How to control Chromedriver using curl

Here is how to use Chromedriver without libraries like selenium-webdriver. This can be useful for debugging.
The following example visits a web page and reads the a headline’s text contents.

1. download chromedriver.exe on windows/mac, go to the same directory and run this command:

On Mac: ./chromedriver &
On Windows: chromedriver.exe

2. Create a session:
Java Code:
WebDriver driver = new ChromeDriver();

Curl Command:
curl -XPOST http://localhost:9515/session -d ‘{“desiredCapabilities”:{“browserName”:”chrome”}}’

3. launch a URL:
Java Code:

Curl Command:
curl http://localhost:9515/session/142a7f9bb57b8fda48636c8709df9591/url -d ‘{“url”:””}’

4. find an element:
Java Code:
WebElement element = driver.findElement(“q”));

Curl Command:
curl http://localhost:9515/session/142a7f9bb57b8fda48636c8709df9591/element -d ‘{“using”:”name”, “value”:”q”}’

5. enter text in element:
Java Code:
element.sendKeys(“Naveen AutomationLabs”);

Curl Command:
curl http://localhost:9515/session/142a7f9bb57b8fda48636c8709df9591/element/0.45843488917986774-1/value -d ‘{“value”:[“Naveen Automation Labs”]}’

6. Quit Browser/close the session:
Java Code:

Curl Command:
curl -X DELETE http://localhost:9515/session/142a7f9bb57b8fda48636c8709df9591

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