A jasmine2 reporter to capture a video screen cast of Protractor specs run with xvfb

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A Jasmine 2 reporter that captures a screencast of Protractor specs running on a headless browser, e.g. under Xvfb. This is especially usefull for debugging you e2e specs on you CI server. The reporter also creates a SRT subtitles file to for the video so you can see which spec you are currently viewing and whether it passed or failed.
npm install --save-dev protractor-video-reporter
You have to start Xvfb before starting Protractor and set the DISPLAY enviroment variable. If you're using Jenkins CI, you can use the Xvfb plugin to easily achive that.
In the protractor configuration file:
var VideoReporter = require('protractor-video-reporter');
onPrepare: function() {
jasmine.getEnv().addReporter(new VideoReporter({
baseDirectory: Path.join(__dirname, 'reports/videos/')
  • baseDirectory (string): The path to the directory where videos are stored. If not existing, it gets created. Required.
  • singleVideo (bool): If true, will create a single video file for all the specs. Defaults to true.
The file will be saved to baseDirectory/ If singleVideo is false, the reporter will create a separate video file for every spec and place it under the baseDirectory. The exact location is determined by singleVideoPath.
  • singleVideoPath: (string, function):
When uuid (default): Each spec video file will be placed at baseDirectory/{some random UUID}.mov. If you prefer this option, you would have to look at the "Spec video is in: ..." messages that are printed to the console. When fullName: Each spec video will be placed at baseDirectory/{spec full name} - {spec status}.mov. The full name of the spec will be sanitized to be a valid file name If you want to determine the full name yourself you can pass a function. The function recieves a single argument, the result object passed to specStarted. For example, you can do:
singleVideoPath: function (result) {
// don't actually do this, you need to make sure fullName is a valid file name
result.fullName + '.mov';
  • createSubtitles (bool): If true and singleVideo is also true, will create a SRT subtitles file with the name details of the currently running spec. Defaults to true.
The file will be saves to baseDirectory/
  • saveSuccessVideos (bool): If true, will save the videos of the succussfull specs, as well as the failed specs. This has no effect if singleVideo is true - we'll always capture all the specs then. Defaults to false.
  • ffmpegCmd (string): The command used to execute ffmpeg, e.g. '/usr/bin/ffmpeg'. Defaults to 'ffmpeg'.
  • ffmpegArgs (array): The argumetns passed to ffmpeg, not including the actual output file which will be appended. Defaults to:
'-r', '30',
'-f', 'x11grab',
'-s', '1024x768',
'-i', process.env.DISPLAY,
'-g', '300',
'-vcodec', 'qtrle',
If you encouter any issues with the reporter, e.g. video files are not created, turn on debugging by settings the DEBUG environment to protractor-video-reporter.