Testing web applications Selenium with Scala 3 and ScalaTest

I needed to test a web application recently, so I started using Selenium again. This time I decided to use Selenium with Scala, and Scala 3 and ScalaTest in particular.

Because Scala can generally use Java libraries very easily, this was a quick and easy setup. I just configured sbt as usual, and then started creating my Selenium tests with Scala 3 and ScalaTest.

As an example, this is the first Selenium ScalaTest I created just to get everything up and running again:

class SeleniumTestSuite1 extends AnyFunSuite with BeforeAndAfter:

    var driver: WebDriver = null
    var wdWait: WebDriverWait = null

    before {
        driver = FirefoxDriver()
        wdWait = WebDriverWait(driver, 5)

    after {

    test("Test that we get the desired url") {
        val url = "https://alvinalexander.com/"
        // if the given css class can’t be found, this fails the test
        assert(driver.getCurrentUrl == url)

end SeleniumTestSuite1

As you can see, the great thing about using Scala with Selenium is how clean the code looks. There are no unnecessary parentheses, braces, semi-colons, or other visual clutter, so your Selenium tests are easy to read. In fact, they’re so easy to read, you can show them to non-technical people, and they will probably be able to grok what you’re doing.

Of course there are a million other things you can do with Selenium to test web applications, but if you’re interested in getting started with Selenium, Scala 3, ScalaTest, and sbt, I hope this information is helpful.

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Alvin Alexander

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