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This is a Selenium client for Go. It supports the WebDriver protocol and has been tested on Selenium WebDriver and ChromeDriver.

selenium is currently maintained by Eric Garrido (@minusnine).



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Docs are at


  • Finish full WebDriver API.
  • Add usage examples
  • Test Chrome interaction on Travis. Currently, only Firefox is tested.
  • Any additional TODOs marked in the code.
  • Allow testing on Windows and OS X.

Known issues

Selenium 2

  1. Selenium 2 does not support versions of Firefox newer than 47.0.2.

Selenium 3 and Geckodriver

  1. Geckodriver GetAllCookies does not return the expiration date of the cookie.
  2. Selenium 3 NewSession does not implement the W3C-specified parameters.
  3. The Proxy object is misinterpreted by Geckodriver when passed through by Selenium 3.
  4. Maximizing the browser window hangs.
  5. Geckodriver does not support the Log API because it hasn't been defined in the spec yet.
  6. Firefox via Geckodriver (and also through Selenium) doesn't handle clicking on an element.
  7. Firefox via Geckodriver doesn't handle sending control characters without appending a terminating null key.

The Geckodriver team recommends using the newest available Firefox version, as the integration is actively being developed.

Geckodriver (Standalone)

The Geckodriver team are actively iterating on support for the W3C standard and routinely break the existing API. Support for the newest Geckodriver version within this API will likely lag for a time after its release; we expect the lag to only be several days to a small number of weeks.

Using Geckodriver without Selenium usually has the above known issues as well.


  1. ChromeDriver has not yet implemented the nascent W3C standard. So far, this only means that GetCookie is not available for Chrome.


  1. Enabling Javscript support in HTMLUnit using Selenium WebDriver 3.4 seems broken, with the root cause not yet diagnosed.


Patches are encouraged through GitHub pull requests. Please ensure that a test is added for anything more than a trivial change and that the existing tests pass.

Download Dependencies

First, download the ChromeDriver binary, the Firefox binary and the Selenium WebDriver JARs:

$ cd vendor
$ go run init.go
$ cd ..

You only have to do this once initially and later when version numbers in init.go change.

Ensure that the chromium binary is in your path. If the binary is named differently, run the tests with the flags --chrome_binary=<binary name>.

Testing Locally

Run the tests:

$ go test 
  • There is one top-level test for each of:

    1. Chromium and ChromeDriver.
    2. A new version of Firefox and Selenium 3.
    3. An old version of Firefox and Selenium 2.
    4. HTMLUnit, a Java-based lightweight headless browser implementation.
    5. A new version of Firefox directly against Geckodriver, if the --run_direct_deckodriver_tests flag is provided. (This has known-failing tests and is considered experimental).

    There are subtests that are shared between both top-level tests.

  • To run only one of the top-level tests, pass,, or To run a specific subtest, pass<Browser>/<subtest> as appropriate. This flag supports regular expressions.

  • If the Chrome or Firefox binaries, the Selenium JAR, the Geckodriver binary, or the ChromeDriver binary cannot be found, the corresponding tests will be skipped.

  • The binaries and JAR under test can be configured by passing flags to go test. See the available flags with go test --arg --help.

  • Add the argument -test.v to see detailed output from Selenium and the browsers.

Testing With Docker

You will need an installed and running Docker system.

To run the tests under Docker, run:

$ go test --docker

This will create a new Docker container and run the tests in it. (Note: flags supplied to this invocation are not curried through to the go test invocation within the Docker container).

For debugging docker directly, run the following commands:

$ docker build -t go-selenium testing/
$ docker run --volume=${GOPATH?}:/code --workdir=/code/src/ -it go-selenium bash


This project is licensed under the MIT license.