The Selenium Browser Automation Project

Selenium is an umbrella project for a range of tools and libraries that enable and support the automation of web browsers.

It provides extensions to emulate user interaction with browsers, a distribution server for scaling browser allocation, and the infrastructure for implementations of the W3C WebDriver specification that lets you write interchangeable code for all major web browsers.

This project is made possible by volunteer contributors who have put in thousands of hours of their own time, and made the source code freely available for anyone to use, enjoy, and improve.

Selenium brings together browser vendors, engineers, and enthusiasts to further an open discussion around automation of the web platform. The project organises an annual conference to teach and nurture the community.

At the core of Selenium is WebDriver, an interface to write instruction sets that can be run interchangeably in many browsers. Here is one of the simplest instructions you can make:

import org.openqa.selenium.By;
import org.openqa.selenium.Keys;
import org.openqa.selenium.WebDriver;
import org.openqa.selenium.WebElement;
import org.openqa.selenium.firefox.FirefoxDriver;
import org.openqa.selenium.support.ui.WebDriverWait;
import static org.openqa.selenium.support.ui.ExpectedConditions.presenceOfElementLocated;
import java.time.Duration;

public class HelloSelenium {

    public static void main(String[] args) {
        WebDriver driver = new FirefoxDriver();
        WebDriverWait wait = new WebDriverWait(driver, Duration.ofSeconds(10));
        try {
            driver.get("https://google.com/ncr");
            driver.findElement(By.name("q")).sendKeys("cheese" + Keys.ENTER);
            WebElement firstResult = wait.until(presenceOfElementLocated(By.cssSelector("h3")));
            System.out.println(firstResult.getAttribute("textContent"));
        } finally {
            driver.quit();
        }
    }
}
  
from selenium import webdriver
from selenium.webdriver.common.by import By
from selenium.webdriver.common.keys import Keys
from selenium.webdriver.support.ui import WebDriverWait
from selenium.webdriver.support.expected_conditions import presence_of_element_located

#This example requires Selenium WebDriver 3.13 or newer
with webdriver.Firefox() as driver:
    wait = WebDriverWait(driver, 10)
    driver.get("https://google.com/ncr")
    driver.find_element(By.NAME, "q").send_keys("cheese" + Keys.RETURN)
    first_result = wait.until(presence_of_element_located((By.CSS_SELECTOR, "h3")))
    print(first_result.get_attribute("textContent"))
  
using System;
using OpenQA.Selenium;
using OpenQA.Selenium.Firefox;
using OpenQA.Selenium.Support.UI;

class HelloSelenium {
  static void Main() {
    using(IWebDriver driver = new FirefoxDriver()) {
      WebDriverWait wait = new WebDriverWait(driver, TimeSpan.FromSeconds(10));
      driver.Navigate().GoToUrl("https://www.google.com/ncr");
      driver.FindElement(By.Name("q")).SendKeys("cheese" + Keys.Enter);
      wait.Until(webDriver => webDriver.FindElement(By.CssSelector("h3")).Displayed);
      IWebElement firstResult = driver.FindElement(By.CssSelector("h3"));
      Console.WriteLine(firstResult.GetAttribute("textContent"));
    }
  }
}
  
require 'selenium-webdriver'

driver = Selenium::WebDriver.for :firefox
wait = Selenium::WebDriver::Wait.new(timeout: 10)

begin
  driver.get 'https://google.com/ncr'
  driver.find_element(name: 'q').send_keys 'cheese', :return
  first_result = wait.until { driver.find_element(css: 'h3') }
  puts first_result.attribute('textContent')
ensure
  driver.quit
end
  
const {Builder, By, Key, until} = require('selenium-webdriver');

(async function example() {
    let driver = await new Builder().forBrowser('firefox').build();
    try {
        // Navigate to Url
        await driver.get('https://www.google.com');

        // Enter text "cheese" and perform keyboard action "Enter"
        await driver.findElement(By.name('q')).sendKeys('cheese', Key.ENTER);

        let firstResult = await driver.wait(until.elementLocated(By.css('h3')), 10000);

        console.log(await firstResult.getAttribute('textContent'));
    }
    finally{
        driver.quit();
    }
})();
  
import org.openqa.selenium.By
import org.openqa.selenium.Keys
import org.openqa.selenium.firefox.FirefoxDriver
import org.openqa.selenium.support.ui.ExpectedConditions.presenceOfElementLocated
import org.openqa.selenium.support.ui.WebDriverWait
import java.time.Duration

fun main() {
    val driver = FirefoxDriver()
    val wait = WebDriverWait(driver, Duration.ofSeconds(10))
    try {
        driver.get("https://google.com/ncr")
        driver.findElement(By.name("q")).sendKeys("cheese" + Keys.ENTER)
        val firstResult = wait.until(presenceOfElementLocated(By.cssSelector("h3")))
        println(firstResult.getAttribute("textContent"))
    } finally {
        driver.quit()
    }
}
  

See the Overview to check the different project components and decide if Selenium is the right tool for you.

You should continue on to Getting Started to understand how you can install Selenium and successfully use it as a test automation tool, and scaling simple tests like this to run in large, distributed environments on multiple browsers, on several different operating systems.


Overview

Is Selenium for you? See an overview of the different project components.

Getting Started

If you are new to Selenium, we have a few resources that can help you get up to speed right away.

WebDriver

WebDriver drives a browser natively, learn more about it.

Guidelines and recommendations

Some guidelines and recommendations on testing from the Selenium project.

Worst practices

Things to avoid when automating browsers with Selenium.

Grid

Want to run tests in parallel across multiple machines? Then, Grid is for you.

Support Packages

Set of packages and functionalities to simplify automation with Selenium.

Legacy

Documentation related to the legacy components of Selenium. Meant to be kept purely for historical reasons and not as a incentive to use deprecated components.

About this documentation

Last modified September 15, 2021 : Adding a basic auth example [deploy site] (83b4b94)