QAF provides command listener support for both Selenium 1 and 2 API.

The general idea is that one or more objects (the listeners) register their interest in being notified of command execution on selenium/webdriver/webelement.

The listener can perform some actions or track details before/after command execution as well as on failure. You can create listener by implementing appropriate listener interface of by extending appropriate adapter class. To register one or more listener you need to set appropriate property.

Listeners API Table

List Interface Adapter Class Property Listener Methods
QAFTestStepListener QAFTestStepAdapter teststep.listeners or qaf.listeners onFailure(StepExecutionTracker)
QAFWebDriverCommandListener QAFWebDriverCommandAdapter wd.command.listeners or qaf.listeners beforeInitialize(Capabilities)
      beforeCommand(QAFExtendedWebDriver, CommandTracker)
      afterCommand(QAFExtendedWebDriver, CommandTracker)
      onFailure(QAFExtendedWebDriver, CommandTracker)
      onInitializationFailure(Capabilities desiredCapabilities, Throwable t)
QAFWebElementCommandListener QAFWebElementCommandAdapter we.command.listeners or qaf.listeners beforeCommand(QAFExtendedWebElement, CommandTracker)
      afterCommand(QAFExtendedWebElement, CommandTracker)
      onFailure(QAFExtendedWebElement, CommandTracker)

There is additional Adapter Class QAFListenerAdapter introduced from 2.1.9 that implements all of the qaf listeners. You can extend it, override required methods and register using qaf.listeners property.

TestStep Listener

In order to create teststep listener, you need to implement listener interface com.qmetry.qaf.automation.step.QAFTestStepListener or extend adapter class QAFTestStepAdapter.

QAFTestStepListener defines following methods:

void beforExecute(StepExecutionTracker stepExecutionTracker);
void afterExecute(StepExecutionTracker stepExecutionTracker);
void onFailure(StepExecutionTracker stepExecutionTracker);

Creating listener

public class ThresholdListener extends QAFTestStepAdapter {
    public void afterExecute(StepExecutionTracker stepExecutionTracker) {
        long duration = (stepExecutionTracker.getEndTime() - stepExecutionTracker.getStartTime()) / 1000;
        if (stepExecutionTracker.getStep().getThreshold() > duration)
            stepExecutionTracker.setVerificationError("Threshold value is exceed");

Registering listener

To register listener set property teststep.listeners.

For example to register above created listener you need to set property as below:


WebDriver Listener

In order to create webdriver command listener, you need to implement listener interface QAFWebDriverCommandListener or extend adapter class QAFWebDriverCommandAdapter.

QAFWebDriverCommandListener defines following methods:

void beforeInitialize(Capabilities)
void beforeCommand(QAFExtendedWebDriver paramQAFExtendedWebDriver, CommandTracker paramCommandTracker);
void afterCommand(QAFExtendedWebDriver paramQAFExtendedWebDriver, CommandTracker paramCommandTracker);
void onFailure(QAFExtendedWebDriver paramQAFExtendedWebDriver, CommandTracker paramCommandTracker);
void onInitialize(QAFExtendedWebDriver driver);

Creating listener

public class WDListener extends QAFWebDriverCommandAdapter {
    Log logger = LogFactory.getLog(getClass());
    public void beforeCommand(QAFExtendedWebDriver driver, CommandTracker commandTracker) {
        super.beforeCommand(driver, commandTracker);
        String command = commandTracker.getCommand();
        Map<String, Object> params = commandTracker.getParameters();
        // support selenium 1 api for navigating from frame to main window
        // with selenium.selectFrame("");
        if (command.equalsIgnoreCase(DriverCommand.SWITCH_TO_FRAME) && StringUtil.isBlank((String) params.get("id"))) {
            String mainWindow = driver.getWindowHandle();
            params.put("id", mainWindow);
            // skip original command execution
            commandTracker.setResponce(new Response());
        if (command.equalsIgnoreCase(DriverCommand.SWITCH_TO_WINDOW)) {
            String targetWindow = String.valueOf(commandTracker.getParameters().get("name"));
            String parentHandle = driver.getWindowHandle();
            if (!targetWindow.equalsIgnoreCase(parentHandle)) {
                // store the parent window handle
                ConfigurationManager.getBundle().setProperty("parentWindowHandel", parentHandle);
    public void onFailure(QAFExtendedWebDriver driver, CommandTracker commandTracker) {
        super.onFailure(driver, commandTracker);
        if (commandTracker.getCommand().equalsIgnoreCase(DriverCommand.SWITCH_TO_WINDOW)
                && commandTracker.hasException()) {
            Set<String> windows = driver.getWindowHandles();
            String parentWindowHandel = ConfigurationManager.getBundle().getString("parentWindowHandel");
            for (String window : windows) {
                if (!parentWindowHandel.equalsIgnoreCase(window)) {
                    // now we can remove the exception, it is handled!

Registering listener

To register listener set property wd.command.listeners. For example to register above created listener you need to set property as below:

wd.command.listeners= com.ispl.automation.sample.webdriver.WDListener

WebElement Listener

A simple but very useful example of listener is “listener for sendkeys”. As you know in webdriver send keys will append the text box, so each time we need to first call clear command and then use send keys command.

Code Without listener:


Code With use of listener:


Creating listener

In order to create webelement command listener, you need to implement listener interface QAFWebElementCommandListener or extend adapter class QAFWebElementCommandAdapter.

QAFWebElementCommandListener defines following methods:

void beforeCommand(QAFExtendedWebElement paramQAFExtendedWebElement, CommandTracker paramCommandTracker);
void afterCommand(QAFExtendedWebElement paramQAFExtendedWebElement, CommandTracker paramCommandTracker);
void onFailure(QAFExtendedWebElement paramQAFExtendedWebElement, CommandTracker paramCommandTracker);

Below example illustrates how we can write a listener that clears element text before sending text.

public class SendKeysListener extends QAFWebElementCommandAdapter {
    public void beforeCommand(QAFExtendedWebElement element, CommandTracker commandTracker) {
        if (commandTracker.getCommand().equalsIgnoreCase(DriverCommand.SEND_KEYS_TO_ELEMENT)) {
            // you access/modify any parameter!
            String value = String.valueOf(commandTracker.getParameters().get("value"));
            if (StringUtil.isBlank(value)) {
                // No need to send key
                // ignore actual command
                commandTracker.setResponce(new Response());

In this example we had extended adapter class for webelement command listener and provided implementation for beforeCommand. Same way you can provide implementation for afterCommandand onFailure method if required. You can see that one can access parameters in listener and also can modify its value if required.

Registering listener

To register listener set property we.command.listeners. For example to register above created listener you need to set property as below:

we.command.listeners= com.ispl.automation.sample.webdriver.SendKeysListener
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