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Selenium SIDE Runner

Runs exported Selenium IDE tests in command line


Node.js is required to use the Selenium side-runner. The project guarantees support for the active LTS major version (e.g. 10 & 12).
NOTE: The minimum supported version of Node is now 10.15.0 LTS

yarn global add selenium-side-runner
npm install -g selenium-side-runner


selenium-side-runner project.side project2.side *.side

Passing capabilities

selenium-side-runner -c "browserName=chrome platform=MAC"

Passing nested capabilities

selenium-side-runner -c "goog:chromeOptions.binary='/Applications/Google Chrome'"

Chrome specific list capabilities (headless)

selenium-side-runner -c "goog:chromeOptions.args=[disable-infobars, headless]"

Running on remote WebDriver server

selenium-side-runner --server http://localhost:4444/wd/hub

Filter tests

Will only run tests matching the filter selenium-side-runner --filter mytest

Changing the base URL

Change the base URL that the tests were recorded with, note that it will not affect tests that used absolute URLs. selenium-side-runner --base-url


All of the configuration can be written in the .side.yml file, the runner will load it from the current working directory automatically.

Example usage

  browserName: "firefox"
baseUrl: ""
server: "http://localhost:4444/wd/hub"

Advanced features

Running on multiple workers

Running tests faster through the use of multiple workers
selenium-side-runner -w 4
The runner will automatically set the number of workers to the amount of cores available, for most cases this is the best result.
Note: unless you specified that a suite is parallel, it will still run the contained tests sequentially, though the runner will run suites in parallel by default.
To mark a suite's tests as parallel, set that in the suite's settings in the IDE.

Using a proxy server

selenium-side-runner can pass proxy capabilities to the browser using the following schemes.

direct proxy

Configures WebDriver to bypass all browser proxies.
selenium-side-runner --proxy-type=direct

proxyType: direct
manual proxy

Manually configures the browser proxy.
selenium-side-runner --proxy-type=manual --proxy-options="http=localhost:434 bypass=[http://localhost:434, http://localhost:8080]"

proxyType: manual
  http: http://localhost:434
  https: http://localhost:434
  ftp: http://localhost:434
    - http://localhost:8080
    - http://host:434
    - http://somethingelse:32
pac proxy

Configures WebDriver to configure the browser proxy using the PAC file at the given URL.
selenium-side-runner --proxy-type=pac --proxy-options="http://localhost/pac"

proxyType: pac
proxyOptions: http://localhost/pac
socks proxy

Creates a proxy configuration for a socks proxy.
selenium-side-runner --proxy-type=socks --proxy-options="socksProxy=localhost:434 socksVersion=5"

proxyType: socks
  socksProxy: localhost:434
  socksVersion: 5
system proxy

Configures WebDriver to use the current system's proxy.
selenium-side-runner --proxy-type=system

proxyType: system


I'm getting an error similar to Unknown locator ${vars.something}

When running your projects make sure that the command is aware of the locator strategy before variables are evaluated.
For example click | id=${myButton} vs click | ${idOfMyButton}.
Always use the first one, since the strategy is hardcoded in the command, the second would yield an error.



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