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⚙️ WebDriver Installation

Installing webdrivers

To run web automation, you'll need webdrivers for each browser you plan on using. With SeleniumBase, drivers are downloaded automatically as needed into the SeleniumBase drivers folder.

You can also download drivers manually with these commands:

seleniumbase get chromedriver
seleniumbase get geckodriver
seleniumbase get edgedriver

After running the commands above, web drivers will get downloaded into the seleniumbase/drivers/ folder. SeleniumBase uses those drivers during tests. (The drivers don't come with SeleniumBase by default.)

If the necessary driver is not found in this location while running tests, SeleniumBase will instead look for the driver on the System PATH. If the necessary driver is not on the System PATH either, SeleniumBase will automatically attempt to download the required driver.

  • You can also download specific versions of drivers. Examples:
sbase get chromedriver 107
sbase get chromedriver 107.0.5304.62
sbase get chromedriver latest
sbase get chromedriver latest-1
sbase get edgedriver 106.0.1370.42

(NOTE: sbase is a shortcut for seleniumbase)


If you plan on using the Selenium Grid integration (which allows for remote webdriver), you'll need to put the drivers on your System PATH. On macOS and Linux, /usr/local/bin is a good PATH spot. On Windows, you may need to set the System PATH under Environment Variables to include the location where you placed the driver files. As a shortcut, you could place the driver files into your Python Scripts/ folder in the location where you have Python installed, which should already be on your System PATH.

Here's where you can go to manually get web drivers from the source:

macOS shortcuts:

  • You can also install drivers by using brew (aka homebrew):
brew install --cask chromedriver

brew install geckodriver

You can also upgrade existing webdrivers:

brew upgrade --cask chromedriver

brew upgrade geckodriver

Linux shortcuts:

If you still need the web drivers, here are some scripts to help you get chromedriver and geckodriver on a Linux machine:

wget https://chromedriver.storage.googleapis.com/72.0.3626.69/chromedriver_linux64.zip
unzip chromedriver_linux64.zip
mv chromedriver /usr/local/bin/
chmod +x /usr/local/bin/chromedriver
wget https://github.com/mozilla/geckodriver/releases/download/v0.32.0/geckodriver-v0.32.0-linux64.tar.gz
tar xvfz geckodriver-v0.32.0-linux64.tar.gz
mv geckodriver /usr/local/bin/
chmod +x /usr/local/bin/geckodriver

To verify that web drivers are working, follow these instructions.