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Selenium IDE is an integrated development environment for Selenium scripts. It is implemented as a Firefox extension, and allows you to record, edit, and debug tests. Selenium IDE includes the entire Selenium Core, allowing you to easily and quickly record and play back tests in the actual environment that they will run in.

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"Selenium IDE is an integrated development environment for Selenium scripts."

What do you like best?

Selenium IDE is record and playback functionality and it is helpful to automate the test case.Selenium IDE is not only a recording tool: it is a complete IDE. You can choose to use its recording capability, or you may edit your scripts by hand.

What do you dislike?

Selenium not support iteration and conditional statement.Selenium IDE doesn't support error handling. Doesn't support test script grouping. Selenium IDE do not support Database testing

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Selenium IDE is very easy to use. It has the capability to convert the test to different programming languages such as html, java etc.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are not able to find the Xpath of the web element. so with the help of Selenium IDE, We could find easily Xpath of web element.

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"Great tool for UI and browser testing"

What do you like best?

Selenium IDE is basically a Firefox and Chrome add-on, and allow to record, edit and debug tests. Selenium IDE allows to execute commands on web browsers. Some exmples of such commands are, clicking on a DOM element, inserting data in a text field, and dragging elements. Selenium IDE comes with various features:

1.) Easy to setup - Setting up selenium IDE is very easy as it's a browser add-on. Selenium IDE is unlike selenium framework where we have to install server etc.

2.) Easy to use - Selenium IDE is very easy to use and doesn't require you to have ample to additional skill set. Just having little web knowledge is sufficient to write and run the scripts.

3.) Free - The best thing about Selenium is, It's free to use. You don't have to pay to use Selenium or Selenium IDE.

4.) Support - Comes with community and professional support.

5.) Various Programming Language - One the best thing about Selenium is that it supports various programming languages such as Java, Python etc.

What do you dislike?

Waiting time is probably the wrost part about Selenium IDE. Sometimes it stuck while waiting for an element and takes a lot of time to finish test case execution.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Recommend to other

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Using for UI Automation testin

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"Selenium IDE has unlimited capabilities"

What do you like best?

- Easy record and playback: The recording and playback are very easy with just a click of a button. It's very helpful while running multiple application together. You can easily switch back and forth.

- Intelligent field selection will use IDs, names, or XPath as needed: You are not limited to write complex XPaths to select fields but can use HTML field id and names to select the fields.

- Autocomplete for all common Selenium commands: I like this feature, but they should provide autocomplete for other selenium commands as well to make it handy.

- Walk through tests: Since you can see the script also in the IDE, it helps to walk through the test.

- Debug and set breakpoints: Indeed an extremely useful feature, to debug an application.

- Save tests as HTML, Ruby scripts, or any other format: Not limited to any particular scripting languages, selenium IDE provides support for many scripting languages.

- Support for Selenium user-extensions.js file: This is one of the very useful features. You can use the user-extension file to build your own custom actions. Selenium IDE documentation provides a good guild to build actions.

- Customization is very easy.

- Runs in many browsers, such as Firefox, Chrome, IE.

What do you dislike?

I experienced, its hard to write and execute a script on HTML canvas element.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

I would certainly recommend Selenium IDE to people who want to perform UI testing.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are using Selenium IDE to perform UI testing.

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"Selenium IDE is user friendly, easy to use tool.You can set it up very quickly and anyone can use it"

What do you like best?

1. Fast setup as a browser add-on, Selenium IDE can be set up very quickly.

2. Quality Assurance has worked better with Selenium since this program helps eliminate manual QA testing, which itself could lead to exponential error, and cost.

3. Simple interface, it does not require a knowledge of programming language.

4. Free of cost

What do you dislike?

1. Selenium is pretty user-friendly but sometimes tests tend to flake out. I'd say roughly one out of twenty tests yields a false positive.

2. Selenium software cannot read images.

3. Slowness may be a minor factor with Selenium, though this is an issue with basically any testing software.

4. It cannot be used to test window applications

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

IDE is good for a quick test and its quit simple and easier to setup. I am using Selenium IDE while testing many web application.Mostly i use this while running regression test cases. It was also beneficial for generating reports that we required. Of course this tool saves time as i m unknown to coding so for me it creates scripts for automated test cases.

