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What is the correct way to select an <option> using Selenium's Python WebDriver

I would like to select an <option> child of a <select> using the Python WebDriver. I have a reference to the option WebElement I wish to select and have tried select() and click() methods ...
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Building “slow to break” regression tests

I need to build a lot of regression tests for our product at work and I plan on using Selenium. I am concerned about building tests that will become quickly outdated and broken based on the fast pace ...
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Are Selenium functional tests reliable enough to be worthwhile?

I'm finding that regardless of how solid my tests scripts are, I still have tests that fail (falsely), even though they worked just fine before. I'm not talking about if markup changes (although that ...
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Under what circumstances is Sikuli better for test automation than Selenium or Watir?

The Sikuli website says: Sikuli is a visual technology to automate and test graphical user interfaces (GUI) using images (screenshots). Under what circumstances is Sikuli a better technology ...
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How to fill CAPTCHA using automation?

How can I automate, 'Enter CAPTCHA' using Selenium Web Driver ?
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A way to match on text using CSS locators

So I use xpath locators and slowly converting to CSS. I haven't found a way to do an exact match based on text. For example converting //a[text()='Log Out']. I know you can do css=a:contains('Log ...
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How do I keep Selenium test cases DRY?

I'm somewhat new to Selenium and I have a problem. Whenever I write a test case, that test case starts with logging in, and it's the same four steps every time. If I change the password for that ...
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Is there a captureNetworkTraffic implementation in Selenium 2 via webdriver?

If yes, how is it called, or where can I find more info about it? (I'm not talking about using WebDriverBackend.) If not, what alternatives are there?
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Load Testing, Selenium Vs Jmeter Vs other tools

I have been using Selenium/Webdriver for functional testing in a grid setup. We are in the process of transitioning to a Solr based search service. I already have Solrmeter for load testing the ...
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Whether to choose Selenium over Watir or Lightweight Test Automation when testing web applications created using C Sharp?

I am currently researching testing frameworks to test C Sharp developed web applications. I have been leaning more towards the use of Selenium over Watir or Lightweight Test Automation but hesitant ...
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Selenium: reuse existing browser session, instead of opening new windows?

This has been asked a million times on the web, but there's no clear cut answer. I tried "-browserSessionReuse" today without any luck; my tests keep spawning new browser windows. ...
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What are the best beginner tutorials for Selenium IDE

I have gone through the possible duplicate question,it was related to selenium webdriver . I am new to Selenium IDE tool. Could you please suggest me some best PDFs and sites with Selenium tutorials ...
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Is jQuery faster than CSS/Xpath selectors for IE 8.0 in Selenium1?

I am planning to run my existing Selenium 1.x tests in IE 8.0. After checking few blogs and reading this, I tried to run my tests using jQuery locators with the method mentioned here. My tests uses ...
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Handling browser level authentication using Selenium

I am automating an application which contains browser level authentication. When I open the application, the browser performs basic authentication, i.e. it prompts for a username and password. How ...
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Selenium:how to delete single characters from a textbox

Using Selenium how to delete single characters from a textbox using Selenium? I have to delete the last 2 characters from text box. Ex.ABCD to AB
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Maintaining automation framework for different browsers like IE and FF

How to maintain automation framework for different browsers like IE and FF? In my current set up, I maintain two different configuration properties files, one with xpath locators that FF supports ...
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Is Selenium's LoadableComponent a good solution as test design pattern?

I need to refactor my Selenium tests, and come across their LoadableComponent wiki page. I began trying to use it, though I couldn't really understand what is it good for. I took a look at their ...
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Is adding IDs to everything standard practice when using Selenium?

My team is using Selenium WebDriver and the QA team is having the developers add IDs to almost everything. Is that normal or is Selenium flexible enough that tests can be written with the markup that ...
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Is Selenium the right tool for browser compatibility testing?

I have been seeing a lot of customers pushing for browser compatibility testing using Selenium. Was wondering whether this is really necessary. The push is mostly due to Selenium grid supporting multi ...
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What is Selenium's default timeout for page loading?

I am using Selenium 2. I have loaded the page using Get command in WebDriver class which is in the package org.openqa.selenium. My question is that what is Selenium's default timeout for page loading? ...
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How do I close the browser window at the end of a Selenium test?

I have googled for the answer, but the ".stop()" so frequently mentioned doesn't work for me. The Chrome window the test was running in remains open. def test_getResults(self): sel = ...
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Which locator do you use with Selenium: CSS or XPath?

I have heard that, when using Selenium, the CSS Locator has better performance than the XPath Locator. Which Locator do you use in your tests? Have you seen a great performance improvement when ...
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How can I reduce the execution speed in webdriver so that I can view properly what is happening on browser?

I want to reduce the speed for execution of script so that I can view the execution properly on browser. I want do this in webdriver.
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Selenium: How to click at x,y coordinates?

I want to click at x, y coordinates like 52, 216-52, 295. How can this be done using Selenium? (I am using Mac OSX 10.8.5 with Selenium 2.40.0 and Firefox version 29.0)
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Is writing unit tests difficult for me as a QA engineer?

I currently work as a QA engineer and work a lot with Java, Selenium and test automation. But, unit tests are something the developers have been doing and something that I fear. Is it difficult? Do ...
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How to eliminate/reduce invalid failures in automation due to GUI changes?

