Appium Desktop Inspector – Part 1

  • vnull
  • Pub Jan 16, 2023
  • Edited Jan 17, 2023
  • 3 minutes read

Getting Started

Launch Android Studio run Virtual Device Manager

Create Device if one already does not exist.

Choose Hardware

Choose System Android Image Version

Run Pixel 4 API 30 image

Emulator Window

Now we can interact with virtual device

adb devices
List of devices attached
emulator-5554   device

Start Appium Server

Launch Appium Server and keep defaults

Appium Desired Capabilities Screen

Click on Start Inspector Session button (the first button with search icon) from Appium logs screen

A new Appium window will be displayed. Have a look at each of the four tabs in this window. When you select any of these tabs, then only the top section of the window changes. The bottom section, starting at Desired Capabilities stays the same way. We will only cover the Automatic Serve

Provide Desired Capability details for Automatic Server

With Appium Desktop Inspector, need to provide all the Desired Capabilities to launch app test case.

First capability, type deviceName in Name field and My Phone in Value field. JSON Representation block shows the capability have been added.

Click on the + icon, so that a new blank row gets displayed

Add the second capability (udid and the device id)

Device ID can be found with adb devices command example device id emulator-5554

adb devices
List of devices attached
emulator-5554   device

Keep on adding new rows till you add all the capabilities or just use the completed JSON file below.

JSON file to launch Chrome

  "deviceName": "My Phone",
  "udid": "emulator-5554",
  "platformName": "Android",  
  "platformVersion": "11",
  "automationName": "UiAutomator2",
  "appPackage": "",
  "appActivity": "",
  "noReset": true

Change according to the Desired Capabilities….

We can use existing applications or install applications with these capabilities.

Install appliance just remove appPackage and appActivity and replace with "app": "/paht-to-app/app.apk",

To retrive appPackage and appActivity first launch application on device in this case Chrome. Connect to the device with adb shell and run dumpsys window displays.

Android 9 and earlier command dumpsys window windows, but in Android 10 > has been changed to dumpsys window displays
adb shell

dumpsys window displays | grep -E 'mCurrentFocus'
    mCurrentFocus=Window{e262ba6 u0}    

Copy as followed

"appPackage": "",
"appActivity": "",

Start Appium Desktop Inspector

Start Appium Desktop Inspector, click on Start Session button from the Desired Capabilities tab.

Appium window will display the screenshot of Chrome app together with its Object Hierarchy Dump. Allong with Chrome being opened on the device.


We have now successfully opened Appium Desktop Inspector and this is where we will end this post. Next post will cover the mobile inspection, where we will learn about the different ways to identify mobile elements from Appium Desktop Inspector.

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