How do I record a browser clickpath?

Your web application provides certain key functionality to your customers that is critical to the success of your business. Browser clickpaths ensure that this functionality is available to your customers 24/7.

With our easy-to-use Dynatrace recorder (a Google Chrome browser plugin), you can gain visibility into the availability and performance of your application's most important functionality with just a few clicks.

Use the Dynatrace recorder to record the exact sequences of clicks that you want your simulated user visits to follow when browser monitors are replayed. You can record button clicks, page scrolls, and even user input. The Dynatrace recorder captures each event and converts it into a script that is played back each time you run the clickpath.

It’s a good idea to record clickpaths that force your application to perform one or more key transactions that are critical to the success of your business and involve all the elements of your IT infrastructure.

Install the Dynatrace recorder plugin

You need to install Dynatrace recorder to begin. Following installation, the recorder will be automatically updated whenever new features become available.

  1. Select Synthetic in the navigation menu.
  2. Click the Add synthetic monitor button.
  3. Click Install Dynatrace recorder. This button appears only if you haven't yet installed Dynatrace recorder and after you enter a valid URL.
  4. When prompted to Add “Dynatrace browser clickpath recorder, click Add Extension.

Record a browser clickpath

  1. Select Synthetic in the navigation menu.
  2. Click the Add synthetic monitor button.
  3. Click Set up browser clickpath. The Dynatrace Recorder browser instance appears pre-loaded with the URL you've specified.
  4. In the Dynatrace Recorder browser instance, click through your application, simulating one of your application's key use cases (logging in, searching for a product, placing an order, etc). As you walk through your application, each action is recorded for future playback. When you are finished, click the Dynatrace logo icon on your browser's menu bar corresponding to the Dynatrace browser monitor recorder extension and then click Finish.
  5. The actions constituting your browser clickpath will appear on the Your recorded clickpath page. You can expand each action to add content validations, edit wait time and adjust input text where needed. You can also click Continue setup to further configure your browser clickpath.

View the analytics of a browser clickpath

  1. Select Synthetic from the navigation menu.
  2. From the list of defined synthetic monitors, select the clickpath you want to examine. This will take you to the clickpath's overview page. Here you'll find details regarding, for example, the availability metrics and problems detected by the browser clickpath as well as action-specific details.

Click the Browse button (...) and select View report to view a report of the monitoring results for any analysis time frame that you want to specify using the drop boxes in the top right corner.

While on the reports' page, you can choose to receive a weekly or monthly availability report and even share the report by clicking the Browse (...) button and selecting the respective option.

Disable or delete a browser clickpath

  1. Select Synthetic in the navigation menu.
  2. Select the browser clickpath you're interested in.
  3. Click the Browse (...) button and, depending on what you want to do, select either Disable monitor or Delete monitor.