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I'm trying to follow a tutorial about Selenium, http://selenium-python.readthedocs.io/getting-started.html. I've downloaded the latest version of geckodriver and copied it to /usr/local/bin. However, when I try

from selenium import webdriver

driver = webdriver.Firefox()

I get the following error message:

Traceback (most recent call last):

  File "/Users/kurtpeek/Documents/Scratch/selenium_getting_started.py", line 4, in <module>

    driver = webdriver.Firefox()

  File "/Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/2.7/lib/python2.7/site-packages/selenium/webdriver/firefox/webdriver.py", line 152, in __init__


  File "/Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/2.7/lib/python2.7/site-packages/selenium/webdriver/remote/webdriver.py", line 98, in __init__

    self.start_session(desired_capabilities, browser_profile)

  File "/Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/2.7/lib/python2.7/site-packages/selenium/webdriver/remote/webdriver.py", line 188, in start_session

    response = self.execute(Command.NEW_SESSION, parameters)

  File "/Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/2.7/lib/python2.7/site-packages/selenium/webdriver/remote/webdriver.py", line 252, in execute


  File "/Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/2.7/lib/python2.7/site-packages/selenium/webdriver/remote/errorhandler.py", line 194, in check_response

    raise exception_class(message, screen, stacktrace)

selenium.common.exceptions.WebDriverException: Message: Unable to find a matching set of capabilities

[Finished in 1.2s with exit code 1]

From https://github.com/SeleniumHQ/selenium/issues/3884, it seems like other users are experiencing similar issues, but the Selenium team is unable to reproduce it. How can I get Selenium working with Firefox? (It does work with chromedriver and a webdriver.Chrome() instance, so I suspect this might be a bug in Selenium).

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Updating Firefox and Selenium solved it for me. I don't pretend to have an explanation for the root cause, however.

  • Updated Firefox 48 → 53

  • Updated to Selenium 3.4.1

I also reinstalled/updated Geckodriver using Homebrew and explicitly used it as an executable for Selenium WebDriver, but it turned out that it wasn't necessary to mitigate the "Unable to find matching set of capabilities" error.

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