CRM UI Testing using Dalek

When it comes to UI testing there are plenty of options available. Some of the popular ones that I have encountered are

  • PhantomJS
  • CasperJS
  • Nightwatch
  • Selenium
  • Visual Studio Coded UI

Each of these frameworks have their own sets of benefits/drawbacks. I have been trying out DalekJS for the past few weeks, and I am really impressed by the ease of setup. For someone who is not really that much of a commandline/config json person, I really like not having to spend hours setting up config files and typing up commands in the shell.


  1. Install node – Head to and install the correct edition of node for your machine
  2. Have a look at DalekJS Getting Started page at This basically involves installing the dalek CLI and dalek driver for Chrome browser. These are the commands you’ll have to type
    1. npm install dalek-cli -g
    2. npm init (This command will create the package.json. Straightforward questions to be answered in a wizard driven setup)
    3. npm install dalekjs –save-dev (This will update the package.json and add dalek as a dev dependency)
    4. npm install dalek-browser-chrome –save-dev (By default dalek uses PhantomJS which is a headless browser. If you want run your tests in Chrome, install this driver)

I ran some tests in PhantomJS and had issues, so I prefer to test this in Chrome.


module.exports = (function () {
    var configJSON = require('./config');                                                                                                              
    try {
        return {
            'Login' : function (test) {
                .type('#cred_userid_inputtext', configJSON.userName)
                .type('#cred_password_inputtext', configJSON.password + '\ue007\ue007')
                .type('#cred_password_inputtext', '\ue007')
            'Contacts' : function (test) {
       + '/main.aspx?etc=2&id='+configJSON.contactid+'&pagetype=entityrecord')
                .toFrame('iframe[title="Content Area"]')
                .execute(function () {
                        this.assert.ok(Xrm.Page.getAttribute('fullname').getValue() === 'Max Power', 'Name is Max Power');
    catch (err) {


{ "baseUrl": "",
"userName": "",
"password": "pass@word1",
"contactid": "{1005D93B-A22E-E511-80E2-C4346BC5B290}"

Here is how the project look in VS Code

Test code in VS Code

I am running the tests in a CRMOnline org, hence I have included Login as a test and the username and password is retrieved from the config.js file. This test is required, as the subsequent tests require the user be logged into CRMOnline. If you are running the OnPrem with integrated authentication, this test is not required.

When it comes to testing the form behaviour, you can approach this two ways: by looking the the DOM elements or using CRM Client API to confirm what should have happened, has happened. For eg. if a field is supposed to be hidden after a picklist option is changed to a certain value, you can either confirm this either by

  1. Accessing the css display property of that field elements in the DOM
  2. Using Xrm.Page.getControl(..).getVisible().

If you are heading the option 2 way, that means that you’ll have to execute a script against that page to validate the test. This is precisely what the execute method does. I like this approach, as I don’t have to fiddle with fieldname_c and fieldname_d divs, access innerText or anything related to the DOM. All the test results are captured as screenshots, so that we can visually confirm the results.

Running the Tests

Inorder to run the tests, you simply type dalek test.js -b chrome, where test.js is the file containing your tests. Executing this command will open the Chrome browser and start executing the tests. If you leave out “-b chrome” part the tests will be run in PhantomJS. I was not able to complete the tests using PhantomJS, as I had some issues with the toFrame part.

Here is how the test result screen looks like.


DalekJS is well documented. You can head over to and have a look at the options available. This is one more tool you at your disposal to test your client side code for CRM.

Webdriver spec is under consideration by W3C. Once this is standardised and implemented by all major browsers, UI Testing should get lot easier. Below are the links you can look into, if you are interested in the WebDriver specs and the implementation status (Thank you @jacobrossi for tweeting this).


EDIT (20/08/15): Updated script to switch to correct IFrame before using Xrm.Page.getAttribute, instead of using hacky frames[0] and frames[1]. I also added additional content about WebDriver spec.



  1. It was very useful.
    But when the test running reaches the lines accessing Xrm.Page it hangs up and does not go step into next lines of code.

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