Error: selenium.common.exceptions.WebDriverException: Message: 'chromedriver' executable needs to be in PATH

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I get the following error:

Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "C:\Users\ishaq\AppData\Local\Programs\Python\Python36\lib\site-packages\selenium\webdriver\common\service.py", line 74, in start
    stdout=self.log_file, stderr=self.log_file)
  File "C:\Users\ishaq\AppData\Local\Programs\Python\Python36\lib\subprocess.py", line 707, in __init__
    restore_signals, start_new_session)
  File "C:\Users\ishaq\AppData\Local\Programs\Python\Python36\lib\subprocess.py", line 992, in _execute_child
    startupinfo)
FileNotFoundError: [WinError 2] The system cannot find the file specified

During handling of the above exception, another exception occurred:

Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "C:/Users/ishaq/AppData/Local/Programs/Python/Python36/headless.py", line 9, in <module>
    driver = webdriver.Chrome(executable_path=os.path.abspath("chromedriver"),   chrome_options=chrome_options)
  File "C:\Users\ishaq\AppData\Local\Programs\Python\Python36\lib\site-packages\selenium\webdriver\chrome\webdriver.py", line 62, in __init__
    self.service.start()
  File "C:\Users\ishaq\AppData\Local\Programs\Python\Python36\lib\site-packages\selenium\webdriver\common\service.py", line 81, in start
    os.path.basename(self.path), self.start_error_message)
selenium.common.exceptions.WebDriverException: Message: 'chromedriver' executable needs to be in PATH. Please see https://sites.google.com/a/chromium.org/chromedriver/home

And my script is:

import os  
from selenium import webdriver  
from selenium.webdriver.common.keys import Keys  
from selenium.webdriver.chrome.options import Options 

chrome_options = Options()  
chrome_options.add_argument("--headless")  
chrome_options.binary_location = 
r'C:\Users\ishaq\Desktop\chrome\chromedriver.exe'    
driver = webdriver.Chrome(executable_path=os.path.abspath("chromedriver"),   
chrome_options=chrome_options)  
driver.get("http://www.duo.com")

magnifying_glass = driver.find_element_by_id("js-open-icon")  
if magnifying_glass.is_displayed():  
  magnifying_glass.click()  
else:  
  menu_button = driver.find_element_by_css_selector(".menu-trigger.local")  
  menu_button.click() 

search_field = driver.find_element_by_id("site-search")  
search_field.clear()  
search_field.send_keys("Olabode")  
search_field.send_keys(Keys.RETURN)  
assert "Looking Back at Android Security in 2016" in driver.page_source
driver.close()
May 10, 2018 in Selenium by eLiJha
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2 answers to this question.

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Very basic error. The main issue is with the path and driver execuable. So it's clear from the error that the Python client was unable to locate the chromedriver binary. When your mentioning the path of the driver, append it with the extension. Like this:

driver = webdriver.Chrome(executable_path=os.path.abspath("chromedriver.exe")
answered May 10, 2018 by king_kenny
• 3,610 points
+1 vote

You can also handle this error with python script:

In command line:

pip install webdriver-manager

Python script:

from selenium import webdriver
from webdriver_manager.chrome import ChromeDriverManager

driver = webdriver.Chrome(ChromeDriverManager().install())
answered Nov 27, 2018 by Srujan
Thank you Sir, it works!

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