A quick tip when getting up and running with Selenium on OS X

I was setting up a basic Selenium test setup and ran into a pretty immediate show stopper:

Cannot find firefox binary in PATH. Make sure firefox is installed. OS appears to be: MAC

I hadn’t yet installed Firefox. After I installed it, however, I still continued to get the error.

My googling lead me to this page, and while the advice is generally what needs to happen, I wanted to detail my exact fix, and make life a little simpler for everyone else.

As you can see, the solution is two fold:

  1. Create a file at ~/bin/firefox with the short script to run firefox. I got unclear errors w/ the source page’s suggestion, and this resolves it.
  2. Create a ~/.profile to add ~/bin/ to your path.
Restart your terminals, fire the Selenium server back up, and you’re good to go!

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