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last updated: 2016-10

Section Overview

The documents in this section discuss various task for writing and running Xamarin.UITests.


Backdoors are methods that can be invoked during a test run to perform some special action to configure or set up testing state on a device. For example, a backdoor may be used to seed a database with some test data so that all of the tests in a given fixture have the same data.

Categorizing Tests

This guide discusses how to categorize your test, allowing you to run a subset of your entire test suite.


Simulate gestures such as taps and swipes in your UITests.

Migrating Solutions

This guide will discuss how to migrate your old UITest solutions to take advantage of the IDE integration provided by Visual Studio for Mac and Visual Studio.


Discusses how to use the REPL to help create UITests.

Running Tests in the IDE

This guide explains how to run UITests in the IDE and see the test results

Selecting an iOS Simulator for Local Tests

This guide describes how to specify what iOS simulator to run your local UITests on.

Submitting UITests to Xamarin Test Cloud

This guide will discuss how to use Visual Studio for Mac or Visual Studio to submit your UiTests to Xamarin Test Cloud.

Submitting UITests at the Command Line

This guide describes how to submit your UITests to Xamarin Test Cloud at the command line.

Testing on Local Devices

This guide will discuss how to run your Calabash tests on devices connected to your computer.

Text Entry

This guide discusses how to enter text into views and how to clear text from views.

Timeouts & Waiting

This guide will discuss how to use timeouts and waits in UITest.

Web Views

Describes how to use the UITest APIs to interact with web views in a mobile app.

Xamarin Workbook

If it's not already installed, install the Xamarin Workbooks app first. The workbook file should download automatically, but if it doesn't, just click to start the workbook download manually.