Scrolling Gesture – Appium

You already know how to perform longpress gesture using Appium. Now let’s see how to perform a Scroll. I hope you know what is a ‘scrolling‘. We do it often in day to day life. As a quick reference swiping your finger upwards will perform a scroll down and swiping down your finger will perform a scroll up. Just like ‘TouchAction‘ class we also a ‘scrollTo’ function in-built. Lets quickly take a look at the syntax  &  Example ‘driver.scrollTo(“sampleScroll”); ‘ 

import io.appium.java_client.remote.MobileCapabilityType;
import java.util.concurrent.TimeUnit;
import org.openqa.selenium.remote.DesiredCapabilities;
import org.testng.annotations.AfterClass;
import org.testng.annotations.BeforeClass;
import org.testng.annotations.Test;
public class Scroll {
AndroidDriver driver;
public void setUp() throws MalformedURLException{
DesiredCapabilities caps = new DesiredCapabilities();
caps.setCapability(MobileCapabilityType.PLATFORM_VERSION, “4.4.2”);
caps.setCapability(MobileCapabilityType.PLATFORM_NAME, “Android”);
caps.setCapability(MobileCapabilityType.DEVICE_NAME, “YourDevice”);
caps.setCapability(MobileCapabilityType.APP_PACKAGE,”Your Package”);
caps.setCapability(MobileCapabilityType.APP_ACTIVITY,”App Activity”);
driver = new AndroidDriver (new URL(“”),caps);
public void scrollSample(){
//scroll function
public void tearDown(){

By using the above function, it will scroll to the text ‘sampleScroll’ We also have another function called ‘scrollToExact’ which is different from above function. This function will scroll to exact given text. This is generally useful in spinners. By scrolling using text, your screen will moved to that element having that particular text. This would be one way to scroll. Lets see another way using javascript executor.


public void scrollSample() {
JavascriptExecutor js = (JavascriptExecutor) driver;
HashMap<String, Double> scrollElement = new HashMap<String, Double>();
scrollElement .put(“startX”, 0.50);
scrollElement .put(“startY”, 0.95);
scrollElement .put(“endX”, 0.50);
scrollElement .put(“endY”, 0.01);
scrollElement .put(“duration”, 3.0);
js.executeScript(“mobile: swipe”, scrollElement );

Using JsonWP we can use this function to scroll. Prefix “mobile:” allows us to perform gestures. There are few other methods which can be utilized ‘mobile: tap’ & ‘mobile: shake’. So, these are the ways to scroll to an element, directions. Don’t worry about Hashmap and ‘startX’ ‘startY’ coordinates, we will see it  in next article. If you’re not familiar with Desired capabilities then click here

3 thoughts on “Scrolling Gesture – Appium

  1. Anonymous April 4, 2017 / 4:22 pm

    Hi Charan,
    scrollTo method has been deprecated now, please update the blog accordingly.


    • Hari Charan April 4, 2017 / 9:38 pm

      Yea, thanks for the information. I am planning to republish few articles. So I will do it altogether


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