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How to run your first Selenium WebDriver script - Selenium WebDriver Tutorial

In previous article we have seen about What is Selenium Webdriver?
In this article we are concentrating on implementation of the WebDriver, we will see how to selenium webdriver download and configure the Selenium Webdriver with Eclipse & run your first selenium web driver script.

Selenium WebDriver installation is divided in to simple steps to get & learn how to Install & configure WebDriver to kick of your automation testing. Also we will run your first automation script using WebDriver.

Step 1) Download & Install Java on your Computer

Before start working with the Learn Selenium WebDriver, we will need the first download Java Development Kit (JDK).

Here you can download Java Development Kit (JDK).

Download Java Development Kit (JDK)

Download Java Development Kit (JDK)

Step 2) Install Eclipse on your computer

Eclipse is open source software development environment written in Java. It supports supports multiple languages. In this tutorial we will using Eclipse to write the code in Java & execute your first test script.

Here you can download “Eclipse IDE for Java Developers

Make sure that you are downloading correct version of Eclipse based on the Windows 32 or 64 bit version.

Download “Eclipse IDE" for Java Developers

Download “Eclipse IDE” for Java Developers

Once you select the windows version based on your requirement, you should be able to download a “” ZIP file.

Once you successfully download the ZIP file, extract the ZIP file in your PC.

For Eclipse, you do not need any installation; just double click on “eclipse.exe” file in the extracted ZIP folder.

Step 3) Download Selenium Java Client Driver

Selenium client driver is available in the different languages like Java, C#, Ruby, Python etc. But in this article we are concentrating on Java language.

Here you can download “Selenium Java Client Driver

Download “Selenium Java Client Driver”

Download “Selenium Java Client Driver”

Once you click on Download link for Java client then you should be able to download a “” ZIP file.

Once you successfully download the ZIP file, extract the ZIP file in your PC in the directory “C:\selenium- java-2.31.0”. You will see JARs files in extracted folder which would be imported in to Eclipse before running our first Selenium WebDriver script.

Step 4) Configure Eclipse with Selenium WebDriver

In Step 2 we have installed Eclipse, just Launch the “eclipse.exe” file from the extracted Eclipse folder.

Once you open the “eclipse.exe” file then it will ask you to select the workspace, here you can select the path where you want to save Eclipse project.

Selenium WebDriver workspace in eclipse

Selenium WebDriver workspace in eclipse

First step is to create a Java Project:

  • Go to File menu > New > Java Project.
  • Enter Project Name as “Selenium_webdriver_project”
  • Click on Finish button.
Create Java Project - Selenium WebDriver

Create Java Project – Selenium WebDriver

Second step is to create a Class under Java project:

  • Under newly created project “Selenium_webdriver_project” you will see the “src“ folder & right click on the “src” folder & create the new class as “Webdriver_class”.
Create Java Class - Selenium WebDriver

Create Java Class – Selenium WebDriver

Once you created the class you will see the Eclipse screen like this.

Start with Eclipse

Start with Eclipse

  • Right click on “Selenium_webdriver_project” & select Properties option.
  • Select “Java Build Path” option in the left side of the Properties dialog box.
  • Click on Libraries tab
  • Click on “Add External JARs..” button.
  • Select the extracted Selenium Java Client Driver folder downloaded in Step3 & add all JAR files present in the inside & outside of the “libs” folder. Once you select these JAR files then your properties folder will look like as below.
Import External- Selenium Client JAR Files

Import External- Selenium Client JAR Files

  • Click on OK in the Properties dialog box to import.

Step 5) Run your first Selenium WebDriver script.

Once you complete the Step 1 to Step 4 then you are ready to execute your first WebDriver script. You can just copy paste the code written below & click on Run button to execute your first script. Code below which is written to opens the new Firefox browser window & open the Google page in it. It also read the Title of the page & close the browser window.

//Run yout First Selenium WebDriver script by copy paste below code after executing above five simple steps.

import org.openqa.selenium.WebDriver;
import org.openqa.selenium.firefox.FirefoxDriver;

public class Webdriver_class
   public static void main(String[] args)
       WebDriver driver = new FirefoxDriver();


In the next module we will see some more Selenium Webdriver tutorials & its features. Working with the WebDriver is really interesting, you will love these modules as it has got so many information on WebDriver & Selenium which help you a lot while doing the interviews & while doing automation testing using. Stay tuned for more updates


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25 comments to How to run your first Selenium WebDriver script – Selenium WebDriver Tutorial

  • Sujit

    good job. very helpful

  • Dipti

    Am really thankful for providing detailed info.. as i joined small s/w company.. and am being so confused, what to do first, and how to test…

    Thank u once again

  • Neha

    Great Work!!! very useful …

  • Tareq

    The indetails practical information about webdriver is helpful for fresher

  • Neeraj Dixit

    Hi, Nice artical. I just started to read about testing tools and i started to read manual testing. Please give an advice do i need to start on manual or Automation.

