Nexial Automation

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Installing Nexial

Nexial requires Java 1.8.0_151 or above and Excel 2007/2010 or above. If you don’t have Java installed on your system, follow the next section to do so.

Install Java

Check if Java is installed - Java 1.8.0_151 or above required, and 64-bit Java is highly recommended If possible, consider installing the latest version of Java 1.8 or the latest release of Java.

  1. Open the console by pressing Windows key and the letter R (Win+R) at the same time, type in cmd and press <ENTER>
  2. From the console, type java -version and press <ENTER>
    If you get something like the following, please follow the next step (Step 3) below to download and install Java:

    If you are not getting the above message, check that the version of Java installed is 1.8.0_151 or above. For example, here's a snapshot of an outdated Java installation (1.6.0.45).

    While the snapshot below shows Java 1.8, this version of not supported. Please be sure that your Java installation is Java 1.8.0_151 or above:

    If your Java installation is outdated/unsupported, please follow the next step (Step 3) below to download and install Java.
  3. To download Java, visit the following link: http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/downloads/index.html
    Click on the Download button:


    Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click Accept License Agreement.

    Select the appropriate download file suitable for your operating system. It is recommended to select the 64bit version for better performance and efficient memory management.
Please note that OpenJDK and Amazon Corretto are also supported for Nexial. Both open-source JDKs are used by many Nexialists.


Using Nexial Installer

Note: Nexial requires Java 1.8.0_151 or above and Excel 2007/2010 or above. If you don’t have Java installed on your system, please follow the section above.

  1. To keep things more structured, we will create a new directory for our installation process:
    Navigate to your local hard drive and create a new folder called **projects** (i.e. C:\projects).
  2. Click the following link to begin downloading the Nexial installer: Nexial Installer.
  3. Next, locate the downloaded zip file in your Downloads folder.
  4. Unzip the nexial-installer.zip file into the C:\projects\ directory that you just created.
    To do this, right-click on nexial-installer.zip, select Extract All and then type in C:\projects:
  5. Navigate to C:\projects\ directory and double click on the newly created nexial-installer folder, then double click the bin folder:
  6. Double click install-latest.cmd file (NOT the install-latest.sh file).
  7. Let the command prompt run; this may take a while. When it finishes, it should close itself and you now have the latest Nexial installed onto your computer!


Check Excel Version

Nexial requires Excel 2007/2010 or above. It requires the use of XLSX format (old XLS format not supported).

Checking Browser Availability and Version

  1. Internet Explorer - Nexial at this time only supports Internet Explorer 9 or above. In the future we might consider older versions of Internet Explorer. Nexial however will support either 32 or 64 bit.

  2. Firefox - as stated on Selenium’s website: “…Support for Firefox is the latest release, the previous release, the latest ESR release and the previous ESR release…” However there is a high likelihood that older versions of Firefox will work as well. Support from Nexial team is provided on a case-by-case basis.

  3. Chrome - latest and almost all recent versions are supported. Older version can be supported via using the corresponding  older versions of chrome driver.

  4. Safari - version 9 or above is supported, with the latest most likely to be most stable in terms of support.

Starting Your First Project

Now that you have Nexial installed, we can create our first Nexial Project!
Click here for a guide on starting your first Nexial Test Automation.