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Selenium IDE – Older versus Latest Versions

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In the previous articles, I have explained different Selenium IDE concepts.

In this article, I am going to explain the story behind the older and latest versions of Selenium IDE.

The older version of Selenium IDE got deprecated and is not available on the web to install.

The older version of Selenium IDE used to support Firefox browser only (i.e. Used to be available for installation and use in the Firefox browser only).

Why the older version of Selenium IDE got deprecated?

Firefox browser started upgrading to the latest Quantum versions (i.e. Firefox browser version 57.0 onwards).

And due to the architecture changes in the latest Firefox Quantum versions, they stopped supporting the older version of Selenium IDE Firefox Browser Add-on/Extension (i.e. Firefox Quantum versions and Selenium IDE Firefox Extension became incompatible).

So, Selenium IDE was only available to install and use in the older versions of Firefox browser (i.e. before Quantum Versions) for a period of time.

Once the latest version of Selenium IDE was made available for the Quantum versions of Firefox browser, Selenium guys have completely deprecated the older version of Selenium IDE.

i.e. As the latest version of Selenium IDE is available now, the older version of Selenium IDE is completely removed from using in the older versions of Firefox browser too.

Who developed the older and latest versions of Selenium IDE?

The older version of Selenium IDE was developed by a guy from Japan named ‘Shinya Kasatani’.

The main purpose behind developing this Selenium IDE is to increase the speed of automation tests creation.

But later when the older version of Selenium IDE was no more supported by the latest Quantum versions of Firefox due to their architecture changes, Applitools company has taken the responsibility to rewrite the older version of Selenium IDE to the latest Firefox Architectural supported format.

Applitools made use of Sideex (Record and Playback Automation Testing Tool) and the older Selenium IDE code to create the latest Selenium IDE.

As New Selenium IDE has adopted to the ‘Web Extension’ mechanism from the original ‘XPI’ format in the older version of Selenium IDE, it made Selenium IDE support not only Firefox browser but also the Chrome browser too. (i.e. The browsers that supports web extensions).

Understanding more on –  Older Selenium IDE Versus Latest Selenium IDE Versions

To understand more about the older Selenium IDE versus Latest Selenium IDE versions, read the next article on ‘New Features in Latest Selenium IDE Version’

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