I Just wanted to know that how can we take a series of screenshots / a video recording for a screen using Selenium 2/Web Driver with JAVA ?

Please provide the answer or the link where I can get an idea about it ?

  • Ok, I understand. Would you so kind to describe the search what you did before you ask? result of a simple search Mar 5, 2014 at 12:17
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    And to answer the rest of the question, Selenium/Webdriver does not provide an API for taking videos. You can use other software to take screen videos. For example, there's Camtasia for Windows/Mac.
    – user246
    Mar 5, 2014 at 12:42

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Both Saucelabs and TestingBot provide a service which records your Selenium tests if you run them against their Selenium Grid. Both offer a number of free minutes per month, which might suffice your needs. You can view/download the video's straight after the test run is finished.

Although I don't know how their setup works, I think I can give you some idea's how to create something similar in your local environment.

  1. Start your test run from a build server (Jenkins for example)
  2. Let the build server start a Selenium server on the test node
  3. Let the build server start a screen recorder on the test node (With VLC for example)
  4. Start and run your (Java based) Selenium test against the test node
  5. Stop the recording on the test node
  6. Copy the recording to the build server so you can access it later on

For this you will need some infrastructure (servers) and some scripts to tie everything together, but its certainly not undoable.

Another option is to take a screenshot after each step/action and combine those screenshots into a video.


Here is the method I use to take screenshots using webdriver:

 private void takeScreenShot(EPropertiesNames path, Integer... screenID)

    File directory = createFolder(path);
    try {
        // Toma la captura de imagen
        File imagen = ((TakesScreenshot) accesoWeb.getDriver()).getScreenshotAs(OutputType.FILE);
        StringBuilder sb = new StringBuilder(directory.getAbsolutePath());
        if (screenID.length > 0) {
        FileUtils.copyFile(imagen, new File(sb.toString()));
        logger.info("Screenshot taken: " + testMethodName);
    } catch (IOException e) {
        logger.error("Error taking screenshot on error", e);

private File createFolder(EPropertiesNames folderPath)
    String path = PropertiesManager.getInstance().getProperty(folderPath);
    File directoryDate = new File(path);
    try {
        if (!directoryDate.isDirectory()) {
    } catch (Exception e) {
        logger.error("Error creating screenshot directory", e);
    return directoryDate;

As for video recording never used it. I hope it helps.


  • You could probably pump those images out into an animated gif, or import them directly into a video editing program.
    – corsiKa
    Sep 29, 2015 at 21:23

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