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We believe that this article throws light on how plugins can extend Selenium's default behaviour, by adding additional commands and locators, bootstrapping setup before and after a test runs.

Selenium Plugins

This article throws light on available Selenium plugins and its features. There are umpteen number of plugins available in the market, we will see the most popular ones which are widely used.

Selenium IDE

Selenium IDE brings the benefit of functional test automation to many testers and frontend developers. It came as a record and playback tool for Firefox browser back in 2006, Selenium IDE is now cross-browser, and it is available as Google chrome extension and Firefox Add-on.

Applitools for Selenium IDE

While speaking about new plugins, Applitools is a great visual AI tool, which introduces a new Selenium IDE plugin to add AI powered visual validations. Visual checkpoints are a great way to ensure whether a UI renders correctly or not. It lets you to visually test your webpages on Applitools Visual Grid which enables you to test across a combination of browsers, and devices. It would be painful to maintain a bunch of assert statements on all the UI elements for one visual checkpoint Applitools address this.

BlazeMeter Chrome Extension

You can run a performance test using this chrome browser extension – BlazeMeter. It records the Selenium test scripts for your load testing by recording all the HTTP/S requests that your browser sends. The multi test feature in BlazeMeter allows you to aggregate and run both Selenium and JMeter tests, run them in parallel and synchronize them.

ChroPath

ChroPath is a top rated XPath tool, which comes as a Chrome plugin. It is a great tool to edit, inspect XPath and CSS Selectors. ChroPath generates a unique relative XPath and CSS Selector for the elements selected.

Ranorex Selocity

Ranorex auto-generates robust XPath, link text, RanoreXPath, and CSS selectors to use with Selenium. You can obtain selectors with one click, and copy them into your locators in Selenium. If you choose to modify a selector, Ranorex Selocity provides instant feedback to check whether the selector is valid or not. In addition to the selector definition, Ranorex Selocity displays the number of matching elements for the selector, along with action buttons to copy and modify the selector. If you hover over the selectors, you can see the matched elements on the website.

Selenium Page Object Generator

This chrome extension helps in creating the page object class for Selenium WebDriver with locators for all available elements and methods to access them. It generates a Page Object Model on the active Chrome tab with a single click, provided all the options and template are configured. The generated Page Object Model can be saved to the pre-configured Chrome download folder. By using this plugin, you can generate Page Object classes for Java, C#, and Robot Framework.

Katalon Recorder

It will let you capture the web elements and record the actions performed on the web app. It allows you to create new test cases, edit existing test cases and play automated test cases. You can record and export Selenium scripts in Katalon Studio easily. In Katalon recorder, you use all Selenese commands, control statements, and import test data from a CSV file.

WebDriver Scripting Assistant

It is a Chrome plugin from AppDynamics. Application Performance Monitoring needs to locate web objects in order to track end-user actions like Tap, Click, and Swipe. You can use WebDriver Scripting Assistant plugin to identify any element on the web page via their CSS selector.

Page Modeller

It is an excellent plugin for automation testing engineers as it supports multiple languages to write the test scripts. It saves a lot of time when developing WebDriver based automation using a best Page Object model approach in a range of languages. It enables the developers to scan a web page and generate page object style code for various tools, languages and frameworks and test the UI locators in the browser.

Chromedriver Jenkins Plugin

It is essential to integrate selenium testing into a continuous integration servers like Jenkins. It can be done using Jenkins plugin which downloads and installs ChromeDriver binary automatically in every slave.

AutoAction

AutoAction plugin opens real browser and execute the actions, so the browser is required to be installed at the machine hosting Jenkins server. This is a simple Jenkins plugin which allows you to write Selenium steps in Build section. If you have a requirement to write Selenium script in a Jenkins job instead of configuring from a Java or Python file, then this is the ideal choice for you. You can write the scripts using flat lines format. Refer the sample code script below.

Open https://accounts.google.com/SignUp?lp=1&hl=en
Input Auto First Name
Input Action Last Name
Input autoaction2019 Username
Input autoaction123 Password
Input autoaction123 Confirm
Click Next

Conclusion

As an expert Selenium Testing Services provider, we believe that this article throws light on how plugins can extend Selenium’s default behaviour, by adding additional commands and locators, bootstrapping setup before and after a test runs. We recommend you install and use each of them, so that you can arrive at a conclusion that which plug-in suits you the most. We hope you enjoyed reading this article, happy reading!

