Selenium Webdriver Tutorials

Download a file with Selenium Webdriver using Firefox Profile

While scripting you might encounter a scenario which requires the automation script to download a file with Selenium Webdriver (say MS Excel, MS Word, Zip file, PDF, CSV, Text file) from web application. What happens when you click on ‘Download’? Yeah! A pop-up window is displayed asking user to either open, save or ‘save as’ the file. If you have noticed, this is NOT a browser HTML pop-up but Windows OS pop-up. And Selenium Webdriver is a ‘Web Browser’ automation tool, i.e. it works only in the browser. We cannot access operating system’s native windows with Selenium Webdriver. Ooops! A blocker! Does this mean we cannot automate the File download scenario? Nah! It simply means we need to find a workaround 😉 In this article let’s explore how to download a file with Selenium Webdriver using Firefox Profile.