How to run Selenium in the App Platform without a droplet?

How to install google-chrome on the app platform to run selenium?

I used the typical selenium setup for running selenium:

from selenium import webdriver
from import Options
from import Service
from import ChromeDriverManager

def chrome_initializer():
    service = Service(executable_path=ChromeDriverManager().install())
    options = Options()
    driver = webdriver.Chrome(options=options, service=service)
    source = driver.page_source

However, I get the following issue:

[WDM] - Could not get version for google-chrome. Is google-chrome installed?
[WDM] - Get LATEST chromedriver version for None google-chrome
[WDM] - Driver [/workspace/.wdm/drivers/chromedriver/linux64/102.0.5005.61/chromedriver] found in cache

It manages to get the chromedriver but I could not find a way to install google-chrome without a dropplet.

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Bobby Iliev
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October 24, 2022

Hi there,

I think that installing this directly on the App Platform would not be possible, but what you could try is using a Dockerfile to deploy your app.

That way you should be able to specify the package installation in your Dockerfile and the App Platform will build that image for you with the package included.

You could use the following as the base image:



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