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Start Selenium WebDriver Test Script on your own - Selenium Tutorial

In previous article we have seen about “How to create Selenium WebDriver Test using Selenium IDE – Selenium Tutorial” where we have followed following some simple steps & created our JUnit Selenium WebDriver script:

  1. We have recorded a Test case using in Selenium IDE recording feature.
  2. “Enable Experimental Features” from Selenium IDE options & converted generated HTML code to JUnit 4/Java/WebDriver format.
  3. In Eclipse, created “firstPackage” & Class under Selenium WebDriver project & pasted above automated generated code in class.
  4. One by one resolved all error & warning messages observed in code.
  5. Run the Selenium WebDriver script using JUnit in Eclipse.


Many readers were asking about how to write selenium script without using Selenium IDE recording, so we initiated this post & explained how to start writing Selenium WebDriver script by your own from scratch.

Following steps will guide you to write your own Selenium WebDriver script:


1. Launch Eclipse IDE & create a new Java Project called “SoftwareTestingClass” (To create new Java Project refer post “How to Create Project in Eclipse IDE?”)@@Link Color@@:

selenium webdriver create java project


2. Inside newly created project, create New Package called “home_page” shown in below screenshot:

Selenium Wedriver Create New Package


3. Under newly created Package, create New Class called “OpenURL” shown in below screenshot. The new class is displayed as “”.

Selenium Wedriver Create New Class


4. Once you created class on right side of above image you will the class name is displayed in the code editor. Now within “OpenURL” class create one new method called “openSoftwareTestingClass()” as shown below:

Selenium Webdriver New Method


5. Add “@Test” annotation above method name “openSoftwareTestingClass()”. Once you add this annotation you will display error showing as below screen shot:

JUnit Selenium Webdriver Annotations


6. To resolve this annotation error we have to hover mouse over “@Test” & click on option “Import ‘Test’ (org.junit)” link shown below screenshot:

Selenium Webdriver Test Annotation Error


7. Once you executed above statement, the new import statement called “import org.junit.Test;” will be added in your code shown in below screenshot. Here we have imported pre-defined “Test” class from JUnit framework.

Selenium Webdriver Import Test Annotation


8. To execute test script in Selenium WebDriver we have to specify the web browser on which we have to execute the test script. So here we have created new Object to connect specified browser while executing our test script. In this script we have selected FireFox Browser. (Selenium WebDriver supports different browser like Chrome, Safari etc. based on your requirement you can use the browser in your test script.)

Selenium Webdriver Firefox Browser Driver


9. Now you will see two error in the newly added line above screenshot. In previous step we have imported predefined class from “WebDriver” from “open.openqa.selenium” package into our “SoftwareTestingClass” Class.

To resolve this error we have to hover mouse over ‘WebDriver’ & click on option “Import ‘WebDriver’ (org.openqa.selenium)” link shown below screenshot:

Selenium Webdriver Resolve Error 1

Make sure that once you imported WebDriver the first error is resolved & new import statement is added in the head of the code.


10. Similarly to resolve above second error we have to import predefined class “FirefoxDriver” from “open.openqa.selenium.firefox” package into our “SoftwareTestingClass” Class.

Selenium Webdriver Resolve Error 2


11. Ensure that new Import statement of FirefoxDriver is added in head of the code & all errors are resolved. now inbuilt FirefoxDriver Class functionality can be used in our “SoftwareTestingClass” Class.

Selenium Webdriver Firefox Browser Driver Added


12. Now I know you have question in mind where these line come from & what is exact meaning of this lines. So before going forward lets discuss meaning of each below statement one by one:

WebDriver _driver = new FirefoxDriver( );

  1. WebDriver: It is a predefined imported Class from “open.openqa.selenium”
  2. _driver: This is name of the new object created, it is _driver id object of WebDriver Class. To identify the objects in the code we have added underscore before the object name. This is not compulsion to add this.
  3. To create an object of specified class, new” java keyword is used.
  4. FirefoxDriver is a predefined Class. FirefoxDriver( ) is a predefined constructor calling statement.


13. Have you observed that in the creation statement of WebDriver object, FirefoxDriver( ) class is used without any parameter. If we do not provide any parameter then it picks up the default values & Java program will launch the default FireFox profile. Default profile means launching FireFox in the safe mode i.e. without any extensions.


14. Till now we have resolved all errors observed in the code. Now let’s launch new Webpage URL & quit the FireFox browser session.

In selenium to open the new url type “_driver.get”, now you will see new box is opened will seven options. Choose first option shown in below screenshot:

Selenium Webdriver Get Argument


15. Now just replace “arg0” value with “” shown in below screen shot:

Selenium Webdriver Url To Launch


16. Save the Selenium WebDriver Test and Run the Test using JUnit as shown below:

Selenium Wedriver Run JUnit Test


17. New FireFox browser window is open opened & page “” page is opened as shown in below screen shot:

Selenium Webdriver Launch Url


18. Now we will add next command _driver.quit( );to close the session of the FireFox Browser as shown blow:

Selenium Webdriver Close Browser Session


19. Before conclude this post I want explain few things. Once the new session of FireFox Browser is opened while executing the Selenium WebDriver script, then “WebDriver” text is displayed in red color at bottom right side of the browser.

Selenium Webdriver Test Running


20. Once the test execution is completed, “WebDriver” text color is changes to black as shown in below:

Selenium Webdriver Test Not Running


Over to you
Have you ever executed your Selenium WebDriver script? If no, then what are you waiting for, just follow above simple steps & get kick off to execute your first selenium script. If you have experience on Selenium WebDriver then can you please share experience in comments below.

If you enjoy reading this article please make sure to share it with your friends. Please leave your questions/tips/suggestions in the comment section below and I’ll try to answer as many as I can.

There are different JUnit annotations used like @Before, @Test and @After. In this script, we have use @Test JUnit annotation. In next article we will see different JUnit annotations used in Selenium WebDriver script.

5 comments to Start Selenium WebDriver Test Script on your own – Selenium Tutorial

  • Elizabeth

    Nice, simple example for people starting out with Selenium. Good screenshots and clear instructions to follow. Well done!

  • Arjun

    How should i integrate this test class with Jenkins so that once my build is successfull, it will execute this class.

  • Shobha

    Nice example and good screen shots.use full for beginner

  • chandrasekar

    Hi ,

    i am executing web driver scripts from ubuntu terminal using mvn command

    but it throws error :-
    could not start new session possible cause invalid address of remote server or browser start up problem
    Web driver version 2.33.0
    ubuntu 12.0

  • uday

    how to execute script on any open firefox browser……(with out opening new browser)

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