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"Selenium IDE Review"

What do you like best?

1. Very easy to setup and use

2. No programming knowledge is required

3. Recording can be exported to multiple programming languages

4. It is an ideal platform for any person who is new to test automation and want to play around with different tools.

What do you dislike?

1. Only supported in Firefox.

2. It does not locate all the elements properly. User has to modify the locator fields manually an that requires technical knowledge.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

It is good for starters. You can definitely start recording basic scripts in Selenium IDE, but once you decide to increase test automation coverage, it is better to switch to Selenium Webdriver.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Selenium IDE helps in automating simple and small web flows which does not require lots of navigation, clicking and input data.

However, for more complicated scenarios, it is better to use Selenium Webdriver which offers more flexibility.

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"Must have tool for prototyping UI tests"

What do you like best?

Selenium IDE is perhaps the best tool in the selenium suite. It's basically a Firefox add on that is very helpful to create tests very quickly. It does come with a record an playback functionality which is indeed the best feature I like about selenium IDE.

The record and playback feature lets you record the test scenario and you can play it back. Selenium IDE is very easy to use tool and doesn't expect you to have prior knowledge of programming, but it's good to have some knowledge of JavaScript and DOM.

Since selenium IDE supports multiple languages, the test cases can be exported in multiple programming languages. Following are some of the languages:

.cs (C# source code)

.java (Java source code)

.py (Python source code)

.rb (Ruby source code)

What do you dislike?

Although the selenium IDE is powerful and quite handy, but it should always be used only to prototype tests. To develop the actual test suite, Selenium Web Driver is a good choice. The selenium IDE is not designed to develop complex test suites.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

I would recommend Selenium IDE to others.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use it for UI testing and found it quite useful.

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"Formally great tool has slid behind as browser technology advanced."

What do you like best?

I love the selenium technology to help test web site UIs. It can help you quickly test against breaking changes quickly without having to do much work on your own. The IDE made it easy to record those steps without having to do much hand coding. Just click record and do the function you wish to test.

What do you dislike?

The IDE no longer has browser support for contemporary browsers as browsers have removed the access the IDE used to operate. No update to the addon has been done to make it compatible.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If you have updated your firefox browser past version 55 you will not be able to use this addon any longer. This is a shame as it really made the development of tests really easy.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Allows for quick recording of UI testing on a web page by clicking record and performing the test function. Removes the need to hand program the steps.

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"Browser compatibility testing"

What do you like best?

I have used a lot of selenium products over the years but surely this one is the best out of them all compared to selenium webdriver,selenium grid etc since its open for enhancement ,test driven development easy to use classes,variables and objects,Can be self-taught easily and surely the best for automation testing ,supports cross browser functionality for writing test user cases ,gui provides option to record and also helps in inspecting various web elements

What do you dislike?

Being an ISTQB certified tester ,i felt there are lot of issues while testing and finding locators,limitations in browser support ,slow performance there is a lot of lag at times ,the record action on web pages are slow a bit .The options to locate various web elements using classpath ,id,name ,xpath,css of the object is limited and cannot be extended

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Helps a lot in complex test cases creation and user -friendly software available and ideally suited for MVC applications

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It uses a plugin called record and play tool mainly on firefox web browser as part of the plugin helps us to play with various UI elements like click of a button,toggling up and down,field boxes,touches,navigation etc

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"Review for Selenium Webdriver"

What do you like best?

Couldn’t find Webdriver in the options and therefore selected IDE. Webdriver is much powerful than IDE so please include it in the list. Unlike IDE which doesnot use any language and just uses it’s own element locator and selense commands to build TCs, Webdriver is a programming interface and supports many languages like Java, C#, Perl, Python, Ruby, PHP.

What do you dislike?

Selenium IDE doesnot support any programming language and on the other hand Selenium Webdriver doesnot has it’s own IDE and therefore is dependent on outside IDE’s like ItelliJ, Eclipse, etc.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Selenium WebDriver is the best freeware available today for writing and executing test scripts. UFT is better but very costly.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Whole sole purpose is test automation only.