I am into the automation of a web application using Selenium. I write test cases without hard-coding anything in the test cases. There were many invalid failures in the run due to GUI changes such as ...
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How is Selenium different from other GUI automation tools?

I have used WatiN and WebAii but I have limited experience with Selenium. How does Selenium differ from these other tools?
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What is the best way to have a SpecFlow project run across multiple browsers?

I'm working on setting up a SpecFlow project to test a portal. Thus far I've haven't had issues writing some "hello world" features and steps. My question is as the testing project grows, what is the ...
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Why should I move to Selenium 2 from Selenium 1?

What are the real benefits of using Selenium 2 instead of Selenium 1? I've read several posts related to new version but didn't get what are the advantages of Selenium 2.
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How do I work with dropdowns in Selenium Webdriver?

This is a canonical question, intended to provide a comprehensive answer to many related questions I understand the basics of working with Selenium Webdriver; I can navigate to pages, click buttons, ...
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What aspects normally differ when developing automation framework in QTP VS Selenium

I have worked in Selenium. For developing Web UI Functional Test automation suite I considered below aspects Using TestNG Framework Using Page Object pattern XML based configuration Logging of ...
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Controlling database state in Selenium UI Testing

We have a big test suite with around 300+ tests. Now a days we are manually restoring database and creating few Data Objects and hard coding some data to feed into the tests. However, there are a lot ...
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what is the best way to write automated end to end user scenarios?

When automating user scenarios, we typically cover an end-to-end user flow. Unit testing recommends that each test method should be independant and only test one thing. But things are different in ...
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Testing Page Layout with webdriver

Has anyone tried to test the page layout of a website using webdriver? To be specific, using webelement.getPosition() and webelement.getDimension(). Shouldn't these two methods be enough for testing ...
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Webdriver Check if Checkbox is Set and Set it if Not

I am learning Webdriver with JUnit by going through Alan Richardson's Selenium Simplified book and taking translating the exercises/tests from Selenium RC to Webdriver. So far, this has proven to be ...
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Recommend Automated test tools for cross platform including IE and .NET software

I'm working in an QA team. We do the automated work from the scratch. So many testing methods may be anti-pattern or disobey some discipline. We pay lots of effort on test web pages on our ...
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How to use Selenium's PageFactory annotations with dynamic loaded elements?

I'm rewriting some Selenium tests according to the page object design pattern taking advantage of Seleniums' annotations. My problem is that I have some html select elements whose option elements are ...
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Running tests in parallel using Jenkins Grid plugin

I have Jenkins 1.499 running Watir-Webdriver tests on a Windows 2008 (64bit) server alongside the Grid 2 standalone server (and Jenkins Selenium Grid plugin). I can run my tests through the ...
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Selenium Tests run in the background when TeamCity CI is run as a Windows service

Our test suite is written in Python and makes use of the WebDriver Python bindings. We are looking into moving to TeamCity for continuous integration. The setup I have in mind is a build triggered for ...
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How to clear localStorage using selenium and webdriver

I want to call localStorage.clear() before running a group of specific tests but the thing is I don't know how. I can see CLEAR_LOCAL_STORAGE variable mentioned here but still failing to understand ...
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I want to learn Selenium but not sure about the language I need to learn for automation

Java or Javascript? or maybe another language? Please help me choose the programming language I should learn for Selenium automation and its benefit over other. Any pro's and con's?
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Selenium/Webdriver with team member that don't have programing skills

We are planning on integrating/developping automation solution with Webdriver 2.0 for our web application. We currently have 2 members in the team that can write code, and understand enough Java to ...
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How to test the test scripts?

Once an automation test is created, how do I test it and make sure the test does what its supposed to do? I can easily test the scenarios where test passes, but how to go about the ones that fails due ...
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Handling self-refreshing pages from selenium

I have been running into intermittent errors with some java selenium-rc tests which I think are related to a page which has an ajax poll and automatically refreshes when some condition is reached on ...
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Do you verify presence of text in your automated tests?

While automating multi locale application I had to stop using - assertTrue(selenium.isTextPresent("success text message")); where success text message would change for each locale. to - ...
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Structuring Selenium tests to avoid duplication

I'm refactoring our test suite to take advantage of page object pattern. I'm missing how to structure the actual tests. Lets say that I want to test StackOverflow posting and deleting. Once scenario ...
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Solving “SeleneseTestCase is deprecated” issue

I'm working through the "Selenium Simplified" book just to really gain a solid understanding of Selenium and Java. I know the basics of Java, but this one is frustrating me. I must be missing some ...
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What are recommended scenarios to use Selenium Tests for?

My company is introducing BDD into our projects. Our customers have differents processes-cases wich also may fork at specific points. It is a mostly long and tedious work to test each case and each ...
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Test Automation Engineer, no record-playback?

I want to become a test automation engineer in the future. The thing that is concerning me is this: I have always thought that test automation is using record-playback to test different application. ...
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Why does selenium fail every so often when running more complex tests because it can't find an element on the page?

private IWebDriver driver; private ChildSearchPage currentChild; private IWebElement divMeetingsTab { get { return driver.FindElement(By.Id("Content_InfantTab1_divMeetings")); } } private IWebElement ...