Screenshot testing Android Apps

In this document we'll describe how to integrate Screenshotbot with popular screenshot testing frameworks such Facebook's screenshot-tests-for-android and Cash Apps's Paparazzi.

By using Screenshotbot instead of the in-build record/verify modes provided by these libraries, you'll give your colleages a better developer experience, since they will not be required to manually record screenshots after every run, instead getting notifications on their Pull Requests.

Paparrazi has the advantage of not requiring an emulator to generate screenshots, but this comes with certain limitations of what you can screenshot.

We'll work on this in two steps, first we'll show you how you can generate runs on your local desktop or laptop, and we'll then show you how you'll integrate with your CI.

Initial setup

First, let's install the CLI tools used to interact with Screenshotbot

        curl | sh

You can download the recorder script from here: Download recorder

Or you can also use PowerShell as follows:

          PS C:\> curl -O recorder.exe

Then we need to set up Screenshotbot's API keys. The preferred method is to use environment variables, although you can also pass it as command line arguments.

You can get the API Key and Secret from your dashboard.

        export SCREENSHOTBOT_API_KEY=<api-key>
        export SCREENSHOTBOT_API_SECRET=<api-secret>
        # You might have to restart the shell or you can set `set` instead
        C:\> setx SCREENSHOTBOT_API_KEY <api-key>
        C:\> setx SCREENSHOTBOT_API_SECRET <api-secret>


We'll assume you already have configured screenshot-tests-for-android for your project, and can run recordDebugAndroidTest or similar.

These same instructions should work for Karumi's Shot which uses screenshot-tests-for-android under the hood.

Keep your screenshot output directory in your .gitignore. You'll not be commiting the screenshots to your repository.

At this point you can run your screenshots on your development branch as follows:

    $ ./gradlew :recordDebugAndroidScreenshotTests

If your output directory is ./screenshots/ you can now run the CLI tool to upload all the screenshots.

      $ ~/screenshotbot/recorder --directory ./screenshots
                                 --channel any-arbitrary-name

If you now go to, you’ll be able to view your recent runs. You can select multiple runs and you can compare them. Note that any developer run will not be “promoted”: i.e. we won’t send tasks for changes. We’ll get to how to set up promotions in the section on CircleCI and Jenkins.

Using Firebase for emulators

By default screenshot-tests-for-android does not support Firebase. The screenshotbot CLI can however parse output from Firebase. See here for more detail or feel free to contact us.


Paparazzi is equally simple to integrate with Screenshotbot.

By default, Paparazzi stores screenshots generate to src/test/snapshots/images. Add this directory to your .gitignore, we will not be committing the screenshots to your repository.

Run your Paparazzi tests as follows:

      $ ./gradlew recordPaparazziDemoDebug

This should populate src/test/snapshots/images, so we can now upload it using the Screenshotbot CLI:

      $ ~/screenshotbot/recorder --directory src/test/snapshots/images
                                 --channel any-arbitrary-name

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