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is it feasible to test mainframe, which is a desktop based application with selenium? If yes, then how?

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Selenium allows to test any UI that can provide WebDriver implementation to interact with it.

If UI framework that runs your app provides a webdriver that can:

  • associate the commands WebDriver implementations should implement with the particular actions on UI
  • associate the way how the locators are built with the particular UI objects

then you can utilize that driver for your UI automation.

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Selenium is browser automation tool.

It is commonly used to website test automation, but it is not limited to it.

Mainframe/desktop do not have HTML locators, which webdriver uses to locate webelements to be interacted with, AFAIK.

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To be practical... you can perform automation to some extent. but not recommended. You might consider winium which implements the JSON wire protocol to automate windows based application(with limited achievability). I would suggest consider UFT with terminal emulator addin.

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