How to Install Selenium on PyCharm?

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Selenium for Python allows you to write functional tests and acceptance tests providing an API to access WebDrivers such as Firefox, Internet Explorer, Chrome.

Problem Formulation: Given a PyCharm project. How to install the Selenium library in your project within a virtual environment or globally?

Here’s a solution that always works:

  • Open File > Settings > Project from the PyCharm menu.
  • Select your current project.
  • Click the Python Interpreter tab within your project tab.
  • Click the small + symbol to add a new library to the project.
  • Now type in the library to be installed, in your example "selenium" without quotes, and click Install Package.
  • Wait for the installation to terminate and close all popup windows.

Here’s the installation process as a short animated video—it works analogously for Selenium, just type in “selenium” in the search field instead:

Make sure to type in “selenium” because there are many other packages that are not required but also contain the term “selenium” (False Positives):

Install Selenium PyCharm venv

Alternatively, you can run the pip install selenium command in your PyCharm terminal view:

$ pip install selenium
Collecting selenium
  Downloading selenium-3.141.0-py2.py3-none-any.whl (904 kB)
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Collecting urllib3
  Using cached urllib3-1.26.6-py2.py3-none-any.whl (138 kB)
Installing collected packages: urllib3, selenium
Successfully installed selenium-3.141.0 urllib3-1.26.6
pip install selenium in PyCharm

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