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This article throws light on available Selenium plugins and its features. There are umpteen number of plugins available in the market, we will see the most popular ones which are widely used.

Selenium IDE

Selenium IDE brings the benefit of functional test automation to many testers and frontend developers. It came as a record and playback tool for Firefox browser back in 2006, Selenium IDE is now cross-browser, and it is available as Google chrome extension and Firefox Add-on.

Applitools for Selenium IDE

While speaking about new plugins, Applitools is a great visual AI tool, which introduces a new Selenium IDE plugin to add AI powered visual validations. Visual checkpoints are a great way to ensure whether a UI renders correctly or not. It lets you to visually test your webpages on Applitools Visual Grid which enables you to test across a combination of browsers, and devices. It would be painful to maintain a bunch of assert statements on all the UI elements for one visual checkpoint Applitools address this.

BlazeMeter Chrome Extension

You can run a performance test using this chrome browser extension – BlazeMeter. It records the Selenium test scripts for your load testing by recording all the HTTP/S requests that your browser sends. The multi test feature in BlazeMeter allows you to aggregate and run both Selenium and JMeter tests, run them in parallel and synchronize them.

ChroPath

ChroPath is a top rated XPath tool, which comes as a Chrome plugin. It is a great tool to edit, inspect XPath and CSS Selectors. ChroPath generates a unique relative XPath and CSS Selector for the elements selected.

Ranorex Selocity

Ranorex auto-generates robust XPath, link text, RanoreXPath, and CSS selectors to use with Selenium. You can obtain selectors with one click, and copy them into your locators in Selenium. If you choose to modify a selector, Ranorex Selocity provides instant feedback to check whether the selector is valid or not. In addition to the selector definition, Ranorex Selocity displays the number of matching elements for the selector, along with action buttons to copy and modify the selector. If you hover over the selectors, you can see the matched elements on the website.

Selenium Page Object Generator

This chrome extension helps in creating the page object class for Selenium WebDriver with locators for all available elements and methods to access them. It generates a Page Object Model on the active Chrome tab with a single click, provided all the options and template are configured. The generated Page Object Model can be saved to the pre-configured Chrome download folder. By using this plugin, you can generate Page Object classes for Java, C#, and Robot Framework.

Katalon Recorder

It will let you capture the web elements and record the actions performed on the web app. It allows you to create new test cases, edit existing test cases and play automated test cases. You can record and export Selenium scripts in Katalon Studio easily. In Katalon recorder, you use all Selenese commands, control statements, and import test data from a CSV file.

WebDriver Scripting Assistant

It is a Chrome plugin from AppDynamics. Application Performance Monitoring needs to locate web objects in order to track end-user actions like Tap, Click, and Swipe. You can use WebDriver Scripting Assistant plugin to identify any element on the web page via their CSS selector.

Page Modeller

It is an excellent plugin for automation testing engineers as it supports multiple languages to write the test scripts. It saves a lot of time when developing WebDriver based automation using a best Page Object model approach in a range of languages. It enables the developers to scan a web page and generate page object style code for various tools, languages and frameworks and test the UI locators in the browser.

Chromedriver Jenkins Plugin

It is essential to integrate selenium testing into a continuous integration servers like Jenkins. It can be done using Jenkins plugin which downloads and installs ChromeDriver binary automatically in every slave.

AutoAction

AutoAction plugin opens real browser and execute the actions, so the browser is required to be installed at the machine hosting Jenkins server. This is a simple Jenkins plugin which allows you to write Selenium steps in Build section. If you have a requirement to write Selenium script in a Jenkins job instead of configuring from a Java or Python file, then this is the ideal choice for you. You can write the scripts using flat lines format. Refer the sample code script below.

Open https://accounts.google.com/SignUp?lp=1&hl=en
Input Auto First Name
Input Action Last Name
Input autoaction2019 Username
Input autoaction123 Password
Input autoaction123 Confirm
Click Next

Conclusion

As an expert Selenium Testing Services provider, we believe that this article throws light on how plugins can extend Selenium’s default behaviour, by adding additional commands and locators, bootstrapping setup before and after a test runs. We recommend you install and use each of them, so that you can arrive at a conclusion that which plug-in suits you the most. We hope you enjoyed reading this article, happy reading!