Handling Browser Authentication using Selenium

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Does anyone know about handling Browser Authentication using Selenium or any other tool during automation?

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EDIT in 2015:

This answer is outdated. WebDriver nowadays supports authentication! See How to handle authentication popup with Selenium WebDriver using Java


Original answer:

This is not handled very well by Selenium.


You can try using http://username:password@example.com/yourpage

instead of just http://example.com/yourpage

However, as far as I know, Firefox will still pop up a browser dialog requesting a confirmation.


You can try Robot if you’re using Java (or any similar tool like AutoIt).


You could use driver.manage().addCookie() if you’re using WebDriver.


Or a custom FirefoxProfile that has already passed the authentication once.

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