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Python Selenese translator

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Selenium IDE lets you create Selenium tests in specially structured HTML (or “Selenese”). These can be easily run on your local machine but do not lend themselves to being run on a server via e.g. Selenium RC.

This dynamically translates suites of Selenese tests into Python unittest.TestCase classes, which can then be run using Selenium RC within the standard Python unit testing framework and using the Python Selenium bindings.


This code is still under construction. It might break randomly and does not currently support more than a fraction of Selenese keywords. If you’d like to improve its behaviour then please add more methods to the class in to map Selenese keywords to Python-binding API calls.


  1. Download Selenium RC

2. Unpack the server JAR at selenium-server-X/selenium-server.jar and run it in the background:

java -jar selenium-server.jar

  1. Check out this repository anywhere on your filesystem.

4. Unpack the Python bindings selenium-python-client-driver-X/ from Selenium RC and place it within this repository


A example file is provided, where it shows how to run tests from files. You can alternatively use a SingleStringAdaptor to create tests from a single string.

If your target is to build tests from a folder (or a set of folders), take a look at the usage of the generate_test_case function in combination with the TestSuiteFileAdaptor.


Functional testing is implemented through Selenese tests.

python [selenium-server]

Known issues

The main issue is that not all of Selenium’s test syntax has been transcribed in yet. Please let me know if your tests fail on a particular Selenium keyword; alternatively, feel free to fork the github repository and add the mapping yourself.


All the functions were created by J.P. Stacey. Development on PySelenese seems to have halted two years ago. I just needed something to translate a HTML Selenese string and this is the best project I’ve found.

Some heavy refactoring needed to take place though, but the heavy part(map the Selenese functions to Python in real time) was already done by Stacey.

Here is the original repo:

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