Zoomba: Windows Desktop: Regular expression on Window name

Window name of the desktop application that I wish to automate, might include the version information which might change quite often.

For example, the window name today is “Sample App - 1.0.0” and it might be changed to “Sample App - 2.3.1”

Is there a way to use regular expression on the window name (like Sample App*) for opening a desktop application?

Hey @viswabharathi,

I answered something similar just a few minutes ago actually haha.

This currently won’t work but seeing as there is some need here I will start looking into it very soon.

I went ahead and put something together quickly. Currently its just in a branch if you could give it a try:

To install simply clone the branch, open a command prompt, navigate to the repository root and run:

pip install .

For the keyword you will now just need to supply your partial window_name (without any extra regex characters) and set ‘exact_match’ to False

Switch Application By Name | http://localhost:4723 | window_name=Sample App | exact_match=False

Let me know if that works for you!

This has since been released: https://github.com/Accruent/robotframework-zoomba/releases/tag/2.5.7

Hi Wolfe1,

Thanks for the response. It doesn’t seem to be working. I have upgraded the Zoomba library.

Name: robotframework-zoomba
Version: 2.5.7
Summary: Robot Framework mini-framework.
Home-page: https://github.com/Accruent/zoomba
Author: None
Author-email: None
License: GPL-3.0
Location: c:\users\administrator\appdata\local\programs\python\python38-32\lib\site-packages
Requires: requests, robotframework-seleniumlibrary, robotframework-sudslibrary-aljcalandra, msedge-selenium-tools, python-dateutil, robotframework-appiumlibrary, psutil, robotframework-requests, selenium, robotframework

I have the following line in my code:

Open Application ${winAppDriverUrl} app=C:/Windows/System32/notepad.exe window_name=Notepad exact_match=False

Notepad got opened but it was not attached.

Got the following error:
Error finding window "Notepad" in the desktop session. Is it a top level window handle?

@viswabharathi Taking a look now, will get back to you soon.

This should be addressed now in the latest release: https://github.com/Accruent/robotframework-zoomba/releases/tag/2.6.0

Let me know if that works

Unfortunately, it doesn’t work still after update. It is the same result as before.

I found the following in the WinAppDriver console:

POST /session/B7CFCC8B-FC93-45BD-A924-66BD6DE90051/element HTTP/1.1
Accept: application/json
Accept-Encoding: identity
Connection: keep-alive
Content-Length: 122
Content-Type: application/json;charset=UTF-8
User-Agent: appium/python 1.0.2 (selenium/3.141.0 (python windows))

{"using": "xpath", "value": "//Window[contains(@Name, \"Notepad\")]", "sessionId": "B7CFCC8B-FC93-45BD-A924-66BD6DE90051"}
HTTP/1.1 404 Not Found
Content-Length: 139
Content-Type: application/json

{"status":7,"value":{"error":"no such element","message":"An element could not be located on the page using the given search parameters."}}

Please see if it helps.

Python version: 3.8.0
WinAppDriver version: 1.1

Hmmm, could you update to the latest version of winappdriver and try?

Version 1.2.1 was released last week:

@viswabharathi This is what I get using Zoomba 2.6.0 and Winappdriver 1.2.1:

Test file: scratch_17.robot (740 Bytes)

Results: https://i.imgur.com/REHc9dj.gif

@Wolfe1, Thanks for the support. It worked with the WinAppDriver 1.2.1.

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@viswabharathi Excellent! Please raise an issue on github if you run into any other issues or have enhancement requests in the future!

Good information thanks for sharing
VMware Engineer