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"Selenium IDE is good regression testing tool for small stable projects"

What do you like best?

its very easy to use, tester does not need to have a programming knowledge to work with Selenium IDE

it is very good source of record and play, it will make tyour test case itself which you can execute later during testing. It also helps in finding the excat locator of any webelement that can be used in Selenium Webdriver

What do you dislike?

it has very limitations, it is not compatible with dynamic objects that changes during run time. User cannot put on conditional waits for webelement to appear, It is used for firefox only. You cannot have any kind of report at the end to view the end result.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

It is very helpful during regression for stable projects and saves alot of time and resources

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

For small stable projects, selenium IDE is very useful. Testers just keep the test scripts and execute during regression that saves alot of time and resources as it can be managed by Selenium IDE itself

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"The best tool for testing your web application(s)."

What do you like best?

This tool allows you to test your web application easily with very little set up. When you first start walking through the configuration of this tool you will be blown away with how easy to use it is.

What do you dislike?

The complex additions that you can add make it hard to maintain in certain bindings.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Keep up the great work. This tool is solving all of the problems that we as Automation Engineers have. There is no better tool out there for us to use. Selenium is the Industry standard and leader for the service it provides.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Do you have a lot of manual testers verifying and certifying your application? This tool allows you to automated the mundane day-to-day activities and focus on the exploratory issues you rarely have time to test.

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"Automated testing made simple"

What do you like best?

The user interface is so friendly and all the features are straightforward and easy to use and everything here is a template and the IDE is the latest integrated version encompassing all the elements embedded into it.I am liking this tool to a great extent and all the attributes are so cool and also the classname and tagname valid attributes are one of the kind

What do you dislike?

The IDE is slow at times and most of the time the large dataset does not hold the different set of conditions based on test case,scenario and test execution with plans are interesting and also it needs to be redefined to suit towards user needs

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It helps in debugging the error fix and also upgrading the standards all the time

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Primarily checking the login and also enabling the authorization

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"Developed test cases using Selenium IDE (Firefox plugin) as well as Selenium Webdriver using Eclipse"

What do you like best?

For my project, Selenium IDE is an easy tool to write test cases and automate testing. We normally export the the test cases developed in Selenium as a Java Code and run the test scripts.

What do you dislike?

The IDE has a big limitation as it can only be used with Firefox. For overcome this disadvantage we use Selenium Web driver to support all other browsers like Chrome, Internet Explorer and Safari.

The major problem we encountered while using Selenium is that it does not support database testing and hence we use DBUnit framework for performing the database testing.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Use Selenium Web Driver in conjunction with the IDE.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I had used Selenium IDE to automate the testing of our ruleset engine which automatically generates the required rulesets for the organization. The code is developed using Java/J2EE technologies and Selenium helped us a lot automating the testing process.

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"Selenium IDE Review From A Test Engineer Perspective"

What do you like best?

Even though it's only available in Firefox, the ability to record your browser actions helps greatly for writing tests for other browsers (i.e. Chrome # IE). The option to change the source format over to Ruby also greatly assists me in writing automated tests using the Ruby Gem WATIR (Web Application Testing In Ruby). I like using Selenium IDE to write quick automated tests to compete tedious/repetitive tasks so I can focus on higher priority tasks in the long run.

What do you dislike?

IDE only available in Firefox, however, there are webdrivers for Chrome/IE to assist with automated testing in those browsers. Unable to write Data Driven Tests and there is no ability to verify images.Test execution is sluggish compared to WebDriver or Selenium RC/Core.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Selenium IDE is a great learning point for those just getting into test automation. It sparked my interest in test automation and got me into more advanced topics like building a Selenium test automation framework and programming following the page object pattern.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Selenium IDE helps immensely for tedious and repetitive tasks in the work environment. It allows you to quickly and easily create a test suite to reduce test time. It allows you to work smarter and not harder once you put in the work. You can extend automation to other browsers via WebDriver or Selenium RC/Core which requires additional programming knowledge and set up. All in all it is a beneficial tool.

