How to open a drawer in flutter test

Issue

I am trying to test a custom drawer but find it hard opening it in the test, tried the following to begin with and even this test doesn’t pass. The error is: Bad state: no element.

void main() {
  testWidgets('my drawer test', (WidgetTester tester) async {
    final displayName = "displayName";
    var drawKey = UniqueKey();
    await tester.pumpWidget(MaterialApp(
        home: Scaffold(
      drawer: Drawer(key: drawKey, child: Text(displayName),),
    )));
    await tester.tap(find.byKey(drawKey));
    expect(find.text(displayName), findsOneWidget);
  });
}

Solution

You’re calling tap() on the Drawer, but it isn’t in view as it’s hidden on the left. Because of this, the Finder doesn’t find any elements and the tap() is unsuccessful. And even if the Finder found the Drawer, tapping on the Drawer itself doesn’t open it anyway.

One way, and in my opinion, the simplest way of doing it is to provide a GlobalKey for the Scaffold and call openDrawer() on the current State of it. You could also tap on the hamburger icon or swipe from the left – but calling openDrawer() is more deterministic:

void main() {
  testWidgets('my drawer test', (WidgetTester tester) async {
    final scaffoldKey = GlobalKey<ScaffoldState>();
    const displayName = "displayName";

    await tester.pumpWidget(
      MaterialApp(
        home: Scaffold(
          key: scaffoldKey,
          drawer: const Text(displayName),
        ),
      ),
    );

    scaffoldKey.currentState.openDrawer();
    await tester.pump();

    expect(find.text(displayName), findsOneWidget);
  });
}

Answered By – Iiro Krankka

Answer Checked By – Gilberto Lyons (FlutterFixes Admin)

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