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How To Install Selenium Python Webdriver

Selenium Python bindings provides a simple API to write functional/acceptance tests using Selenium WebDriver. Most of the Python Selenium libraries are very similar to Selenium .Net or Java libraries. 

Selenium Python bindings offers developers and QA engineers  a convenient API to access Selenium WebDrivers like Firefox, Ie, Chrome, Remote etc. The current supported Python versions are 2.7, 3.2, 3.3 and 3.4.

To use Python Selenium bindings, you need to install Python language and Python Selenium bindings. This articles explains how to install Python Selenium bindings in Windows environment.

How To Install Selenium Python Webdriver

Step 1: Install Python 3.4 using the Windows binary installer package. If you are using 32bit windows, download this package "Python 3.4.0 Windows x86 MSI Installer" and install it. For 64 bit windows, download and install the package  "Python 3.4.0 Windows X86-64 MSI Installer"

Step 2:  python is installed at C:\Python34 folder by default. Start a command prompt using the "cmd.exe" program and run the "pip.exe" command as given below to install or upgrade selenium. 

C:\Python34\Scripts\pip.exe install -U selenium

Alternatively, you can download the source distribution selenium-2.41.tar.gz , unarchive it, and run the command below:

python setup.py install

Step 3:  test Python and Selenium library installation. Open Python 3.4.0 Shell and type the following command. This code will launch Google page if Python and Selenium bindings are installed correctly. 


from selenium import webdriver
browser=webdriver.Firefox()
browser.get('http://www.google.com')

More information can be found on Python Selenium site.