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How to configure Selenium in Eclipse

Garima Tiwari, Community Contributor -

Managing user experience is pivotal for software development process. Test automation enables user preferences and convenience to remain at the center of the development process while saving time and effort. That is why comprehensive automation testing has become necessary to retain customers and meet their expectations. With significantly shorter time frames for development, Selenium Testing, in particular, has become an integral part of the development to facilitate automated testing of web applications

Selenium is the most popular automated tool in existence today. 59.5% of people consider Selenium for Cross Browser Testing because of the robustness and flexibility it offers by supporting multiple languages like Java, C#, Python, Perl, Ruby, etc. However, a majority (67%) of the Selenium users prefer Java as their language for Selenium Testing.

This article discusses how to configure Selenium in Eclipse to use Selenium for Java.

Prerequisites for configuring Selenium in Eclipse

  • Install JavaDownload Java SE Development Kit 16.0.2 according to the Windows, Linux, or macOS platform being used.Install Java
    SourceRun the JDK Installer by double-clicking on the file name in the download location and following the instructions on the instruction wizard. Alternatively, silently install JDK by entering the following command:
    jdk.exe /s
  • Install Eclipse IDEInstall Eclipse IDE


Download and Install Selenium to be set up in Eclipse.

  • Install Browser Driver

For Cross Browser Testing, download the relevant Browser Driver – ChromeDriver (for Chrome), GeckoDriver (for Firefox), SafariDriver(for Safari), and InternetExplorerDriver and MSEdgeDriver (IE and Edge respectively). Place these Browser Driver files in a directory that is part of the environment PATH. This will allow a command-line call to the programs to execute them irrespective of the working directory.

Java Language Bindings for SeleniumSource

How to configure Selenium in Eclipse

Here are the steps to configure Selenium Webdriver with Eclipse:

Step 1: Launch Eclipse

To launch Eclipse double click on the eclipse.exe file in the download location.

Step 2: Create Workspace in Eclipse

This workspace named “C:\BrowserStack” is like any other folder, which will store all the test scripts. Launch the BrowserStack workspace.

Create Workspace in Eclipse

Creating Workspace in Eclipse

Step 3: Create New Java Project in the BrowserStack Workspace

Create a new Java Project by clicking on File > New > Java Project and name it.

Creating New Java Project
Creating a new Java Project

Step 4: Create Package and Class under the Java Project

By clicking on the src folder (which is the source folder), create a new package and name it (BrowserStack). Then right-click on the package name and create a class. 

Create Package

Creating Package in the Java Project

Create Class
Creating Class in the BrowserStack Package

Step 5: Add Selenium JARs to the Java Project in Eclipse

To add the Selenium Jars to the BrowserStack Java right click on the BrowserStack Project folder and select the Properties option. In the properties window, click on the Java Build Path and Add External JARs. Browse and add the downloaded Selenium JARs i.e. Client Combined JAR and all the JARs under the Libs folder, then click Apply and Close.

Add Selenium JARs
Adding Selenium JARs in the BrowserStack Project

This configures Selenium with Eclipse, making it ready to execute the first test script.


Automation testing using Selenium with Java has simplified software development. Being an open-source tool, it provides an opportunity to speed up the time of execution and remove errors for a better user experience. 

Java is quite popular among the developers, given the extensive support being available, making it a preferred choice as a Selenium Client Language Binding. Selenium with Java has proved helpful in optimizing regression testing and cross browser testing. With the support of Continuous Integration tools like Jenkins, Selenium with Java can be used in continuous delivery models. 

However, to make testing more efficient and get accurate results every time, all Selenium tests must be run on real browsers and devices for accurate results. Start running tests on 2000+ real browsers and devices on BrowserStack’s real device cloud. Run parallel tests on its Cloud Selenium Grid to get faster results without compromising on accuracy. Identify all bugs and offer a high-end UX/UI to the users by running automated tests in real user conditions with BrowserStack Automate.

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