How many times do you have to visit a website in your daily work? Do you ever have to go compile pricing information from competitors? Or maybe you must visit your own site to ensure pages with critical information are up and running. These tasks seem simple, but they can add up over time and eat up a big chunk of your workday. But with website automation, you can easily set up a bot to handle any of your browser actions, including Google Chrome automation.
Benefits of Chrome Automation
Google Chrome has quickly become one of the most used web browsers. That’s why we’ve put together this step-by-step tutorial on how to make a bot for Chrome using Automate for web browser automation tasks.
Web browser automation lets you set up a task to automatically scrape data from any website—making it easy to get the latest pricing information. And you can set up an automation task to monitor pages of your website to alert you if anything goes down or information isn’t rendering correctly.
Web browser automation bots mimic human behavior like opening, navigating, and closing browsers, and clicking on links, buttons, and entering keystrokes. Automate Plus can automate web browser actions from the most-popular browsers, including Internet Explorer, Safari, Firefox, and Google Chrome. And with the Automate Recorder, you can easily build web browser automation tasks to quickly get up and running with automation.
How to Automate Chrome
1. Download and install a free trial of Automate.
2. Click on New Recording from the Automate Task Builder to launch the Automate Recorder.
3. From the Automate Recorder, click the Web icon.
4. From the Open Web Browser dialogue, select Chrome from the list of supported browsers and enter the URL of the page that you want to open and then press Save and Open.
5. Using the mouse, hover over the element you would like to interact with on the newly opened browser and then click the element once Automate has identified it. Automate will outline in blue all the detected elements and capture the attributes in the background.
6. From the Automate Recorder interface, change the newly added interaction step to Set Value and then enter the text to be set.
7. The step-based approach of the Automate Recorder allows you to test each step in the process, not relying on a macro driven design. With the newly added step selected, press the Play icon to test the interaction with the element.
Your results should look like this:
8. From the Automate Recorder interface, press the Web icon again to interact with another element on the browser.
9. Then hover the mouse over the desired element and click it once Automate has identified it. Automate will outline in blue all the detected elements and capture the attributes in the background.
10. From the Automate Recorder interface, with the newly added step selected, press the Play icon to test the interaction with the element.
Your results should look like this:
11. With the GUI steps completed, click Save & Close from the Automate Recorder Interface.
12. The Automate Task Builder will now contain a Recording Region and the web browser actions are automatically added.
13. You can re-run the steps for the Automate task from either the Automate Task Builder or you can edit the recording steps and run the task from the Automate Recorder.
14. In either case, the task will open an instance of Chrome, enter the text “HelpSystems” in the search field and press the Google Search button.
Get Started with Chrome Automation
Download a free trial of Automate to set up your own Chrome browser automation task in minutes.