[jboss-user] [JBoss Tools] - BrowserSim FAQ

Yahor Radtsevich do-not-reply at jboss.com
Wed Sep 5 06:58:58 EDT 2012

Yahor Radtsevich [https://community.jboss.org/people/yradtsevich] modified the document:

"BrowserSim FAQ"

To view the document, visit: https://community.jboss.org/docs/DOC-18100

*Q: What is BrowserSim ?*
*A:* BrowserSim is a Browser Simulator which primarily is intended for having a quick, easy and multi-platform way of testing if your webapp will render and behave correctly on a mobile device.

*Q: How does BrowserSim works ?*
*A:* It wraps a webkit browser and makes it respond and send work like a mobile browser by spoofing content and media request headers.

Q: What do I need to run BrowserSim?*
*A:* The requirements for different platforms are as listed below:
* Windows:* Only 32-bit Eclipse/JBDS is supported;
* Apple  http://www.apple.com/quicktime/download/ QuickTime or  http://www.apple.com/itunes/download/ iTunes must be installed (they contain Apple Application Support which provides WebKit engine for BrowserSim).

* Linux:* WebKitGTK 1.2.0 or newer must be installed and available in the library load path.
* This should be available on RHEL and Ubuntu by default, if not use your package manager to install libwebkitgtk

* Mac OS X* It just works.

*Q: How to add BrowserSim to the toolbar?*
*A:* Go to Window → Customize Perspective and select "BrowserSim" under "Command Groups Availability". Then it becomes available in the global toolbar via the "phone" icon:
 https://community.jboss.org/servlet/JiveServlet/showImage/102-18100-6-18715/browsersim-enabled.png  https://community.jboss.org/servlet/JiveServlet/downloadImage/102-18100-6-18715/113-38/browsersim-enabled.png 

*Q: Can I use the browser as a replacement for testing on a real phone or emulator?*
*A:* Browsersim make it easy to test basic layout questions/issues on any platform without having to install a platform specifc emulator or manually try use a phone. 
That said it is not 100% reliable since there are so many different brands/versions of phones there will be differences in behavior, thus no, BrowserSim does not replace real or emulated phone testing. 
For full verfication/testing you should test on a real phone.

*Q: BrowserSim shows an error message saying that JRE 7 is not supported on Windows and does not run (with JBoss Tools 3.4.0.M1 and above).*
*A:* There is an incompatibility between some versions of JRE 7 and BrowserSim. To workaround this, please do the following:
1. Install JRE/JDK 6 or JDK 7 (but not JRE 7).
2. Add the next lines at the beginning of your eclipse.ini or jbdevstudio.ini:

*Q: BrowserSim shows the *"No more handles [Failed to load the swt-webkit library]"* error message and does not run (with JBoss Tools 3.3.0.GA and below).*

1. Install JRE/JDK 6 (but not JRE/JDK 7).
2. Add the next lines at the beginning of your eclipse.ini or jbdevstudio.ini:

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