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could i use selenium build-in function on digitalocean

I created selenium and I want to deploy my script on the function I want to know if I could run selenium in the function if yes please let me know how I can do it. please feel; free to share with me another way I can deploy the Selenium code thanks


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Bobby Iliev
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August 20, 2023

Hi there,

I believe that running Selenium in serverless environments can be a complex task due to the need for a browser or browser-like environment.

I think that using a Droplet might be a more suitable solution for this use-case as you will have full access to the server and you will be able to install and configure the server to exactly meet your requirements.

Here is a quick tutorial on how to do that:

1. Set Up a New Droplet

If you haven’t already, create a new Ubuntu Droplet on DigitalOcean:

https://docs.digitalocean.com/products/droplets/how-to/create/

2. Connect to the Droplet

SSH into your Droplet using the command:

ssh username@your-droplet-ip

https://docs.digitalocean.com/products/droplets/how-to/connect-with-ssh/

3. Install Google Chrome (or Another Web Browser)

You’ll need a web browser to run Selenium. Here’s how you can install Google Chrome:

wget https://dl.google.com/linux/direct/google-chrome-stable_current_amd64.deb
sudo dpkg -i google-chrome-stable_current_amd64.deb
sudo apt-get -f install -y

4. Install ChromeDriver

You’ll also need ChromeDriver, which allows Selenium to interface with the Chrome browser:

wget https://chromedriver.storage.googleapis.com/114.0.5735.90/chromedriver_linux64.zip
unzip chromedriver_linux64.zip
sudo mv chromedriver /usr/bin/chromedriver
sudo chown root:root /usr/bin/chromedriver
sudo chmod +x /usr/bin/chromedriver

Make sure to download a version of ChromeDriver that is compatible with the installed version of Google Chrome.

5. Install Python (or Another Language) and Selenium

Install Python, pip, and Selenium:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install python3 python3-pip
pip3 install selenium

6. Write Your Selenium Script

You can now write your Selenium script using the headless option:

from selenium import webdriver
from selenium.webdriver.chrome.options import Options

options = Options()
options.add_argument("--headless")

driver = webdriver.Chrome(options=options)
driver.get("https://www.example.com")

7. Run Your Script

You can now run your Selenium script with the following:

python3 your-script.py

For more information, I could also suggest these tutorials here as well:

https://www.digitalocean.com/community/tutorials?q=[selenium]&hits_per_page=12

Best,

Bobby

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