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Installing Protractor

To set up protractor, we need to install below three things
1. Node.js
2. Protractor
3. Selenium Webdriver

Step 1: First we have to install NodeJS. Please click here to download node.js

What is Node.js ???
Node.js is an open source, cross-platform runtime environment for server-side and networking applications. Click here for details on Node.JS

nodejs windows installer

Click on Windows Installer ( as im using windows, i have choosen to download windows installer). Once the download has finished. Please double click on exe file and Click on Run button.

It will launch Node.js setup wizard. Click on Next and click ok next button by accepting the terms and conditions and proceed to installation.

nodejs setup wizard

Now to see if the installation is done successfully, you can go and check in system environment variables. The path will be defined automatically.

nodejs system path

You can also check from the command prompt by typing the command 'npm -version' in command prompt which you give you the installed version

nodejs version

Step 2:
Installing protractor can be done in two ways Locally and Globally

We can Install protractor in a specified folder or project directory location. If we install in a project directory, every time we run, we should run from that location only.

To install project directory, navigate to that folder and type the command npm install protractor

To install globally, please go ahead an type the command npm install -g protractor in command prompt.

The above command will install protractor and make it available globally.

protractor installation

If you get any error as "Error: ENOENT, stat 'C:\Users\RT\AppData\Roaming\npm.". Please create a folder named 'npm' which will solve your problem.

And also make sure you navigate to the folder AppData/Roaming/npm and install protractor

Path may look like C:\Users\name\AppData\Roaming\npm

Note: if you are not able to view the AppData folder, request you to view the hidden folders.

Once that is done, confirm by typing 'protractor --version' in the commend prompt which will show you the protractor version that is installed.

protractor installed version

Step 3:
To update the selenium webdriver, please type the command 'webdriver-manager update' in command prompt

protractor webdriver

It will download all webdriver latest version and default chrome driver.

selenium webdrivers

Now installation part is done successfully.

Let us now try to run one basic example using protractor.

Protractor Tutorials: 


Kindly add a step : Please remember to restart the machine after installing Node.js.
My errors got resolved after restart.
Otherwise, really great tutorial. Thanks a lot

Yes. My Errors also got resolved after restart.

I have installed Protractor using above step. But still I am unable to execute the scrip.
It trows exception when I try to access conf file.

Could you please let us know the exception that you are getting.???

throw e;

Error: Spec patterns did not match any files.
at (C:\Users\RK\AppData\Roaming\npm\node_modules\protractor\lib\runner.js:269:11)
at (C:\Users\RK\AppData\Roaming\npm\node_modules\protractor\lib\taskRunner.js:123:19)
at createNextTaskRunner (C:\Users\RK\AppData\Roaming\npm\node_modules\protractor\lib\launcher.js:216:20)
at C:\Users\RK\AppData\Roaming\npm\node_modules\protractor\lib\launcher.js:239:7
at _fulfilled (C:\Users\RK\AppData\Roaming\npm\node_modules\protractor\node_modules\q\q.js:797:54)
at self.promiseDispatch.done (C:\Users\RK\AppData\Roaming\npm\node_modules\protractor\node_modules\q\q.js:826:30)
at Promise.promise.promiseDispatch (C:\Users\RK\AppData\Roaming\npm\node_modules\protractor\node_modules\q\q.js:759:13)
at C:\Users\RK\AppData\Roaming\npm\node_modules\protractor\node_modules\q\q.js:573:44
at flush (C:\Users\RK\AppData\Roaming\npm\node_modules\protractor\node_modules\q\q.js:108:17)
at doNTCallback0 (node.js:430:9)

Where can i write the program using protractor?
Do i need to configure any jar files in selenium webdriver?

