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Playwright is a Node.js library that provides a high-level API to automate web browsers. It allows you to automate browser tasks such as generating screenshots, creating PDFs, and testing web pages by simulating user interactions. Playwright is similar to Puppeteer, but it supports more browsers and it also provide capabilities for automation of browser like Microsoft Edge and Safari.

Playwright is commonly used for web scraping, end-to-end testing, and browser automation.
Playwright is a spiritual successor to Puppeter and is available in more languages and has access to more browser types.

Selenium is a Python package that allows developers to automate web browsers. It provides a way for developers to interact with web browsers programmatically, simulating user interactions such as clicking links, filling out forms, and navigating between pages. Selenium can be used to automate tasks such as web scraping, testing web applications, and automating repetitive tasks on websites.

Selenium is built on top of WebDriver, which is a browser automation API that allows Selenium to interact with web browsers. Selenium supports a wide variety of web browsers, including Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Internet Explorer.

One of the main advantages of Selenium is that it can be used with many different programming languages, not only Python, and it also supports different platforms.

The package also provide a set of APIs that allows you to interact with web pages, you can locate elements, interact with them, get their properties and interact with javascript, you can use the APIs to automate the browser and interact with web pages in the same way a human user would.

Selenium is widely used in web scraping, web testing, and other automation tasks because it allows developers to automate web browsers in a way that is very similar to how a human user would interact with the browser.

Overall, Selenium is a powerful and versatile tool for automating web browsers and is widely used in web scraping, web testing, and other automation tasks.

Example Use


const { chromium } = require('playwright');

(async () => {
    const browser = await chromium.launch();
    const context = await browser.newContext();
    const page = await context.newPage();
    await page.goto('https://www.example.com/form');

    // fill in the form
    await page.fill('input[name="name"]', 'John Doe');
    await page.fill('input[name="email"]', 'johndoe@example.com');
    await page.selectOption('select[name="country"]', 'US');

    // submit the form
    await page.click('button[type="submit"]');

    // wait for the page to load after the form is submitted
    await page.waitForNavigation();

    // take a screenshot
    await page.screenshot({path: 'form-submission.png'});

    await browser.close();
})();
from selenium import webdriver

# Create an instance of the webdriver
driver = webdriver.Firefox()

# Navigate to a website
driver.get("http://www.example.com")

# Find an element by its id
element = driver.find_element_by_id("example-id")

# Interact with the element
element.click()

# Find an element by its name
element = driver.find_element_by_name("example-name")

# Fill an input form
element.send_keys("example text")

# Find and click a button
driver.find_element_by_xpath("//button[text()='Search']").click()

# Wait for the page to load
driver.implicitly_wait(10)

# Get the page title
print(driver.title)

# Close the browser
driver.close()

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