Selenium WebDriver and browsers select file dialog

I'm using selenium webdriver, C#.

Is it possible to make work webdriver with Firefox select file dialog? Or must I use something like AutoIt?


If you are trying to select a file for upload Selenium 2 supports HTML file inputs. For example:


<input type="file" id="uploadhere" />

Selenium Code

IWebElement element = driver.FindElement(By.Id("uploadhere"));

Basically you "type" (with SendKeys) the full file path to the file input element. Selenium handles the file selection dialog for you.

However if you want to manipulate an arbitrary file selection dialog, then like Anders said, you have to go outside of Selenium.

No, WebDriver cannot interact with dialogs - this is because dialogs are the domain of the operating system and not the webpage.

I know people that have had luck with autoit as well as the Automation API provided by .Net.

Another option would be to skip the file dialog entirely and issue a POST or a GET, but this requires more advanced knowledge of the website as well as understanding how construct a POST/GET.

You could try Webinator, it is similar to Selenium in the sense that it is powered by WebDriver. It provides file dialog capabilities and I've had great success with it.

Here is another solution using remotewebdriver, it works like magic and I loved it.

Here is the class I have:

driver.findElementByLinkText("Upload Files").click();
WebElement element = driver.findElement(By.xpath("//input[@name='file_1']"));
LocalFileDetector detector = new LocalFileDetector();

//Now, give the file path and see the magic :)              
String path = "D://test66T.txt";
File f = detector.getLocalFile(path);

//now click the button to finish

According to Nadim Saker

.Net has a library to handle file upload dialog. It has a SendKeys class that has a method SendWait(string keys). It sends the given key on the active application and waits for the message to be processed. It does not return any value.

This can be done as follows, tested and working with Internet Explorer and Chrome driver

var allowsDetection = this.Driver as IAllowsFileDetection;
if (allowsDetection != null)
   allowsDetection.FileDetector = new LocalFileDetector();



Another approach is to use System.Windows.Forms.SendKeys.SendWait("pathToFile"). I use it with success everywhere where i cant just send keys to element like described by @prestomanifesto.

I used this to solve the problem... try it if all above does not works

    Actions action = new Actions(driver);
    action.SendKeys(pObjElement, Keys.Space).Build().Perform();


    var dialogHWnd = FindWindow(null, "Elegir archivos para cargar"); // Here goes the title of the dialog window
    var setFocus = SetForegroundWindow(dialogHWnd);
    if (setFocus)



If you want to upload a file, and not use the WebDriver, the only solution I've come across is AutoIt. It allows you to write a script and convert it to an executable which you can then call from within your code. I've used it successfully while working with an ActiveX control.

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