In this post, let’s discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the Selenium IDE tool. If you are new to Selenium IDE, check out this post to install and know more about the tool:
The main advantages of the Selenium IDE are as follows :
Selenium IDE is open-source and free to use.
Selenium IDE tool is easy to use and record and playback the end-to-end Web tests.
No automation knowledge or coding/scripting knowledge is required to work with the tool.
Recorded tests can be converted into many programming languages scripts like Java, HTML, C# etc.
The main disadvantages of the Selenium IDE are as follows:
The tool is only available for Firefox & Chrome browser. So we can test the application in only these browsers.
Recording cross-browser testing of the web application on other browsers like Microsoft Edge, Opera, Safari is not possible using this tool. To run the tests on these browsers we need to leverage on other tools like Selenium Grid, or other Selenium Runners.
This tool cannot be used for Database validations and Testing. A drawback if the Web application uses a backend database.
General disadvantages of a record playback tool like no conditional logic, robustness, brittle or flaky tests, no data-driven tests etc.