When using Selenium WebDriver, you may be aware that you’re scripts must always know about the driver server (chromedriver, geckodriver etc.). This can be done in various different ways; setting the path in each script or adding the folder to the system path. We now have another, easier method; WebDriver Manager.

WebDriver Manager will handle the setup of the driver server, so all we have to do is add a dependency, a couple of lines of code and we are done for the entire project.

Step 1 – Adding the dependency to the pom.xml

  • Open up the pom.xml file in your project

  • Click the dependencies tab at the bottom of the pom file
  • Select add

  • Search for webdrivermanager
  • Select the ‘io.github.bonigarcia webdrivermanager’
  • Click OK

Step 2 – Add code to access WebDriverManager class

  • Now head into your setup region/anywhere before you instantiate the browser
  • Call the WebDriverManager class
  • Use ‘.’ to open up the various methods belonging to the class

  • For our example we are going to use Chrome

  • This one line of code should handle everything, so we don’t have to tell the script about our driver server, or even download the file

For more information on the webdriver manager, please see: https://github.com/bonigarcia/webdrivermanager

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