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Selenium is an Open Source and Free Test Automation Tool

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Selenium is an Open Source and Free Test Automation Tool

Selenium is an Open Source and Free Test Automation Tool for automating the Web Applications.

In-order to understand the above line, we have to understand the terms “Open Source” and “Free”, which are explained below:

What is an Open Source Software or Tool?

The following points will help you in understanding what an Open Source Software or Tool means:

  • > Creators of Open Source Software or Tool makes its code open for others by giving them permissions to use their source code for any of the below purposes:
    • > Permissions to study the source code
    • > Permissions to change the source code
    • > Permissions to distribute the Software and its code to others for any purposes
  • > Examples for Open Source Software other than Selenium
    • > Firefox Browser is an open source software
    • > Mozilla company is contributing to this open source software

What is a Free Software or Tool?

The following points will help you in understanding what a Free Software or Tool means:

  • > Free Software has zero licensing cost for using the Software
  • > Example for Free Software other than Selenium
    • > Firefox Browser is a free software with zero licensing cost for using it
  • > Where as proprietary software has different licensing models and cost for using their Software
  • > Example for Proprietary Software
    • > Microsoft Windows, UFT/QTP, Test Complete etc.

Watch this video on “Selenium is an Open Source and Free Test Automation Tool” for more clarity:

Conclusion:

  • > Selenium is both an Open Source and Free Software
  • > Apart from being powerful, Selenium is also Free and hence it is being used by many for automating these Web Applications at free of cost.

Next Steps:

  • > To learn more about Selenium, continue to the next post (Click on Next Post link below)
  • > Check complete Selenium Tutorial Contents here (Click here)

Please leave your questions/comments/feedback below.

Happy Learning 🙂

Arun Motoori (www.QAFox.com)

On a mission to help the Testing community in all possible ways.

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Comments (2)

  • I have created a software programming with python. I used selenium module in my software codes. I intend to sell my software commercially. Can I use selenium module for commercial purpose free of cost and free of royalty? Thanks.

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      You can find more information on this here – https://www.selenium.dev/ecosystem/

      There are lot of Software which were build on the top of the Selenium as mentioned in the above page.

      You can contact few of these companies etc. or compare your Software with them to see what ever you are doing is correct or not.

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