Robot Framework – Working With Browsers Using Selenium Library


In this tutorial, we will create a project in PyCharms and create a test case in Robot Framework using Selenium WebDriver.


  1. Install Python
  2. Install PIP
  3. Install Robot Framework
  4. Install Robot framework Selenium Library
  5. Install PyCharm IDE

Please refer to this tutorial to install Robot Framework – How to install and setup Robot Framework for Python.

Implementation Steps:

Step 1 – Open PyCharm and create a new project. Go to File and select “New Project” from the main menu.

Step 2 – Choose the project location. Click the “Browse” button next to the Location field and specify the directory for your project.

Deselect the Create a welcome script checkbox because you will create a new Python file for this tutorial.

Python best practice is to create a virtualenv for each project. In most cases, PyCharm creates a new virtual environment automatically, and you don’t need to configure anything. But, in this case, we need to create a Base Interpreter that has the robot framework already installed. This is explained in this tutorial – How to install and setup Robot Framework for Python. To preview and modify the venv options. Expand the Python Interpreter: New Virtualenv Environment node and select a tool used to create a new virtual environment. Let’s choose Virtualenv tool, and specify the location of the environment and the base Python interpreter used for the new virtual environment.

Click on the “Create” Button.

Step 3 – A new dialog will appear asking to Open the project using any one of the given options. I have selected New Window as I like to have separate windows for each project.

Below is the image of the new project created in PyCharms.

How to create a Selenium test in Robot Framework?

Step 1 – Create a new directory in the new project

Right-Click on the project, select New->Directory and provide name as Tests

Below is the image of the new directory.

Right-click on the new directory and select New File and provide the name as Test_Demo.robot as shown below:

Step 2 – Download ChromeBinaries from the below location

The tests are going to use the Chrome browser, so we need to download the ChromeBinaries to open a blank browser in Chrome.

Step 3 – Create a simple Selenium Test

*** Settings ***
Documentation    To validate the Login Form
Library     SeleniumLibrary

*** Test Cases ***
Validate Unsuccessful Login
    Open the Browser with URL
    Fill the login form
    Verify error message is correct

*** Keywords ***
Open the Browser with URL
    Create Webdriver    Chrome  executable_path=/Vibha_Personal/RobotFramework_Demo/drivers/chromedriver_linux64
    Go To
    Maximize Browser Window
    Set Selenium Implicit Wait    5

Fill the login form
   Input Text    css:input[name=username]   Admin
   Input Password    css:input[name=password]   Admin
   Click Button    css:.orangehrm-login-button

Verify error message is correct
    ${result}=  Get Text    CSS:.oxd-alert-content-text
    Should Be Equal As Strings   ${result}  Invalid credentials

The chromedriver is placed in a folder name drivers in RobotFramework_Demo project.

I will explain the terms Settings, Test Cases, Keywords in the next tutorial.

To run this script, go to the command line and go to directory tests.

We need the below command to run the Robot Framework script.

robot Test_Demo.robot

The output of the above program is

We have the test case passed. The Robot Framework generates log.html, output.xml, and report.html by default.

Let us now see the report and log details.


Right-click on report.html. Select Open In->Browser->Chrome(any browser of your wish).

The Report generated by the framework is shown below:


Robot Framework has multiple log levels that control what is shown in the automatically generated log file. The default Robot Framework log level is INFO.

Right-click on log.html. Select Open In->Browser->Chrome(any browser of your wish).

That’s it! Congratulations on making it through this tutorial and hope you found it useful! Happy Learning!!


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