  • Prachi

    Hi I am looking for the next article as you mentioned in the conclusion (where you will be providing information about Selenium Web driver tutorials & its features) , have you published if so please post the URL for the same . Thanks in advance !!

  • Pavan

    Good Going… Nice one. Keep Going. Doing really Great Job.

  • soma sekhar chamakuri

    Thanks alot for giving this informative website.I’ve been getting information clearly

  • harikishore


  • Anil

    Excellent one….All articles are awesome:)

  • seth

    Link for next tutorial???

  • Vaibhav

    It’s wonderful post.Clears basic idea to start webdriver…waiting for your next post.

  • Prasath M

    I followed above steps.

    I am using firefox 24.0.
    I used selenium-2.37.0 jars.

    But I am getting this error.
    Please help me to avoid this error.

    org.openqa.selenium.firefox.NotConnectedException: Unable to connect to host on port 7056 after 45000 ms. Firefox console output:
    *** LOG addons.manager: Application has been upgraded
    *** LOG addons.xpi: startup
    *** LOG addons.xpi: Skipping unavailable install location app-system-local
    *** LOG addons.xpi: Skipping unavailable install location app-system-share
    *** LOG addons.xpi: Ignoring file entry whose name is not a valid add-on ID: C:\Users\prasathm\AppData\Local\Temp\anonymous5105779955122335603webdriver-profile\extensions\webdriver-staging
    *** LOG addons.xpi: checkForChanges
    *** Blocklist::_loadBlocklistFromFile: blocklist is disabled
    *** LOG addons.xpi: Installed distribution add-on {635abd67-4fe9-1b23-4f01-e679fa7484c1}

    • Danny

      im getting

      Exception in thread “main” java.lang.Error: Unresolved compilation problems:
      The method get(String) is undefined for the type Webdriver_class
      Syntax error, insert “;” to complete Statement
      The method getTitle() is undefined for the type Webdriver_class
      The method close() is undefined for the type Webdriver_class

      at Webdriver_class.main(

    • sydeesh

      Hi prasath,

      check you firefox version that has been updated by latest version so you need add selenium 38 jar file in your project build path by deleting existing.


  • prabhat yadav

    when i run the programm as the java application i get a option to select java application . which option i have to select there. ??

  • lili

    i am going to download selenium web driver but when I click download link this error appears:
    403. That’s an error.
    Request not allowed from your country That’s all we know
    i,e I dont accecc
    Dont you know another way or link I can download it
    thanks alot

  • Suresh

    Superrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.. no words !

  • Swaroop

    I have followed the above steps properly but I am getting the error-NoClassDefFoundError. Please help me to resolve this issue.

    Exception in thread “main” java.lang.NoClassDefFoundError: com/google/common/base/Function

    at com.tcs.webdriver.Webdriver.main(

  • Sanjaya

    Really very useful for fresheres

  • Mehul Solanki

    Nice article… its really useful to me and my team members.

  • Snehal

    Thank you so much. I done it in one time. Superb!!!!

  • Chrsitina

    Thank you so much.

  • chatura

    it is not working on my machine
    shows following error

    Exception in thread “main” java.lang.ExceptionInInitializerError
    at org.openqa.selenium.firefox.FirefoxBinary.(
    at org.openqa.selenium.firefox.FirefoxBinary.(
    at org.openqa.selenium.firefox.FirefoxDriver.(
    at Selenium.main(
    Caused by: org.openqa.selenium.WebDriverException: ‘webdriver.firefox.bin’ property set, but unable to locate the requested binary: C:\Firefox Setup.exe
    Build info: version: ‘2.52.0’, revision: ‘4c2593c’, time: ‘2016-02-11 19:03:33’
    System info: host: ‘User-8-PC’, ip: ‘’, ‘Windows 7’, os.arch: ‘amd64’, os.version: ‘6.1’, java.version: ‘1.8.0_60’
    Driver info: driver.version: FirefoxDriver
    at org.openqa.selenium.firefox.internal.Executable.locateFirefoxBinaryFromSystemProperty(
    at org.openqa.selenium.firefox.internal.Executable.(
    … 4 more

  • Prabu

    Hi All,

    I have followed the above steps to configure Selenium Webdriver and I am unable to continue and facing the below mentioned error message. Can someone help me regarding this issue.

    Exception in thread “main” java.lang.NoClassDefFoundError: com/google/common/base/Function
    at Webdriver_class.main(
    Caused by: java.lang.ClassNotFoundException:
    at java.lang.ClassLoader.loadClass(
    at sun.misc.Launcher$AppClassLoader.loadClass(
    at java.lang.ClassLoader.loadClass(
    … 1 more

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