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Dockerization of Selenium test within a container using Selenium Grid

Rahul Kumar
Rahul Kumar
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Hi folks, In this blog, you’ll learn how to run and test their automated Selenium web tests through a Docker container. However, you may be asking what the circumstances are and why we use them. As I believe, everyone is familiar with Selenium as it is a famous tool, so let’s start with a short description of Docker.

Docker is a software platform that allows you to build, test, and deploy applications quickly. Docker packages software into standardized units called containers that have everything the software needs to run including libraries, system tools, code, and runtime.

Unfortunately, building the Docker container wasn’t straightforward. We needed a Docker container with a virtual OS, a Chrome web browser, selenium, etc. so let’s more talk about the Docker container.

Docker container:

As per google:- the Docker container image is a lightweight, standalone, executable package of software that includes everything needed to run an application: code, runtime, system tools, system libraries, and settings.

Let’s have a look at the software required for web automation setup with Selenium Grid.

  • Selenium
  • Supported programming language and its runners
  • Build tools like Node, maven
  • web browser
  • Java environments
  • Testing framework

As I’ve already indicated, setting up a Docker container is not easy, but don’t worry, we have another solution to bypass the things we use “standalone packages” of software, which contain all the components required to run an application.

We can find Docker images on the Docker Hub. Docker Hub is an image library. It’s like a repository of Docker images.
Search Docker Hub for a Selenium image. There would be several images in the search results. Each one is used for a specific purpose. Choose the selenium or selenium/standalone-chrome Docker image to run a test on Google Chrome.

You can pull the above image by using the below command :

  sudo docker pull selenium/standalone-chrome

Launch Firefox; it works nearly identically to Chrome. We only need to run a new image, and we can point it locally to a different port so that it won’t conflict with the one that is already running.

 sudo docker pull selenium/standalone-firefox

You can verify that your system has the following images by using the below command but in my case, I use only chrome image:

 sudo docker images

now start the container by using the standalone docker image

 sudo docker run -d -p 4444:4444 -v /dev/shm:/dev/shm selenium/standalon-chrome

docker run: starts a container from the image specified.

d: starts the container in detached mode(background mode).

-p 4444:4444: Port 4444 on the container is mapped to Port 4444 on your local browser.

selenium/standalone-chrome: name of the image that has to be started.

The Selenium Grid will be accessible from the Docker container as soon as you type and enter that command in your terminal. You can verify whether Selenium Hub has started or not by checking the following link in your browser: http://localhost:4444/, It renders Selenium Grid UI, as shown in the below screenshot.

To identify the port numbers of Chrome, you can type the below command in your quick-start terminal, and you will be able to see all the Docker images and the running ports of each image under the PORTS column.

 sudo docker ps –a

Configuring Selenium RemoteWebDriver

ChromeOptions cap = new ChromeOptions();

        cap.setCapability("browserVersion", "110.0");


        cap.setCapability("platformName", "Linux");

        LaunchBrowsers.driver = new RemoteWebDriver(new 




I create selenium with a cucumber-based maven project along with the TestNG framework

When our test suites are run from the IDE, we can view the live execution and screen recording through the Selenium grid.

The screen recording is accessible but password-protected, so you must enter a “secret” as the password to access the recording.


In this brief blog post, we learned how to containerize the test using Docker. In my upcoming posts, I’ll go into more detail about it. I’ll also release a tech hub that contains all of my Selenium code. In order to simplify the process for everyone, I will also add a Docker compose file to my project.

Till then, Happy learning, and happy sharing!


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Rahul Kumar

Rahul Kumar

I am a self-driven self-starter with strong analytical, problem-solving, and communication skills, and I'm always looking to pick up new skills and develop my interpersonal skills. I am currently employed as a quality assurance software consultant. I am well-versed in creating automation frameworks and am familiar with key QA ideas. I've worked with automation technologies in the past, including,,, selenium (java), Appium, Grafana-K6, and core Java development tools, among others. Maven, Version Control GIT (GitLab Project Management Tool).

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