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  • Difference between Selenium IDE, Selenium RC and WebDriver

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    Here, we discuss the difference between Selenium IDE, Selenium RC and WebDriver:

     

     

    Feature Selenium IDE Selenium RC WebDriver
    Browser Compatibility It works as a Firefox plugin, so it supports only Firefox It supports different versions of Firefox, Chrome, IE and Opera It supports different versions of Firefox, Chrome, IE and Opera. Also, it supports HtmlUnitDriver which is a GUI less browser.
    Record and Playback It supports record and playback feature It does not supports record and playback feature It does not supports record and playback feature
    Server Requirement There is no need to start any server before executing the test scripts It requires to start a  server before executing the test scripts There is no need to start any server before executing the test scripts
    Architecture It is a Javascript based framework It is a Javascript based framework It uses the browser's native compatibility to automation
    Object Oriented It is not an object oriented tool It is semi object oriented tool It is a purely object oriented tool
    Dynamic Finders (for locating web elements on a webpage) It does not support dynamic finders It does not support dynamic finders It supports dynamic finders
    Handling Alerts, Navigations, Dropdowns It does not provides support to handle alerts, navigations, dropdowns It does not provides support to handle alerts, navigations, dropdowns It provides many utilities and classes which helps to hande this.
    WAP (iPhone/Android) Testing It does not support testing of iPhone/Andriod applications It does not support testing of iPhone/Andriod applications It supports iPhone/Android applications testing.
    Listener Support It does not support listeners It does not support listeners It supports the implementation of Listeners
    Speed It is plugged in with the web-browser which launched the test so it is fast. IDE and browser communicates directly It does not communicates directly with the browser so it is slower than WebDriver. It communicates directly with the web browsers so it is fast.

     

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