Cuprite - Headless Chrome driver for Capybara

Cuprite is a pure Ruby driver (read as no Selenium/WebDriver/ChromeDriver dependency) for Capybara. It allows you to run Capybara tests on a headless Chrome or Chromium. Under the hood it uses Ferrum which is high-level API to the browser by CDP protocol.


Add this to your Gemfile and run bundle install.

group :test do
  gem "cuprite"

In your test setup add:

require "capybara/cuprite"
Capybara.javascript_driver = :cuprite
Capybara.register_driver(:cuprite) do |app|, window_size: [1200, 800])

if you use Docker don't forget to pass no-sandbox option:, browser_options: { 'no-sandbox': nil })

Since Cuprite uses Ferrum there are many useful methods you can call even using this driver:

browser = page.driver.browser
browser.mouse.move(x: 123, y: 456).down.up

For Selenium you better check your code for manage calls because it works differently in Cuprite, see the documentation below.


See the full list of options for Ferrum.

You can pass options with the following code in your test setup:

Capybara.register_driver(:cuprite) do |app|, options)

Cuprite-specific options are:

  • options Hash
    • :url_blacklist (Array) - array of regexes to match against requested URLs
    • :url_whitelist (Array) - array of regexes to match against requested URLs


If you pass inspector option, remote debugging will be enabled if you run tests with INSPECTOR=true. Then you can put page.driver.debug or page.driver.debug(binding) in your test to pause it. This will launch the browser where you can inspect the content.

Capybara.register_driver :cuprite do |app|, inspector: ENV['INSPECTOR'])

then somewhere in the test:

it "does something useful" do
  visit root_path

  fill_in "field", with: "value"

  expect(page).to have_content("value")

In the middle of the execution Chrome will open a new tab where you can inspect the content and also if you passed binding an irb or pry console will be opened where you can further experiment with the test.


  •, y) Click a very specific area of the screen.
  • page.driver.scroll_to(left, top) Scroll to a given position.
  • element.send_keys(*keys) Send keys to a given node.

Request headers

Manipulate HTTP request headers like a boss:

page.driver.headers # => {}
page.driver.headers = { "User-Agent" => "Cuprite" }
page.driver.add_headers("Referer" => "")
page.driver.headers # => { "User-Agent" => "Cuprite", "Referer" => "" }

Notice that headers= will overwrite already set headers. You should use add_headers if you want to add a few more. These headers will apply to all subsequent HTTP requests (including requests for assets, AJAX, etc). They will be automatically cleared at the end of the test.

Network traffic

  • page.driver.network_traffic Inspect network traffic (loaded resources) on the current page. This returns an array of request objects.
page.driver.network_traffic # => [Request, ...]
request = page.driver.network_traffic.first
  • page.driver.wait_for_network_idle Natively waits for network idle and if there are no active connections returns or raises TimeoutError error. Accepts the same options as wait_for_idle

Please note that network traffic is not cleared when you visit new page. You can manually clear the network traffic by calling page.driver.clear_network_traffic or page.driver.reset

  • page.driver.wait_for_reload unlike wait_for_network_idle will wait until the whole page is reloaded or raise a timeout error. It's useful when you know that for example after clicking autocomplete suggestion you expect page to be reloaded, you have a few choices - put sleep or wait for network idle, but both are bad. Sleep makes you wait longer or less than needed, network idle can return earlier even before the whole page is started to reload. Here's the rescue.

Manipulating cookies

The following methods are used to inspect and manipulate cookies:

  • page.driver.cookies - a hash of cookies accessible to the current page. The keys are cookie names. The values are Cookie objects, with the following methods: name, value, domain, path, size, secure?, httponly?, session?, expires.
  • page.driver.set_cookie(name, value, options = {}) - set a cookie. The options hash can take the following keys: :domain, :path, :secure, :httponly, :expires. :expires should be a Time object.
  • page.driver.remove_cookie(name) - remove a cookie
  • page.driver.clear_cookies - clear all cookies


Besides capybara screenshot method you can get image as Base64:

  • page.driver.render_base64(format, options)


  • page.driver.basic_authorize(user, password)


  • page.driver.set_proxy(ip, port, type, user, password)

URL Blacklisting & Whitelisting

Cuprite supports URL blacklisting, which allows you to prevent scripts from running on designated domains:

page.driver.browser.url_blacklist = %r{}

and also URL whitelisting, which allows scripts to only run on designated domains:

page.driver.browser.url_whitelist = %r{}

If you are experiencing slower run times, consider creating a URL whitelist of domains that are essential or a blacklist of domains that are not essential, such as ad networks or analytics, to your testing environment.


The gem is available as open source under the terms of the MIT License.