October 13

Selenium 3 is Now Officially Available

Selenium 3

Today I want to make a big announcement that I just heard from Simon Stewart. If you don't know Simon, he's the main contributor to Selenium, and he just announced that Selenium 3.0 is officially released. This is huge. I went to the Selenium conference in Boston in 2013 when they announced that Selenium 3 would be released by December. Two or three Christmases went by, and no Selenium 3, so this is a huge huge announcement in regards to the effort that the team put in to get Selenium 3 out the door.

If you head on over to seleniumhq.com, you'll see that the language bindings are starting to be updated with Selenium 3. They've had Selenium, the beta version, available for the past few months, but the official version was just announced and released today. You want to check that out, seleniumhq.com.

What you need to know about Selenium 3

If your wondering, “Now what has this do with me? I use Selenium, what do I have to be worried about?” Really, I'll be honest. If you've just been using the WebDriver API and your framework's based on the WebDriver API, you're all set. There's nothing really you need to do. You just import Selenium 3 and it really should be a seamless integration for you with hardly any hiccups. Really, it's the people that still use Selenium RC that are going to have an issue. If you're using WebDriver API and you've been using it all along, really it should be a seamless upgrade for you. I think the only thing you need to look out for is if you're using Selenium Grid. There are some configuration and parameter changes that are in place, but even that is pretty easy.

Selenium RC is Officially Dead – Long Live WebDriver

Big announcement, it's a big announcement. Whether or not it's going to affect you that much, probably not unless, like I said, if you're using WebDriver API you should be all set. If you're still using Selenium RC, what they've done with Selenium 3, is they've pulled out all the Selenium core implementations. They pulled out all of Selenium RC and they're replacing it with WebDriver compatible components. If you're using Selenium RC, it's a … It shouldn't be a surprise. They've been warning us for years that Selenium RC is going away, but today is the day that it's gone. Like I said, if you go to the seleniumhq page, it's not even available for download anymore.

If you're using Selenium RC, you want to move over as soon as possible. This will have a big impact on you. As I said, it shouldn't be a big surprise, this is something that they've announced for a while. Also, like I said, based on Simon Stewart's latest e-mail – that's how I found out that Selenium 3 was released – really the biggest changes are a lot of bug fixes. If you're using WebDriver you should not be impacted that much. I've been getting a lot of questions from people I work with. “Hey, should we go to Selenium 3?” Everyone's really excited about Selenium 3, it's a huge huge change. In terms of impact to you as a Selenium engineer, if you're using WebDriver API it really should be seamless and not that big of a deal.

Selenium W3c Standard

Like I said, what they've done with Selenium 3, looks like they're just really cleaning things up. I think they're moving towards Selenium 4, where they're really going to try to implement the W3C standard that they've been working with to making it an official WebDriver standard that everyone will follow. Once that happens, it's kind of cool because all the browsers now will be responsible for implementing their own Selenium implementations, and they'll stop owning it. It's really a huge thing that they're moving towards.

Like I said, it may not seem like a big deal, but this is a huge huge effort by the Selenium team. The Selenium team, it's all open source. These people are not paid. They spend their nights and weekends working on adding bug fixes, debugging Selenium. It's a huge effort. A big thank you and kudos to anyone involved with Selenium, especially the Selenium 3 push to get it live.

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joecolantonio Colantonio

Hi. I’m Joe Colantonio, founder of Test Guild – I'm the host of the longest-running podcast on automation testing, the Test Guild Automation podcast est. in 2014 (formerly TestTalks), and the creator of AutomationGuild (est. 2017), the premium, annual online event for test automation engineers.

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