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"Write ui test with selenium ide"

What do you like best?

it can auto record your action, make write ui test very easy. you don't need to find the dom element manually. It can also play the actions you just recorded and see if it works well for you. The selenium ide is very easy to use, you can get used with the tool in minutes.

What do you dislike?

Every thing of selenium ide is very good. but it doesn't have a chrome plugin . I like firefox, but I also use chrome a lot. But I can't work with selenium ide on chrome. Another issue is that the driver of selenium is not very stable, but i believe it still the best choice of ui test.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

just use it ,you won't be disappointed.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

we use this to implement some ui test for our system and run it on every deploy automatically. this will help us figure out issues as soon as possible.

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"i have use it in crowl c# project"

What do you like best?

i like the web driver control and the methode includet into spesialy the phantomJs web driver its easy to use and faster then other project olso the injection javascript for testing changing your web site security that realy awesome

What do you dislike?

i can't test it in android terminal in the c# version or in the hebrides android application

Recommendations to others considering the product:

the best choice to test IT crawling easy to use supported by many developpement language

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

captcher in google and many other web site i skeep the captcher with selenuim

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"Best Freeware automation tool"

What do you like best?

Selenium IDE is the best tool for automation testing. It is very simple and easy to use. Any user who knows basics of programming can easily use this tool and record and play the scripts.

What do you dislike?

I think more and updated features should be added to this tool and simple documentation is needed to easily understand this IDE.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Its easy to record and playback the automation scripts

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It helps me generating automation tests scripts and one can easily record and play the scripts using this.

Whenever I want to test any scenario repeatedly then this comes in handy, just record it and play that script.

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"Selenium IDE Review From A Test Engineer Perspective"

What do you like best?

Even though it's only available in Firefox, the ability to record your browser actions helps greatly for writing tests for other browsers (i.e. Chrome # IE). The option to change the source format over to Ruby also greatly assists me in writing automated tests using the Ruby Gem WATIR (Web Application Testing In Ruby). I like using Selenium IDE to write quick automated tests to compete tedious/repetitive tasks so I can focus on higher priority tasks in the long run.

What do you dislike?

IDE only available in Firefox, however, there are webdrivers for Chrome/IE to assist with automated testing in those browsers. Unable to write Data Driven Tests and there is no ability to verify images.Test execution is sluggish compared to WebDriver or Selenium RC/Core.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Selenium IDE helps immensely for tedious and repetitive tasks in the work environment. It allows you to quickly and easily create a test suite to reduce test time. It allows you to work smarter and not harder once you put in the work. You can extend automation to other browsers via WebDriver or Selenium RC/Core which requires additional programming knowledge and set up. All in all it is a beneficial tool.

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"Selenium IDE - Automation Testing"

What do you like best?

Record and Playback feature allow testers who does not have programming language to easily record automation tests and run it. Even people who are not testers also can record and run tests.It is simple and easy to understand. HTML script can easily be converted to programming language. Easy to find control ID's for automation testing using framework built on other test tools like Webdriver.

What do you dislike?

Only simple UI testing can be performed. Cannot use conditional statements or methods. Re usability of code cannot be accomplished. It is limited to Firefox browser. Iteration is not possible with IDE. We cannot perform database testing using Selenium IDE.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Easy add on on Firefox to start creating automation tests. This tool is open source. It can be installed very easily and start using right away without much documentation. Good logging functionality for beginners to understand. Must need-to-know test tool for all Automation testers.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Making tests faster. Good for beginners to start learning automated testing. Its easy to create and maintain the tests. Test suites can be created easily and can create framework based on that. Saves a lot of time which is spend on Manual testing.

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"First contact with Automation should be with Selenium IDE "

What do you like best?

How easily let you start with automation , to understand how works the commitment of the automation and that this is only the first step of a marathon.

What do you dislike?

maybe the interface, It would be good get a better interface

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Is not a super powerful tool but is the best to start working with automation , you will be able to handle most of the common elements of the interface

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

My main problem was 4 years ago when my QA lead told me that I need to start doing automation and that I have 2 weeks to automate 80 test cases , I just complete 50 test cases but was more that my lead expect, so Selenium IDE show a light in the life of a QA

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"Easy to use IDE"

What do you like best?

