Selenium IDE: Selenium IDE

Posted: 2 October, 2008 in Technical

Selenium IDE is an integrated development environment for Selenium tests. It is implemented as a Firefox extension, and allows you to record, edit, and debug tests. Selenium IDE includes the entire Selenium Core, allowing you to easily and quickly record and play back tests in the actual environment that they will run.

Selenium IDE is not only recording tool: it is a complete IDE. You can choose to use its recording capability, or you may edit your scripts by hand. With autocomplete support and the ability to move commands around quickly, Selenium IDE is the ideal environment for creating Selenium tests no matter what style of tests you prefer.


  • Easy record and playback
  • Intelligent field selection will use IDs, names, or XPath as needed
  • Autocomplete for all common Selenium commands
  • Walk through tests
  • Debug and set breakpoints
  • Save tests as HTML, Ruby scripts, or any other format
  • Support for Selenium user-extensions.js file
  • Option to automatically assert the title of every page

Latest documentation

You can always find the documentation for the latest release by following this link:

In-progress documentation

This documentation is generated for every release from the content in the Selenium IDE wiki


The docs are found on the wiki starting at the Documentation node and include all children. They are exported as HTML and PDF and then made available in the release download as well as on this website (in the link above).

Getting involved

If you wish to get involved with Selenium IDE, you can do so by working with the developers in the forums on where documentation can be improved.

  1. Work with the development team on where you wish to write documentation
  2. Write documentation, making sure that all new pages are children of Documentation

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