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Selenium SIDE Runner

Runs exported Selenium IDE tests in command line


Node.js is required to use selenium-side-runner.
The project guarantees support for the active LTS major version (e.g. 8 & 10).

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 "chromeOptions.binary='/Applications/Google Chrome'"

Chrome specific list capabilities (headless)

selenium-side-runner -c "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.

But it works in the IDE.

That is because the IDE calculates locator strategies differently than the runner, it is a known current issue.


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