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

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Selenium is niet enkel een instrument of API, het bestaat uit verschillende instrumenten.


Als je begint met het automatiseren van websites, dan zul je de WebDriver API’s gebruiken. WebDriver gebruikt automatisatie API’s die door de browsers zelf worden aangeboden. Laatstgenoemden worden gebruikt om de browser aan te sturen. Op die manier word een echte gebruiker gesimuleerd.WebDriver staat los van de applicatieve code en is daarom niet-intrusief. Zo test je dezelfde applicatie als diegene die live staat.


IDE (Integrated Development Environment) is the tool you use to develop your Selenium test cases. It’s an easy-to-use Chrome and Firefox extension and is generally the most efficient way to develop test cases. It records the users actions in the browser for you, using existing Selenium commands, with parameters defined by the context of that element. This is not only a time-saver, but also an excellent way of learning Selenium script syntax.


Selenium Grid allows you to run test cases in different machines across different platforms. The control of triggering the test cases is on the local end, and when the test cases are triggered, they are automatically executed by the remote end.

After the development of the WebDriver tests, you may face the need of running your tests on multiple browser and operating system combinations. This is where Grid comes into the picture.

A Deeper Look

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