How to Wait for Elements to Be Visible in Cypress

How to Wait for Elements to Be Visible in Cypress

Ferenc Almasi β€’ 2022 August 15 β€’ Read time 2 min read
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To verify if an element is visible in Cypress, we can use the should('be.visible') assertion:

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As Cypress internally retries commands, we don't need to add any wait clause to ensure the element is visible before verifying it.

By default, Cypress will try to verify if the element is visible in 4 seconds. If you need to increase this timeout, you can pass a timeout property in a configuration object as a second parameter to the cy.get command:

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cy.get('.element', { timeout: 10_000 }).should('be.visible')
Using a custom timeout

Make sure you use timeouts sparingly. Most of the time you will be fine with using the default timeout.

In case you want to globally set a custom timeout, you can do so by changing the e2e.defaultCommandTimeout property inside your cypress.config.js file:

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export default defineConfig({
    e2e {
        defaultCommandTimeout: 10_000

How to verify if an element is not visible

You can also verify the opposite and check if an element is not visibly by simply prefixing the assertion with "not":

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