now control both the application view and the Edge browser view:


An example of this can be found in the samples directory.

Getting Started

The Zoomba library is easily installed using the file in the home directory. Simply run the following command to install Zoomba and it's dependencies:

pip install robotframework-zoomba

If you decide to pull the repo locally to make contributions or just want to play around with the code you can install Zoomba by running the following from the root directory:

pip install .

To access the keywords in the library simply add the following to your robot file settings (depending on what you need):

*** Settings ***
Library    Zoomba.APILibrary
Library    Zoomba.GUILibrary
Library    Zoomba.SOAPLibrary
Library    Zoomba.MobileLibrary
Library    Zoomba.DesktopLibrary

If you are using Microsoft Edge (Chromium version) you will need the following plugin and option set:

Library    Zoomba.GUILibrary     plugins=Zoomba.Helpers.EdgePlugin

Open Browser    browser=Edge     options=use_chromium=True

Additional Setup Information

If you plan to run Mobile automation you will need to have a running appium server. To do so first have Node installed and then run the following:

npm install -g appium

To use the image locator strategy you will need to install opencv4nodejs via the following command:

npm install -g opencv4nodejs

Alternatively Appium Desktop can be used.

For Windows automation we suggest installing and using the WinAppDriver without Appium as it seems to be a bit faster and more stable.

Make sure to enable developer mode on your system to allow the WinAppDriver to work.


Example tests can be found in the samples directory.

The test directory may also contain tests but be aware that these are used for testing releases and may not be as straight forward to use as the ones in the samples directory.


To make contributions please refer to the CONTRIBUTING guidelines.

See the .githooks directory for scripts to help in development.


General Robot Framework questions should be directed to the community forum.

For questions and issues specific to Zoomba please create an issue here on Github.