I have a MAC OSX native application. Some of the screens in this application is using Webviews.

My specific requirement is to automate this view using Selenium.

Questions that I have:

  1. Is it really possible to use Webdriver to automate the Webviews in a native MAC OSX hybrid application?
  2. If yes, can someone give an example script?
  3. If it's possible to automate, how to identify the elements on this Webview?

I also tried with appium-for-mac for automating, but failed. (Seems like its a known issue as per: This post

My current setting for the webdriver setup is:

private WebDriver buildDriverInstance(String appiumForMacURL){

    URL remoteAddress = null ;
    try {
        remoteAddress = new URL(appiumForMacURL);
    } catch (MalformedURLException e) {

    DesiredCapabilities desiredCapabilities = new DesiredCapabilities();
    WebDriver driver;
    driver = new RemoteWebDriver(remoteAddress,desiredCapabilities);
    return driver;

Any direction in this regard?

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If it's possible to automate, how to identify the elements on this Webview?

I have used the Appium Inspector to find the selector. This gave me an XPATH selector that, while slow, worked well enough. This is unlike switching context to the WebView in a hybrid app.

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