GUI Testing

SUMO's netedit tests use PyAutoGUI.


  • Python (at least 2.7) should be installed
  • Install using your package manager (Linux, macOS) or pip
    • openSUSE 15.0: sudo zypper in python2-PyAutoGUI python2-pyperclip scrot (there are python3 versions too)
    • Windows / ubuntu: follow the docs
  • Running on Linux without visual display will need Xvfb and fluxbox too´
    • openSUSE: sudo zypper in xorg-x11-server fluxbox
    • ubuntu: sudo apt in xvfb fluxbox


  • run $SUMO_HOME/tests/ (Linux) or %SUMO_HOME%\tests\runNeteditTests.bat (Windows)

Setting up a test#

All tests are written in Python hiding the PyAutoGUI functions behind a layer of test functions in tests/netedit/ All of them reside in the relevant test directory in a script that starts always with the same header:

import os
import sys

testRoot = os.path.join(os.environ.get('SUMO_HOME', '.'), 'tests')
neteditTestRoot = os.path.join(os.environ.get('TEXTTEST_HOME', testRoot), 'netedit')
import neteditTestFunctions as netedit

# Open netedit
neteditProcess, match = netedit.setupAndStart(neteditTestRoot, ['--new'])

This code will find the directory with the netedit tests using the TEXTTEST_HOME variable and SUMO_HOME as a fallback. This enables the start of the tests even outside of TextTest by simply running the script. You should not use relative directories here because this makes copying and moving tests harder.