Please help me i'm new to this. Thanks in advance.

rutil>if not defined npm_config_node_gyp (node "C:\Program Files\nodejs\node_mod
ules\npm\bin\node-gyp-bin\\..\..\node_modules\node-gyp\bin\node-gyp.js" rebuild
) else (node rebuild )
gyp ERR! configure error
gyp ERR! stack Error: Can't find Python executable "python", you can set the PYT
HON env variable.
gyp ERR! stack at failNoPython (C:\Program Files\nodejs\node_modules\npm\nod
gyp ERR! stack at C:\Program Files\nodejs\node_modules\npm\node_modules\node
gyp ERR! stack at FSReqWrap.oncomplete (fs.js:82:15)
gyp ERR! System Windows_NT 6.1.7601
gyp ERR! command "C:\\Program Files\\nodejs\\node.exe" "C:\\Program Files\\nodej
s\\node_modules\\npm\\node_modules\\node-gyp\\bin\\node-gyp.js" "rebuild"
gyp ERR! cwd C:\Users\U0136365\AppData\Roaming\npm\node_modules\protractor\node_
gyp ERR! node -v v5.3.0
gyp ERR! node-gyp -v v3.0.3
gyp ERR! not ok
npm WARN install:bufferutil@1.2.1 bufferutil@1.2.1 install: `node-gyp rebuild`
npm WARN install:bufferutil@1.2.1 Exit status 1

> utf-8-validate@1.2.1 install C:\Users\U0136365\AppData\Roaming\npm\node_module
> node-gyp rebuild

I am getting python var not defined error; i dont know why it is asking for python!

You can ignore this error. The installation should still be right to start

Giving error please help me

C:\>npm -version

C:\>npm install -g protractor
npm WARN deprecated lodash@2.4.2: lodash@<3.0.0 is no longer maintained. Upgrade to lodash@^4.0.0
C:\Users\acer1\AppData\Roaming\npm\protractor -> C:\Users\acer1\AppData\Roaming\npm\node_modules\protractor\bin\protractor
C:\Users\acer1\AppData\Roaming\npm\webdriver-manager -> C:\Users\acer1\AppData\Roaming\npm\node_modules\protractor\bin\webdriver-manager

> bufferutil@1.2.1 install C:\Users\acer1\AppData\Roaming\npm\node_modules\protractor\node_modules\bufferutil
> node-gyp rebuild

C:\Users\acer1\AppData\Roaming\npm\node_modules\protractor\node_modules\bufferutil>if not defined npm_config_node_gyp (node "C:\Program Files\nodejs\node_modules\npm\bin\node-gyp-bin\\..\..\node_modules\node-gyp\bin\node-gyp.js" rebuild ) else (node rebuild )
gyp ERR! configure error
gyp ERR! stack Error: Can't find Python executable "python", you can set the PYTHON env variable.
gyp ERR! stack at failNoPython (C:\Program Files\nodejs\node_modules\npm\node_modules\node-gyp\lib\configure.js:116:14)
gyp ERR! stack at C:\Program Files\nodejs\node_modules\npm\node_modules\node-gyp\lib\configure.js:71:11
gyp ERR! stack at FSReqWrap.oncomplete (fs.js:82:15)
gyp ERR! System Windows_NT 10.0.10586
gyp ERR! command "C:\\Program Files\\nodejs\\node.exe" "C:\\Program Files\\nodejs\\node_modules\\npm\\node_modules\\node-gyp\\bin\\node-gyp.js" "rebuild"
gyp ERR! cwd C:\Users\acer1\AppData\Roaming\npm\node_modules\protractor\node_modules\bufferutil
gyp ERR! node -v v5.5.0
gyp ERR! node-gyp -v v3.0.3
gyp ERR! not ok
npm WARN install:bufferutil@1.2.1 bufferutil@1.2.1 install: `node-gyp rebuild`
npm WARN install:bufferutil@1.2.1 Exit status 1

> utf-8-validate@1.2.1 install C:\Users\acer1\AppData\Roaming\npm\node_modules\protractor\node_modules\utf-8-validate
> node-gyp rebuild


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