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Thread: Browser automation/embedding into GUI/ attaching to existing browser window

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    Default Browser automation/embedding into GUI/ attaching to existing browser window

    Im new here in forums and coding and not sure if Im posting in right section.

    So.. What best API or whatever you call for browser automation? I mean clicking links, filling forms, gathering sources and other info. I already tried selenium WebDriver. It have all needed functions but there is no feature like attaching code into already opened browser so even doing google search it opens new browser window (opening takes ~5-10secs). Also I believe that there is no way that I could embed that browser into GUI.

    Also tried WebSpecs and old Watij but also didnt found any way to attach or embed browser into my GUI.

    So what I need is that I could create GUI with embeded browser and bunch of buttons. I click buttons then embeded browser clicks links, gets info etc.

    Any advices? Maybe java is wrong language for doing this?

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    Default Re: Browser automation/embedding into GUI/ attaching to existing browser window

    Are you talking about creating something that controls the mouse and keyboard to interact with the browser? If so you might want to check out the Robot class.

    Are you talking about writing a web crawler? If so, googling "java web crawler" will find you several libraries that do just that, or you can write your own.
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    Default Re: Browser automation/embedding into GUI/ attaching to existing browser window

    Robot class moves mouse and uses keyboard? Then no.

    Im looking for API such as Watij New WebSpec API or Selenium WebDriver . They are for automating browsers for testing purposes.

    I spent few days testing and reading documentation but didnt found way how to embed their used browsers into GUI. Also no way to attaching already opened browser window rather than starting new one.

    Web crawlers are for other purpose. Not fow automating things like clicking buttons, filling forms ..

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