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Selenium C# – Adding IE Driver EXE to execute scripts on Internet Explorer Browser

Selenium C# – Adding IE Driver EXE to execute scripts on Internet Explorer Browser

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In our previous articles, I have explained how to install Selenium for C# in Visual Studio and also explained Adding chrome driver to execute scripts on Chrome Browser and Adding gecko driver exe to execute scripts on Firefox Browser.

In this article, I am going to add IE driver (an exe file) to execute our Selenium C# Test Automation scripts in Internet Explorer browser.

Let’s get started.

Selenium C# – Adding IE driver to execute scripts on Internet Explorer Browser

Follow the below steps for executing test automation scripts in Internet Explorer Browser:

1) Download IE Driver by following the below steps.

2) Open https://www.seleniumhq.org in any browser say Chrome and click on the ‘Download’ tab as shown below:

Selenium C# - SeleniumHQ Website

3) In the displayed ‘Download’ page, scroll down a bit and download 64-bit version of IE Driver as shown below:

Selenium CSharp - Download Link IE Driver

 

4) Extract the Zip file which got downloaded in the previous step as shown below:

Selenium CSharp - Extract Zip File

5) Observe that a IEDriverServer.exe file will get extracted from the above ZIP file as shown below:

Selenium CSharp - IEDriverServer

6) Launch Visual Studio, open the Project in which Selenium is installed (Refer previous article):

Selenium CSharp - Visual Studio

7) Now copy the IEDriverServer.exe file extracted in the above step 5 and paste into the ‘Drivers’ folder as shown below:

Selenium CSharp - iedriverserver exe pasted

8) Comment out the existing ChromeDriver object creation step & FirefoxDriver object creation step as shown below and create an object for InternetExplorerDriver predefined Class of Selenium and observe that errors will be displayed as shown below:

Selenium CSharp - Object creation

9) Hover the mouse on InternetExplorerDriver class and select to use OpenQA.Selenium.IE; to resolve the above errors as shown below:

Selenium CSharp - Import

10) Observe that the errors got resolved as shown below:

Selenium CSharp - Resolved

11) Now, copy the path of IEDriverSever EXE file by following the below steps:

12) Right click on ‘IEDriverServer.exe’ file and select ‘Properties’ option as shown below:

Selenium CSharp - Properties

13) Copy the path of IEDriverServer.exe from the Properties pane as shown below:

Selenium CSharp - Copy

14) Paste the path into the InternetExplorerDriver() constructor in InternetExplorerDriver object creation statement as shown below:

Selenium CSharp - Paste

15) To resolve the error in the above pasted path, add @ and observe that the errors got resolved as shown below:

Selenium CSharp - At the rate

16) Remove ‘IEDriverServer.exe’ from the above path and keep the path till \Drivers\ as shown below:

Selenium CSharp - Remove IEDriverServer

17) Save the Program.cs file and click on ‘Start’ option to execute the Selenium C# Script as shown below:

Selenium CSharp - Start

18) If you are getting the below error ‘Exception Unhandled – System.InvalidOperationException: ‘Unexpected error launching Internet Explorer. Protected Mode Settings are not the same for all zones. Enable Protected Mode must be set the same value (enabled or disabled) for all zones. (SessionNotCreated)’ as shown below:

Selenium CSharp - Exception

19)  Open Internet Explorer Browser in your machine and select ‘Tools > Internet Options’ from as shown below:

Selenium CSharp - Internet Options

20) In the displayed ‘Internet Options’ dialog, click on ‘Security’ tab and select ‘Internet’ option and make sure that ‘Enabled Protected Mode’ check box option is selected as shown below:

Selenium CSharp - Internet

21) In the similar manner, select other options ‘Local Intranet’, ‘Trusted Sites’ and ‘Restricted sites’ and make sure that the ‘Enable Protected Mode’ option  is selected and click on ‘Apply’ button as shown below:

Selenium CSharp - Other options

22) Close the Internet Explorer Browser and repeat the Step 17 to execute the Automation Script and observe that this time a blank Internet Explorer Browser will be launched as shown below:

Selenium CSharp - Blank

The above blank Firefox Browser will be launched when FirefoxDriver(“Path of GeckoDriver EXE file”) constructor is executed in our Selenium C# Automation script.

23) In the above code, we can generalize the IE Driver Path, instead of giving the complete path of IEDriverServer EXE file from Root Drive as shown below:

Save and click on the ‘Start’ button to execute the updated statement having generalized IEDriverServer EXE file path and observe that the program will be executed and a blank browser will be launched as expected.

Selenium CSharp - Optimized

Here conclude our article and we were able to successfully execute Selenium C# Test Automation Script in Visual Studio on Internet Explorer Browser.

I will explain more Selenium C# Automation Scripts for performing different operations on the web pages like navigating to the Web Applications, performing click, type & other operations on the UI elements on the Web Application pages in the upcoming articles.

Next Steps:

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  • > Check complete Selenium C# Tutorial Contents here (Click here)

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