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Is it possible to test desktop applications using selenium? Suppose we have a simple application like gtalk. A desktop application, can we automate that application with selenium.

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No, Selenium 2 / WebDriver is for web applications only. But there are other tools to automate desktop application GUI tests.

You can also search for "desktop application" on this site to find recommended tools.

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Hey I have used UFT for testing desktop application. I was just willing to know is there any way to test them using selenium. – Ashwani Raj Jul 18 '14 at 6:22
@Twaldigas, I wouldn't necessarily agree. I've heard of people testing desktop applications with embeded HTML content using elements of Selenium. – dzieciou Jul 20 '14 at 16:52
@dzieciou Yes, some people use Selenium for other types of applications or other types of tests. I read about performance tests of web applications with Selenium. But Selenium is for GUI tests of web applications and nothing else. This is the intended area. Nothing else. There are proper tools for desktop application test automation. – Twaldigas Jul 21 '14 at 5:41
@Twaldigas, do those other tools handle embedded HTML? – dzieciou Jul 21 '14 at 7:54
@dzieciou I do not know any tool for that. But I can not imagine how to test that with Selenium. Embedded HTML means that the HTML pages will be displayed in the desktop application. But with Selenium you can control browsers only. – Twaldigas Jul 24 '14 at 7:49

Try using SIkuli it can automate anything , since it uses Image recognition

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This isn't really an answer to the question, which asks if a desktop application can be tested with Selenium. – Kate Paulk Jul 21 '14 at 10:52 (the following text is just to get through the 30 characters limit) Winium.Desktop is an open source test automation tool for automated testing of Windows application based on WinForms and WPF platforms. Winium.Desktop.Driver implements Selenium Remote WebDriver and listens for JsonWireProtocol commands.

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Looks interesting :) – Niels van Reijmersdal Nov 24 at 10:42

weather GUI and slkuli are open soure

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This isn't really an answer to the question, which asks if a desktop application can be tested with Selenium. – bish Aug 14 at 4:49
What is weather GUI and where can I find it? – Niels van Reijmersdal Aug 14 at 11:06
So are you suggesting these as alternatives to Selenium? Or are you saying you can use Selenium to control these tools somehow? – corsiKa Aug 14 at 14:34

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