i am on Beginning stage in SELENIUM. Now, i am trying functional testing on selenium web-driver. As driving EXCEL data is very essential on functional testing, i am struggling a lot in this are.

How to use Excel data?

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    Selenium is a library in your programming language of choice. That language has also libraries to read Excel files. Rest is "matter of simple programming". I suspect you need to improve your programming skills, there is nothing specific to use Excel input with Selenium as compared to other input sources (beyond using Excel libraries). Mar 22 '16 at 14:40
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    Possible duplicate of Efficient way of reading data from Excel in Selenium C#
    – ECiurleo
    Mar 23 '16 at 10:50

What you are looking for is Data Driven Test or for short is DDT. You can use Excel as external source of data for you tests.

I assume you are using Python's unittest framework to write test cases.

First you will need to install ddt library by running:

pip install ddt

To read values from spreadsheet you will need to install another library by running:

pip install xlrd

Here is how you can import data from your sheet and use in your testcases:

   import xlrd, unittest
   from ddt import ddt, data, unpack
   from selenium import webdriver
   def get_data(file_name):
       # create an empty list to store rows
       rows = []
       # open the specified Excel spreadsheet as workbook
       book = xlrd.open_workbook(file_name)
       # get the first sheet
       sheet = book.sheet_by_index(0)
       # iterate through the sheet and get data from rows in list
       for row_idx in range(1, sheet.nrows):
           rows.append(list(sheet.row_values(row_idx, 0, sheet.ncols)))
       return rows
    class [Your Class Name](unittest.TestCase):
        def setUp(self):
        [Insert your setUp code here]

    # get the data from specified Excel spreadsheet 
    # by calling the get_data function 
    def test_[your_test_name](self, [your_argument_1], [your_argument_2]): 
           [your test method]  

    def tearDown(self):
        # close the browser window
if __name__ == '__main__':

The @unpack decorator is used to unpack spreadsheet values into multiple arguments. The test_[your_test_name] method accepts your value arguments([your_argument_1]...), which will be mapped to the spreadsheet values by ddt.

  • And how to do that? Mar 23 '16 at 1:27
  • Yes Of-course!!! i am using Selenium mars, where i can see some tables that are used for retrieving excel data. how to use that? Mar 23 '16 at 3:48

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