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R Bindings for Selenium 2.0 Remote WebDriver

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This is a set of R Bindings for Selenium 2.0 Remote WebDriver, which you can download from .This binding will not work with the 1.0 version of Selenium.


To install RSelenium from CRAN run install.packages('RSelenium'). If you require the development version you will need the devtools package. If necessary (install.packages("devtools")) and run:


To get started using RSelenium you can look at the introduction vignette located in /doc/RSelenium-basics.html once RSelenium is installed or run


or the basic vignette can be viewed on Rpubs.

There is a second vignette dealing with running RSelenium on different browsers/OS locally and remotely which can be viewed at RSelenium: Driving OS/Browsers local and remote. Finally you can read all about running a headless browser or running a normal browser on a headless server RSelenium: Headless browsing..

Summary of vignettes

  1. RSelenium: Basics
  2. RSelenium: Driving OS/Browsers local and remote
  3. RSelenium: Testing Shiny Apps
  4. Orange County R Users Group (OC-RUG): RSelenium Webinar
  5. RSelenium: Headless browsing.
  6. RSelenium: Docker Containers

Test Shiny Apps

Use RSelenium to test your Shiny Apps.

Read the introductory tutorial on Rpubs.

Use Sauce Labs and BrowserStack

Sauce Labs

user <- "rselenium0"
pass <- "*******************************"
port <- 80
ip <- paste0(user, ':', pass, "")
browser <- "firefox"
version <- "25"
platform <- "OS X 10.9"
extraCapabilities <- list(name = "Test RSelenium", username = user, accessKey = pass)

remDr <- remoteDriver$new(remoteServerAddr = ip, port = port, browserName = browser
                          , version = version, platform = platform
                          , extraCapabilities = extraCapabilities)


user <- "johnharrison" 
pass <- "*******************"
port <- 80
ip <- paste0(user, ':', pass, "")
extraCapabilities <- list("browser" = "IE",
                          "browser_version" = "7.0",
                          "os" = "Windows",
                          "os_version" = "XP",
                          "browserstack.debug" = "true")
remDr <- remoteDriver$new(remoteServerAddr = ip, port = port
                          , extraCapabilities = extraCapabilities)


  • seleniumPipes seleniumPipes is a lightweight implementation of the w3c webdriver specification. It has been built utilising xml2, httr and magrittr so provides an alternative for users who are familiar with piping.

  • webdriver A client for the 'WebDriver' 'API'. It allows driving a (probably headless) web browser, and can be used to test web applications, including 'Shiny' apps. In theory it works with any 'WebDriver' implementation, but it was only tested with 'PhantomJS'.

  • rwebdriver R bindings to the Webdriver API

  • rdom Render and parse the DOM from R via phantomjs.


The RSelenium package is licensed under the AGPLv3. The help files are licensed under the creative commons attribution, non-commercial, share-alike license CC-NC-SA.

As a summary, the AGPLv3 license requires, attribution, include copyright and license in copies of the software, state changes if you modify the code, and disclose all source code. Details are in the COPYING file.