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Disable CSS Animations in Poltergeist & Phantomjs. Phantomjs does not like to wait for animations, and you can run in to nasty test flickers because of it. This pattern will disable animations in test env, and not touch any app code.
# env.rb or spec_helper.rb

Capybara.register_driver :poltergeist do |app|
  opts = {
    extensions: ["#{Rails.root}/features/support/phantomjs/disable_animations.js"] # or wherever
  }

  Capybara::Poltergeist::Driver.new(app, opts)
end

Capybara.javascript_driver = :poltergeist
// disable_animations.js
var disableAnimationStyles = '-webkit-transition: none !important;' +
                             '-moz-transition: none !important;' +
                             '-ms-transition: none !important;' +
                             '-o-transition: none !important;' +
                             'transition: none !important;'

window.onload = function() {
  var animationStyles = document.createElement('style');
  animationStyles.type = 'text/css';
  animationStyles.innerHTML = '* {' + disableAnimationStyles + '}';
  document.head.appendChild(animationStyles);
};

workgena commented Oct 3, 2016

Big thanks!
It helped me, but I change only time of animations

var disableAnimationStyles = '-webkit-transition-duration: .0s !important;' +
    '-o-transition-duration: .0s !important;' +
    'transition-duration: .0s !important;';

This approach looked really good, but only almost worked for me!

What I found is that on at least one failing spec, the onload hook was intermittently running after my spec actions had started (i.e. finding and clicking on things). Any good approaches for making certain that this has run before moving forward in the spec?

Consider at least the cases of:

  1. Fresh page load at beginning of spec using page.visit or similar.
  2. Navigation triggered by page action (e.g. clicking a button submits a form and navs to a show page)

Also consider that I'd like to not require developers to special case any code on each example, which would really get complicated around (2).

As a followup, I found that triggering earlier in the loading cycle worked consistently:

document.addEventListener('DOMContentLoaded', function() {
  // code here as in the gist
}

leorush commented May 21, 2017

Hi guys, you might like this approach, by using middleware:
https://gist.github.com/rilian/c259360c3ffa9562b29ec552c6b2b6c6

Helped me a lot

CJBridge's solution worked for us and seemed preferable over the middleware solution.

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