A wrapper for the selenium chromedriver.
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An NPM wrapper for Selenium ChromeDriver.

Building and Installing

npm install chromedriver

Or grab the source and

node ./install.js

What this is really doing is just grabbing a particular "blessed" (by this module) version of ChromeDriver. As new versions are released and vetted, this module will be updated accordingly.

The package has been set up to fetch and run ChromeDriver for MacOS (darwin), Linux based platforms (as identified by nodejs), and Windows. If you spot any platform weirdnesses, let us know or send a patch.

Custom binaries url

To use a mirror of the ChromeDriver binaries use npm config property chromedriver_cdnurl. Default is http://chromedriver.storage.googleapis.com.

npm install chromedriver --chromedriver_cdnurl=http://npm.taobao.org/mirrors/chromedriver

Or add property into your .npmrc file.


Another option is to use PATH variable CHROMEDRIVER_CDNURL.

CHROMEDRIVER_CDNURL=http://npm.taobao.org/mirrors/chromedriver npm install chromedriver


bin/chromedriver [arguments]

And npm will install a link to the binary in node_modules/.bin as it is wont to do.

Running with Selenium WebDriver

var webdriver = require('selenium-webdriver');
var driver = new webdriver.Builder()

(Tested for selenium-webdriver version 2.48.2)

The path will be added to the process automatically, you don't need to configure it. But you can get it from require('chromedriver').path if you want it.

Running via node

The package exports a path string that contains the path to the chromdriver binary/executable.

Below is an example of using this package via node.

var childProcess = require('child_process');
var chromedriver = require('chromedriver');
var binPath = chromedriver.path;

var childArgs = [
  'some argument'

childProcess.execFile(binPath, childArgs, function(err, stdout, stderr) {
  // handle results

You can also use the start and stop methods:

var chromedriver = require('chromedriver');

args = [
    // optional arguments
// run your tests

Note: if your tests are ran asynchronously, chromedriver.stop() will have to be executed as a callback at the end of your tests


The NPM package version tracks the version of chromedriver that will be installed, with an additional build number that is used for revisions to the installer.

A Note on chromedriver

Chromedriver is not a library for NodeJS.

This is an NPM wrapper and can be used to conveniently make ChromeDriver available It is not a Node JS wrapper.


Questions, comments, bug reports, and pull requests are all welcome. Submit them at the project on GitHub.

Bug reports that include steps-to-reproduce (including code) are the best. Even better, make them in the form of pull requests.


Giovanni Bassi

Thanks for Obvious and their PhantomJS project for heavy inspiration! Check their project on Github.


Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0.