3 Different Ways to Clear Inputs in Cypress

3 Different Ways to Clear Inputs in Cypress

Ferenc Almasi β€’ 2022 August 14 β€’ Read time 2 min read
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To clear input fields in Cypress, we need to use the clear command chained off of from cy.get:

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cy.get('input').clear({ force: true })

The clear command also accepts a configuration object where you can configure how the command should behave. For example, by passing a force attribute, we can force the field to be cleared.

If you set force on the clear command, Cypress will skip checking for actionability - whether the input element can be interacted with. For example, if it is visible and not disabled.

You can also use the cy.focused command in order to get the focused element on the page and initiate a clear on that:

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Clearing the currently focused input

Preferably, you want to use the clear command to clear input fields in Cypress, but there are two other ways you can also clear inputs. One of them is using the type command:

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This is using a special character sequence to tell Cypress to select the contents of the input and hit backspace to clear the value. cy.clear is in fact an alias for the above command. Lastly, you can also use invoke to set the value property of the field to an empty value.

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cy.get('input').invoke('val', '')

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