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This enhances selenium's webdriver to simplify the interface and capture screenshots along the way. When run it will output html with screenshots of different scenarios. This uses python3.4+ only.


pip install uw-webdriver-recorder

Maintaining this plugin

It is highly recommended that you create a virtualenv in your repository directory:

python3 -m virtualenv env  # Run once
source env/bin/activate

Otherwise, you'll need to make sure that dependencies for this package are natively discoverable on your system. See Requirements.

To test this plugin, make sure you have tox installed (pip install tox) then run tox. This will test, lint, and run coverage reports. (If you have a virtualenv, make sure to activate it before running tox.)

To build this plugin for release, you can do python sdist, to prepare for uploading to PyPI, or you can install to a local python environment with pip install . or even python install. All of these options should work just fine depending on your needs. A

A note about local installation: Installing by any means other than pip install uw-webdriver-recorder will show a version of 0.0.1; that is because our versioning is managed by our repository tags and is only properly resolved by our release process.


You must have chromedriver available in your environment. See the official documentation to understand the driver and its installation process.

Installing and configuring the chromedriver

For the purposes of testing and maintaining this package, there is a convenience script to help download and install the chromedriver, a required binary for this plugin. For development, it is recommended that you install chromedriver to your virtualenv like so:

python3 -m virtualenv env
CHROMEDRIVER_DIST=mac64 ./   # The default install location is in env/bin

Then, it will always be in your path, as long as your working in your virtualenv (source env/bin/activate).

This script is not installed as part of this plugin, and is only available from the git repository. There are a number of solutions available to install chromedriver on your system, but this plugin does not assume that responsibility.

If your system has chromedriver installed somewhere undiscoverable, you can explicitly provide the correct path by setting the CHROME_BIN environment variable:

CHROME_BIN="/path/to/google-chrome-stable" pytest

Running it

Assume the following file:

You would then run the test with


You can also pass the following options:

# The directory to store report artifacts. Defaults to ./webdriver-report
--report-dir /path/to/output  
# defaults to localhost:4444, only used with the `remote_chrome` fixture
--selenium-server http://some.remote.selenium/endpoint  

When the test completes, you will have file webdriver-report/index.html, with a screenshot for every wait_for() in your test. You can also call browser.snap() to take a screenshot at any time.

Pytest Fixtures

To see examples of these fixtures and how they are used, refer to tests/

browser: The main interface for this plugin. By default, uses Chrome, but you may substitute your own as needed.

chrome: Same as above, but is always Chrome.

remote_chrome: (untested) A Chrome browser proxy to a running remote selenium server.

report_dir: The directory where report artifacts are stored (see above)

report_generator: Used to explicitly generate reports. Synonymous with browser_recorder.plugin.generate_report but available as a fixture for convenience. (By default, reports are only generated at the end of a testing session.)

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