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Selenium WebDriver for Safari 8

4.2.2015 | 1 minutes of reading time

This is just a short note on how to get the Selenium WebDiver installed and running for the browser Safari (ver. 8) under Mac OS 10.10 “Yosemite” . It isn’t that easy to find the solution on the internet.

Core insight is that you need a WebDriver extension to make it work. Without the extension you get an exception:
WebDriverException: Message: Failed to connect to SafariDriver after 10065 ms
java.util.concurrent.ExecutionException: org.openqa.selenium.WebDriverException: java.lang.reflect.InvocationTargetException

So, here are the steps. We use Selenium 2.44.0

  • Download the Selenium stand-alone server selenium-server-standalone-2.44.0.jar from this location .
  • Unpack the jar file in an empty folder. E.g., jar xf selenium-server-standalone-2.44.0.jar.
  • Locate the file SafariDriver.safariextz. It is in org/openqa/selenium/safari
  • Open Safari -> Preferences -> Extensions (tab)
  • Install the extension by dragging the file SafariDriver.safariextz onto the Extensions Tab.
  • Make sure the WebDriver extension is activated.
  • Your extensions window should look like this
  • You can now delete the folder you unpacked the selenium-server-standalone-2.44.0.jar into.
  • Move selenium-server-standalone-2.44.0.jar into some suitable library folder. E.g., create a folder Selenium in /Library and move the file there. Any other place does as well.
  • Finally, you need to set the environment variable SELENIUM_SERVER_JAR to point to selenium-server-standalone-2.44.0.jar (absolute path including jar file name).
    E.g., in a shell: export SELENIUM_SERVER_JAR=/Library/Selenium/selenium-server-standalone-2.44.0.jar.
  • You’re done.

This post owes much to this selenium issue discussion .

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