Running selenium on a droplet

I am trying to run selenium webdriver on my droplet, and after days of unsuccessful attempts, I need some help. Here’s what I have done:

Hooked up a display:

from pyvirtualdisplay import Display from selenium import webdriver display = Display(visible=0, size=(1024, 768)) display.start()

Here’s where it chokes for Chrome:

b = webdriver.Chrome() #doesn’t choke yet, but definitely hangs for longer than normal… b < (session=“7725d000781011a8e713a7fd722361b4”)> b.get(‘’) #and there it is…

selenium.common.exceptions.WebDriverException: Message: unknown error: Runtime.executionContextCreated has invalid ‘context’: {“auxData”:{“frameId”:“1342.1”,“isDefault”:true},“id”:1,“name”:“”,“origin”:“://”} (Session info: chrome=55.0.2883.87) (Driver info: chromedriver=2.9.248304,platform=Linux 4.4.0-59-generic x86_64)

And here’s where it chokes for Firefox:

b = webdriver.Firefox() selenium.common.exceptions.WebDriverException: Message: Service geckodriver unexpectedly exited. Status code was: 2

I have tried at least 4 versions of different chrome drivers. I have selenium working on my personal box (I use Chrome) with this similar setup, but I don’t use/need the display. I am running the cheap droplet, 512mb, 5$, but I resized it to 4 GB of memory and it still fails, so its not there?

Thank you very much.

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I wasn’t playing with Selenium a lot, but AFAIK, it does require you GUI, to run browser. Error doesn’t appear to share a lot information, but if you don’t have any UI on server that can be a problem.

In case this is a problem, you can checkout headless mode and headless browser. It let’s you use browser from a CLI. There is no tutorial here, but I found one Medium article - Running Selenium WebDriver tests using Firefox headless mode on Ubuntu. Also, you can play around VNC and setup GUI on the server, that way.