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Switching between Chrome-Driver and Remote-Webdriver

Switching between Chrome-Driver and Remote-Webdriver in C#

I have used the following line to set up by ChromeDriver locally in C#: 

driver = new ChromeDriver(); 

When I build my code through my continuous integration system (AppVeyor) it fails however. If I understand it correctly I need to change the line to look something like this instead: 

driver = new RemoteWebDriver(new Uri(""), DesiredCapabilities.Chrome()); 

My question is, is it possible to switch between these automatically?
So that when I run my test locally ChromeDriver.exe will be used and when I run it on my CI RemoteWebDriver will be used? 


solution 1:
If your CI system is not windows based you can take the OS version and set condition for that.If both are windows you need to figure out some unique thing between those.

set up a share folder and both CI and local machine use resources from there. Then you can just use new ChromeDriver(); to instantiate your chromedriver

Please update me with more solutions or other issues that you had with Selenium drivers.

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Running tests on Google Chrome using Webdriver

While automating your web-application using webdriver, many may have faced problems in executing your cases on Google-chrome. Whenever you try to use webdriver object for executing your cases on chrome using the following code:

DesiredCapabilities capability =;

you most probably get the following error:
The path to the chromedriver executable must be set by the system property; for more information, see... The latest version can be downloaded from

The solution to this error that has been mentioned in the given URL  "" is  to set the chromedriver path to the variable "". But how exactly to set the path and use it for your test execution is not given there.

For setting the  "" value and for using google-chrome to execute your automated tests, you can use one of the following methods:

Method - 1:
Start the selenium server using the following command:
java  -jar selenium-server-standalone-2.7.0.jar

And in your Java code you use the chrome driver in the following way:

DesiredCapabilities capability =;
WebDriver driver = new RemoteWebDriver(new URL("http://localhost:4444/wd/hub"), capability);

The advantage of using this method is that you can execute your test-cases in a remote machine and this is advantageous when you want to run it on grid.

Method - 2:
Set the system property  "" using System.setProperty()  in your code and then try to execute your cases on Chrome.

System.setProperty("", "/path/to/chromedriver");
WebDriver driver = new ChromeDriver();

This method works well when your tests are getting execute on a local machine and you are not starting any selenium server.

found it in blog

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