Appium Desktop – Download and Install

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Appium Desktop – Download and Install

Important Note: As per the update on 25 April 2023 at Appium Github, Appium Desktop is unsupported and no longer maintained since it is not compatible with Appium 2.0+. Hence, instead of this article, refer to our new article on how to download Appium 2

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Appium Desktop is the open-source GUI app that helps you access Appium Server using a graphical interface. From an Appium Beginner’s perspective – if you want to write test scripts with Appium, you would need 2 things. First, you would need to start the Appium Server. And second, you would also need a mechanism using which you can identify the controls (buttons, text boxes etc) in the mobile app which you want to automate. Appium Desktop helps you perform both these tasks –

  • Appium Desktop provides a GUI for the Appium Server. Using this GUI tool, you will be able to start and stop the Appium server, and also see the logs
  • It also provides an Inspector using which you can get the properties of the elements in your mobile app

Please Note: Appium comes in both GUI and non-GUI versions (non-GUI versions can be operated from the command prompt). We will be working with the GUI version in our Appium Tutorial series, as its much easier to install and use from beginners point of view. We will encourage you to check out the non-GUI version as well. You can go to this link and read about its features and how its installed – Download Appium (Non GUI version)


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We have many more articles comping up for Appium Desktop. We will provide the links at the end of this article, as and when we publish these articles

What topics are covered in this article

Appium Desktop has a lot of features that help you make it easy to write tests for Appium. However, in this article you will learn how to download and install this tool on a windows machine. We have lot more other articles for Appium Desktop as well – where we will cover in detail, the process of using it for writing your test scripts. You can have a look at out Appium Tutorial main page, where we have added all these articles in a step by step manner.

Download Appium Desktop

Follow the steps given below to download the latest version of Appium Desktop –

1. Open Appium Desktop’s GitHub page – https://github.com/appium/appium-desktop/releases

2. This page lists down all the versions of Appium Desktop. You will have to download the latest version which is shown at the top of the page. Currently, the latest version on the website is v1.22.3-4 (as on 7 Mar 2023)

Please Note: New beta versions are released often. Even if you see a newer version on Github, please go ahead and download that version. The steps given in this article would remain the same (only the screenshot contents might change)


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3. In the Downloads section of the latest release, you will find different packages for Windows, Mac, Linux etc

Appium Desktop app for WindowsAppium Desktop app for Windows

4. Click on the windows version to download and save it on your machine

Appium Desktop Client download for WindowsAppium Desktop Client download for Windows

With this, we complete the download process for Appium Server GUI. Let us now install it on our machine.

Install Appium Desktop (Appium Server GUI)

Use the steps given below to install Appium Server GUI on your machine

1. Open the folder location where you have downloaded Appium Server GUI and double click on the exe to start the installation process

2. Appium will first ask you Installation Options. Leave the already selected option as it is and then click on Install button

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3. Once the installation process starts, you will see the Appium Setup window as displayed below

Appium Setup - Installing, Please Wait...Appium Setup - Installing, Please Wait...

4. Once installation is complete, you will see the below Appium Setup window

Completing Appium SetupCompleting Appium Setup

5. Now, leave the Run Appium Server GUI checkbox selected and click on Finish button. Appium Start screen will be displayed

Appium Desktop Latest Version - v1.6.1Appium Desktop Latest Version - v1.6.1

6. To verify that the installation and setup is successful, click on startServer button. This would start the Appium server and you would see ‘The server is running’ message in Appium window

Appium Desktop - Server StartedAppium Desktop - Server Started

This shows that the Appium Desktop has been installed successfully.

7. Click on Stop Server button to stop the Appium server

Appium Desktop - Server StoppedAppium Desktop - Server Stopped

After Appium server is stopped, you can close the Appium Server GUI window. With this we complete the Appium Server GUI download and installation process. Try it out and let us know if you face any issues while setting up Appium Desktop. You can also share your feedback with us with using the comments section. Your feedback will go a long way in helping us improve our articles and make it more useful to all our readers.

Next Steps…

Want to learn more about Appium Desktop? Then check out the links given below (we will keep adding more articles here).

1. Learn more about the different features of Appium Desktop
2. Mobile elements inspection with Appium Desktop – Part 1
3. Mobile elements inspection with Appium Desktop – Part 2

If you are looking for complete Appium setup, then please check out our Appium Tutorial guide. This is a complete tutorial series that will help you setup Appium from scratch.

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