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Mitesh Kamat
Mitesh Kamat

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How to get Cypress working on windows


This article is about how to get cypress in working state on windows.

Cypress is the new standard in front-end testing that every developer and QA engineer needs.

So, I thought of digging into learning what cypress is. But, the installation wasn't smooth. Earlier, I thought as per the official doc it would be just the basic command npm i cypress --save-dev. But it wasn't.

While doing so ,I bumped into this

Installing Cypress (version: 4.4.1)

   Downloading Cypress
    Cypress Version: 4.4.1
    Unzipping Cypress
    Finishing Installation
The Cypress App could not be downloaded.

Please check network connectivity and try again:

Error: self signed certificate in certificate chain

Even after setting corporate proxy it didnot work. Did search about it and found that it is marked as bug in their github repo.

Then, as per few suggestions went for direct download from

steps which I followed:

  1. Download zip file from Cypress
  2. In vscode terminal run, setx CYPRESS_INSTALL_BINARY C:\path-to\Downloads\
  3. Don't be in a hurry restart vscode.
  4. Now run ** npm i cypress --save-dev ** in vscode terminal
  5. You would see something like this:
> cypress@4.4.1 postinstall C:\react-project-path\node_modules\cypress
> node index.js --exec install

 Warning: Forcing a binary version different than the default.

  The CLI expected to install version: 4.4.1

  Instead we will install version: C:\path-to\Downloads\

  These versions may not work properly together.

    Unzipped Cypress

You can now open Cypress by running: node_modules\.bin\cypress open

In your package.json file, find the scripts section and add a new entry.

"scripts": {
      "cypress:open": "cypress open"

In your project terminal, execute npm run cypress:open

> react_project@0.1.0 cypress:open C:\path-toproject\
> cypress open

It looks like this is your first time using Cypress: 4.4.1

    Verified Cypress! C:\...\AppData\Local\Cypress\Cache\4.4.1\Cypress

Opening Cypress...

It would open up a cypress window and then you can begin your learning in cypress framework.

Note: With direct download you will not be able to use dashboard service and that is a shortcoming of this approach.

Cheers !!!

Discussion (1)

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Himanshu Mehta

Hi Mitesh,

While I follow the steps I am geeting below error

npm ERR! [STARTED] Task without title.
npm ERR! The Cypress App could not be unzipped.
npm ERR!
npm ERR! Search for an existing issue or open a GitHub issue at
npm ERR!
npm ERR!