On this website https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/power-automate/ui-flows/create-web it says:
Temporary user profile for playback
Selenium IDE recordings are done with the current user's profile, but playback is done using a temporary user profile. This means that websites that need authentication may not ask for credentials during a recording session, but the authentication steps will be needed during playback.
To address this, the user needs to manually edit the script to insert the commands needed for the login process.
I am struggling exactly with this.
After building my webapp flow, I tested everything in Selenium IDE where things work perfectly.
I even made sure that I am logged out from any website/application when I recorded my webapp flow.
In other words, my web app tests open a website where Selenium logs in and then executes the steps.
So far so good.
If I add my web app flow into a normal one then the login does not work.
There seems to be a refresh of the login page and things get stuck immediately.
Can somebody provide some hints how to overcome this issue?
Could you give more detail about the issue during flow execution? What do you mean by "a refresh of the login page"? This issue is tightly related to your website, so the solution will vary depending on the problem you face. Maybe the URL you're trying to reach isn't the right one when you're not signed in, so you're being redirected?
Indeed, as you said, the recording can be different from the playback as the playback is performed on a fresh browser profile, so the behavior may not be the same. If you want to record in the same conditions, you have to delete all the cookies/session/cache of your browser (you can use a different supported browser if you don't want to lose your data, like Edge if you're using Chrome).
Hi @WSH ,
I have a task in which I need to login to a site and work on it. I have created a flow and when I run it through selenium IDE, there is no authentication pop up but while I call it in power automate and test the flow from there, the authentication pop up exist while the site is loading and I need to manually enter the login credentials every time I run the flow.
In this site:
It says it's a limitation so the user needs to manually edit the script to insert the commands needed for the login process.
Can you please let me know which commands I need to insert in order to login?
Indeed, this behavior is expected as you are recording using your browser, which is probably already logged into the website, that's why you're not having the authentication popup during the recording. During the playback though, Selenium launches a fresh browser session to have a reproducible execution environment, so it needs to include the login steps in the recording.
The commands you have to insert in your script depends on your website, because all websites are different and have their custom login pages, that's why I cannot tell you which commands to add in your specific case.
So you have 2 possibilities:
Hope it helps 🙂
Hi @WSH ,
I have already done the steps you provided. To be more precise, when I record the steps through Selenium and when there is pop up for authentication,it stops recording at that point and when I enter the credentials and after logging into the site, it again starts recording. And when I test the flow in selenium again then it directly login to the web app. But when I call it in power automate and test it then It is asking for credentials every time I run the flow through power automate.
I have also tried to get the Xpath at the point of pop up but there is no inspect option while I right click on the pop up. I already used the 'Send Keys' command but It is unable to locate.
I have also tried to enter my username and password inside the URL in this format (https://Username:Password@powerusers.microsoft.com/ )
It worked in selenium IDE but I am getting the same issue while testing it through power automate.
I need to enter the credentials manually every time I test the flow through power automate
I see, actually with the authentication method your website is using, the login popup is displayed and handled by the browser, and not by the website itself. Selenium only have access to the website and that's why it cannot record the authentication steps.
As you mentioned, you have to put your credentials in the URL itself to be able to solve this issue.
I just tested it myself and I'm able to record and run a flow with this type of authentication. Here are the steps I took:
Does it work for you following my steps?
Alternatively, you can try recording your script with WinAutomation instead of Selenium. Now that Softomotive is part of Power Automate, you can directly use the WinAutomation Web recorder in UI flows. Here is a link to help you get started: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/power-automate/ui-flows/create-processes
I will go ahead and install the WinAutomation and try to record the script.
I hope that would help resolving this issue
Thanks for being precise.
Appreciate your help.
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