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protractor-image-comparison is a lightweight protractor plugin for browsers / mobile browsers / hybrid apps to do image comparison on screens or elements.

You can:

  • save or compare screens / elements against a baseline
  • save or compare a fullpage screenshot against a baseline (desktop AND mobile are now supported)
  • automatically create a baseline when no baseline is there
  • disable css animations by default
  • ignore anti-aliasing differences
  • compare images by ignoring their colors (do a grayscale comparison)
  • blockout custom regions during comparison (all)
  • ignore regions by making them transparent in the base image (all) thanks to tharders
  • parameter to hide / show scrollbars pnad
  • increase the element dimenisions screenshots (all)
  • provide custom iOS and Android offsets for status-/address-/toolbar (mobile only)
  • automatically exclude a statusbar during screencomparison (mobile only)
  • taking a screenshot directly from canvas, tnx to tuomas2, see here. !!This isn't supported in IE11 and Safari 9!!
  • use a tolerance property called saveAboveTolerance that prevents saving result image to diff folder, tnx to IgorSasovets**
  • NEW, more accurate comparison with 2 new methods called ignoreLess and ignoreNothing. These 2 methods compare with different red, green, blue, alpha, minBrightness and maxBrightness
  • NEW, more accurate percentage. In previous releases the mismatch was with max with 2 digits. With rawMisMatchPercentage:true, you can have a result like 0.69803221

Comparison is based on ResembleJS. If you want to compare images online you can check the online tool


Install this module locally with the following command:

npm install protractor-image-comparison

Save to dependencies or dev-dependencies:

npm install --save protractor-image-comparison
npm install --save-dev protractor-image-comparison


protractor-image-comparison can be used for:

  • desktop browsers (Chrome / Firefox / Safari / Internet Explorer 11 / Microsoft Edge)
  • mobile / tablet browsers (Chrome / Safari on emulators / real devices) via Appium
  • Hybrid apps via Appium

For more information about mobile testing see the Appium documentation.

Load from the configuration file of protractor

You can load protractor-image-comparison form the config like below

exports.config = {
   // your config here ...
    onPrepare: function() {
        const protractorImageComparison = require('protractor-image-comparison');
        browser.protractorImageComparison = new protractorImageComparison(
                baselineFolder: 'path/to/baseline/',
                screenshotPath: 'path/to/save/actual/screenshots/'

The full list of options can be found here

NOTE: You don't need to run AND saveElement|saveScreen|saveFullPageScreens if you want to run checkElement|checkScreen|checkFullPageScreen

If you run for the first time without having a baseline the check-methods will reject the promise with the following warning:

`Image not found, saving current image as new baseline.`

This means that the current screenshot is saved in the actual folder and you manually need to copy it to your baseline. If you instantiate protractor-image-comparsion with autoSaveBaseline: true, see docs, the image will automatically be saved into the baselinefolder.

protractor-image-comparison provides:

  • two comparison methods checkScreen and checkElement.
  • two helper methods saveScreen and saveElement for saving images.
  • NEW a helper saveFullPageScreens and a comparison method checkFullPageScreen for saving and comparing a fullpage screenshot.

The comparison methods return a result in percentages like 0 or 3.94, or when rawMisMatchPercentage:true it can return a percentage like 0.00244322 .

protractor-image-comparison can work with Jasmine, Mocha and Cucumber.js. See Examples for or a Jasmine implementation.

More information about the methods can be found here.


To see example of the output please check here






Width and height cannot be negative

It could be that the error Width and height cannot be negative is thrown. 9 out of 10 times this is related to creating an image of an element that is not in the view. Please be sure you always make sure the element in is in the view before you try to make an image of the element.

Changing the color on an element is not detected by protractor-image-comparison

When using Chrome and using the chromeOptions.args:['--disable-gpu'] it could be possible that the images can't be compared in the correct way. If you remove this argument all will work again. See here



  • Update documentation for Mobile
  • New (mobile friendly) testpage


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