Headless Chrome is a feature of the Google Chrome web browser that allows it to run in a headless (or GUI-less) mode, meaning it operates without displaying a graphical user interface. This is particularly useful for web scraping, automated testing, and other tasks where you want to interact with web pages programmatically without seeing the browser window.
Selenium is a popular automation framework that allows you to control web browsers, including Chrome, programmatically. You can use Selenium with Headless Chrome to automate web interactions and perform tasks like web scraping or automated testing without a visible browser window.
Example code snippet (Python)
Here’s a basic example of how to use Selenium with Headless Chrome in Python:
from selenium import webdriver from selenium.webdriver.chrome.options import Options # Set up Chrome options for headless mode options = ChromeOptions() options.add_argument("--headless=new") # Create a WebDriver instance with the specified options driver = webdriver.Chrome(options=options) # Navigate to a website driver.get('https://github.codetryout.com/') # Close the browser when done driver.quit()
You can customize your Selenium script further by specifying additional options or interacting with web elements using Selenium’s functions.
Save the Python script and run it. Since you’ve specified the –headless option, Chrome will run in headless mode, and you can automate web interactions as needed.
This example demonstrates the basics of using Selenium with Headless Chrome. Depending on your specific use case, you can expand on this foundation to perform more complex tasks, such as web scraping, form submissions, or automated testing.
Reference: Selenium Headless new