Introduction and Procedure to Install Selenium Tool in Testing

Selenium is an open source test automation tool to exercise the functional activity in a project. It is a tool used to develop various types of test cases. The Selenium tool is an easy to use Firefox plug-in and basically it is the the most efficient way to develop test cases for a project.

Selenium is the best option for automated testing of Websites these days. This tool is very popular and it is the first choice of organizations for automating the testing of Web-based applications for the GUI as well as the functionality. The Selenium popularity is displayed in the following graph:

Figure-Selenium.jpg

To install the IDE

For the Selenium tool using Firefox first download the IDE from the SeleniumHQ download page.

While installing, the Firefox browser will protect you from installing add-ons from unwanted locations by showing you a message in a yellow bar across the top of the web page; click the "Allow" button so that the Selenium tool can be easily installed.

_images/chapt3_img01_IDE_Installation.png

When we install the Selenium tool into Firefox a popup window will display to install the Selenium IDE.

_images/chapt3_img02_IDE_Installation.png

Click on the Install Now button; Firefox will display a progress bar and when the Firefox finishes the download it displays as in the following image:

_images/chapt3_img03_IDE_Installation.png

After installing the Selenium IDE restart the browser. Click on the "Tools" link in the header of the browser and check for the Selenium IDE as shown in the following image:

_images/chapt3_img04_IDE_Installation.png
Click on the Selenium IDE link under the Tools menu. It opens with an empty script-editing window and a menu for loading or creating new test cases. Now you can use this free tool to automate your test.

_images/chapt3_img05_IDE_open.png