Selenium WebDriver – Running Tests On Various Browsers with Capabilities

In our automation journey we would have come across browser specific issues in Firefox and IE. Using below preferences and capabilities can help us avoid those


Lanching Firefox with desired capabilities

Below capabilities helps in handling untrusted certificates and downloads save window pop ups

System.out.println(“———-FIREFOX Browser——–“);
FirefoxProfile profile = new FirefoxProfile();
DesiredCapabilities caps = DesiredCapabilities.firefox();
profile.setPreference(“”, 2);
profile.setPreference(“browser.helperApps.alwaysAsk.force”, false);
profile.setPreference(“”, false);
profile.setPreference(“”, “C:\\Downloads”);
profile.setPreference(“”, “C:\\Downloads”);
profile.setPreference(“”, “C:\\Downloads”);
“text/anytext ,text/plain,text/html,application/plain”);
caps = DesiredCapabilities.firefox();
browserType = caps.getBrowserName();
caps.setCapability(FirefoxDriver.PROFILE, profile);
driver = new FirefoxDriver(caps);


Lanching IE Explorer with desired capabilities

Below capabilities helps in handling a lot if IE browser issues. Also always use 32bit IE driver as its more stable even if you have a 64bit machine

System.out.println(“———-IE Browser——–“);
System.setProperty(“”, “path to IE driver.exe”);
DesiredCapabilities caps = DesiredCapabilities.internetExplorer();
browserType = caps.getBrowserName();
caps.setCapability(InternetExplorerDriver.NATIVE_EVENTS, false);
caps.setCapability(InternetExplorerDriver.ENABLE_PERSISTENT_HOVERING, false);
caps.setCapability(InternetExplorerDriver.REQUIRE_WINDOW_FOCUS, false);
caps.setCapability(InternetExplorerDriver.IE_ENSURE_CLEAN_SESSION, true);
caps.setCapability(InternetExplorerDriver.IGNORE_ZOOM_SETTING, true);
caps.setCapability(InternetExplorerDriver.INTRODUCE_FLAKINESS_BY_IGNORING_SECURITY_DOMAINS, true);
driver = new InternetExplorerDriver(caps);


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