Gecko Driver – Launching Firefox Browser In Selenium 3

Gecko Driver – Launching Firefox Browser In Selenium 3:

Selenium WebDriver scripts which were working fine yesterday are not working today?

Why it is not working? Every Selenium Tester has this question. The solution is here. We need to have Gecko Driver to run our scripts with the updated Selenium.

Executing Selenium WebDriver Script in Firefox Browser using Gecko Driver:

Here in this post, we see how to run Selenium WebDriver Script in Firefox Browser using Gecko Driver. Moving forward, we need to have geckodriver.exe and Selenium WebDriver.

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Assuming that you have already Installed Selenium WebDriver.

If you want to install Selenium WebDriver, click on the link below to install Selenium WebDriver in few clicks.

How To Download And Install Selenium WebDriver

Each and every browser has its own Driver to execute Selenium WebDriver Scripts. Selenium WebDriver supports browsers such as Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Opera, Safari etc.,

Here we are going to see how to run Selenium WebDriver Script in Firefox Browser using Gecko Driver.

Why Gecko Driver?

Selenium has launched Selenium 3 and if you are using Firefox latest version then you may face some issues.

To launch latest version of Firefox Browser using Selnium 3, we need to set a system property “webdriver.gecko.driver” to the path of executable file “geckodriver.exe”

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Now, let’s see step by step process

Step 1: Download GeckoDriver.exe

Click here to download Gecko driver

Download the latest release of Gecko driver and unzip the downloaded compressed file and keep it somewhere on a known location on your system.

Step 2: Executing the Test Script in Firefox Browser

Find the sample script (using Java) mentioned below to run test script in Firefox browser using Gecko Driver. Execute it to run the test in Firefox browser which will first open Firefox browser and then open the appropriate URL mentioned in the script


Common Issues You May Face:

Issue 1:

If you use old version of mozilla firefox (eg. firefox 45) and latest version of Selenium (Selenium 3.0.1) then you face the below mentioned error.

Exception in thread “main” java.lang.IllegalStateException

Issue 2:

If you use latest version of Mozilla Firefox (eg. Firefox 49) and old version of Selenium (Selenium 2.53) then you face the below mentioned error.

org.openqa.selenium.firefox.NotConnectedException: Unable to connect to host on port 7055 after 45000 ms.

To overcome these issues, you need to download Gecko Driver as shown above.

Launching Firefox Browser In Selenium3 Using Gecko Driver

Sumasri is a Sr. Software Test Engineer. Currently working in an MNC. She is a co-founder of Software Testing Material. She has an exclusive experience in the field of Software Testing. She writes here about Manual Testing and Automation Testing.

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