I am testing with C# & Selenium & Selenium.Chrome.WebDriver (Nu-GET Package, Version 2.44.0). Now I am searching for a Method which gives me the actual Version of the current runnig driver.

Is there someone who can help me here I found this posts already but none of these helped: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/12556163/get-browser-version-using-selenium-webdriver https://mashtips.com/get-system-os-browser-version-java-selenium-webdriver/

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If you want the actual version of the driver, e.g. the version of chromedriver.exe:

IWebDriver driver = new ChromeDriver("./");
ICapabilities capabilities = ((RemoteWebDriver)driver).Capabilities;
Console.WriteLine((capabilities.GetCapability("chrome") as Dictionary<string, object>)["chromedriverVersion"]);

This returns: 73.0.3683.68 (47787ec04b6e38e22703e856e101e840b65afe72)

The capabilities object looks like this:

  "browserName": "chrome",
  "chrome": {
    "chromedriverVersion": "73.0.3683.68 (47787ec04b6e38e22703e856e101e840b65afe72)",
    "userDataDir": "C:\\Users\\NIELSV~1\\AppData\\Local\\Temp\\scoped_dir7524_3294"
  "platform": "Windows NT",
  "version": "73.0.3683.103"

If you want to access deeper nested items you need to cast it to a Dictionary first.


If you are looking for the version of the ChromeDriver (this is different than the version of Chrome), it's a returned capability in chrome.chromedriverversion as a string.


Firefox and Chrome uses different string that you should use to get the versins, for Firefox is "browserVersion" and for Chrome is "version". browserCapabilities.GetCapability("browserVersion") - return the Firefox version, browserCapabilities.GetCapability("version") - return the Chrome version.You can make a method that check for the one or the second string and get the version of the browser.


((RemoteWebDriver) driver).getCapabilities().getVersion() should work for all browsers. I am not sure when this change took place, but when you examine the Capabilities class, it is obvious why this is the case:

default String getVersion() {
  return String.valueOf(Optional.ofNullable(getCapability("browserVersion")).orElse(
  • getCapabilities() is not a method on RemoteWebDriver – Niels van Reijmersdal Apr 18 '19 at 13:46
  • @NielsvanReijmersdal I stand corrected. The solution I provided is a Java solution, not C#. – hfontanez Apr 19 '19 at 19:12
  • The question is about C#, see topic/summary. This might be confusing :) – Niels van Reijmersdal Apr 19 '19 at 20:47

Thank you for your reply! Now I am using this workaround.

public static string GetBrowserVersion() 
    string thisbrowserversion; 
    if (ThisAppSettings.browserAppSetting == "Chrome") 
        thisbrowserversion = ((RemoteWebDriver)thisbrowser).Capabilities.GetCapability("version").ToString();     
        thisbrowserversion = ((RemoteWebDriver)thisbrowser).Capabilities.GetCapability("browserVersion").ToString(); 
    return thisbrowserversion; 

Works fine. The Datatype "RemoteWebDriver" was the critical thing.

  • You don't need this workaround anymore. The Capabilities class already implemented this default behavior. – hfontanez Apr 2 '19 at 16:47

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