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Perform HTTP basic authentication in Cucumber (with or without Selenium)

This card describes a Cucumber step that lets you say:

When I perform basic authentication as "username/password" and I visit the admin area

The path component ("… the admin area") is parsed through your path_to helper in features/support/paths.rb.


The step definition is part of Spreewald. The step has been tested with multiple versions of Capybara, Rack::Test and Selenium.

Webrat (legacy)

This is a simpler version of the step above:

When /^I perform HTTP authentication as "([^\"]*)\/([^\"]*)"$/ do |email, password| basic_auth email, password end

By refactoring problematic code and creating automated tests, makandra can vastly improve the maintainability of your Rails application.

Owner of this card:

Henning Koch
Last edit:
over 6 years ago
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