Selenium IDE is very easy to use.

It has the capability to convert the test to different programming languages such as html, java etc

Programming language experience is not required for Selenium IDE

In Selenium IDE, user can debug and set breakpoints

What do you dislike?

Selenium IDE is Firefox plugin, thus its support is limited to Firefox only

Selenium IDE do not support Database testing and cannot be used for desktop application testing. Web based applications can only be tested

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We used it for web based application testing . It is easy to use.Very easy to install and use.

No programming experience is required.

Has built-in help feature and it shows the documentation on the selected or entered command.Helps in debugging by displaying the information and error messages.

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"Basic Automation tool to get you started."

What do you like best?

Simple and lightweight makes it ideal for Automation 101.

What do you dislike?

Its capabilities are too simple as you can only test one path.

Missing too many features such as data source integration and ability to be flexible with applications that use varying test data.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Great Starter tool to learn QA automation but I'd still recommend using Selenium Proper to do QA automation. If you want to get started in learning automation its a fantastic tool, but the learning curve for this quite steep despite being simple, and the lack of a quick start guide does not help.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Makes it easier to create simple test and run it against your web application.

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"Getting better all the time"

What do you like best?

With next to 0 experience, someone can click through a basic test and get automated tests up and running. Both a positive and negative, it is a firefox plugin only. Makes it easy to manage and install.

What do you dislike?

Doing anything more advanced than just clicking through tests is when coding knowledge comes in handy. If you know how to code, it is probably easier to just write your selenium tests in whatever language you know, that they have an endpoint for. Both a positive and negative, it is a firefox plugin only. You can't use it anywhere else.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Don't expect really advanced use out of the IDE. Get your simple tests done, or use it to get a rough outline of the tests you need to make, and then dive into the code and expand your tests that way.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Adding selenium tests to our test suite quickly, using people who aren't really developers or quality engineers, but can follow the steps laid out in our test plan.

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"Selenium IDE : A Review "

What do you like best?

- Free, Open Source, Easy to install and work.

- fast and easy to learn compared to other similar tools.

- Selenium is only a free tool which allows to record user action on browser window.

- Not much programming experience is required to expertise in selenium tool.

- extensions/ plugins are helpful and can be updated only when there is a need.

- selenium commands are automatic depending on the situation and default commands/ code can be edited as per the user needs.

- simple and clear view of the test results as guided by the user per his/ her needs,

What do you dislike?

- Selenium IDE, being a Firefox extension, it is not supported in other browsers (Chrome, Torch, Safari).

- Programs/ Scripts written on Selenium IDE can be used on other browsers only it is used with selenium Core or Selenium RC which have its own disadvantages.

- Designed only to test a prototype which is failed to verify images, exported scripts from one programming language to other.

- When Compared with WebDriver and other testing tools, this product is slow in test execution.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Selenium IDE being a Firefox extension it is very simplest and easiest framework in a selenium suite. Due to its simplicity, I recommend to use this product as a prototyping tool. For advanced test cases, other products such as Selenium RC and WebDriver is recommended.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

- I started using this tool for a prototype browser testing and now because of its ease and simplicity became a default testing tool for my personal and business work. We can also edit the inbuilt scripts according to our use. read/ save options are very simple. Test reports can be modulated.

- Benefits: Free, Open Source, Beginners Bitcoin, No much programming knowledge required, easy for development.

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"Saved Me Thousands of Hours of Work"

What do you like best?

I just LOVE having a tool that can automate something that can normally only be done manually.

What do you dislike?

I am not a developer, but rather a self-taught technologist (primarily salesforce admin), so please take that into account with my review. Learning the commands is the most challenging piece of the tool. I still am not an expert and rely heavily on past tests that have been successful. I also often seem to have trouble on the command that looks up the XML script.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

I don't know that there are being any advancements made to this tool as it is used through the Firefox plugins, so that is why I say no. Thus I don't know how long it will stay relevant or easy to use.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have used this primarily in areas where I have not been able to mass delete files related to salesforce records, so we built a script to automate the deletion of these files through the user interface.

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