I needed to add some time to a Capybara test that was checking some AJAX in my code. I didn’t want to increase the waiting time overall, just for this one particular transaction.

Capybara has a default_wait_time setting in the configuration, so it makes sense there’s a way to set wait time some other way that’s not the default.

I couldn’t find anything in the readme, and I didn’t know what to search for in the docs. I entered a general set of search terms in google, to no particular avail. I finally settled on the rather brute force desperation “How do I change Capybara’s wait time for just one test?” and got a page at reddit that covered it exactly: https://www.reddit.com/r/rails/comments/25xrdy/is_there_a_way_to_change_capybaras_wait_time_just/

The top two answers provide the best solutions, I think, as they expose features available in Capybara that I didn’t know existed.

Capybara.using_wait_time(n) do
  # .. run your test in this block
  # .. and it will wait n seconds
  # .. for items to appear in the page


expect(page).to have_selector("#my_thing", wait: 5)
  # .. the above will wait 5 seconds for
  # .. `#my_button` item to appear on the page


Pretty dang cool!

Source: https://www.reddit.com/r/rails/comments/25xrdy/is_there_a_way_to_change_capybaras_wait_time_just/