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Automation with AutoIt

This is a tool primarily used for automating windows applications but can also be used in conjunction with Selenium to deal with any windows dialogue boxes that Selenium on its own cannot manipulate. It can also interact with Active X dialogues. Generally speaking it is bad practice to implement this tool in your framework as it will only work with windows but if for example you find yourself on a project where you have little or no option it can be very useful, I have personally used this for a legacy application that was windows only and relied heavily on ActiveX but I would not recommend it for anything else!

Selenium on it’s own can do a lot with it’s builder actions and abilities to handle (to an extent) alert boxes, so don’t bring this into your solution unless you really need it. This is good for legacy applications that are not very browser friendly.

First off, download AutoIt:


Rather than go through the more traditional route of authoring VB Script in Auto IT’s Scite Editor (Explained below) we can import AutoItX – DLL/COM control which features a C# assembly. You still need to install AutoIt and also add the assembly to your references in Visual Studio.

Once setup we can start authoring C# with the goodies contained in AutoItX, lets dig in with an example.

public static void HandlePrintDialogue()
            au3.WinWait(AiWindows.PrintWindow, "", 10);

This code handles IE’s print dialogue window after the user has clicked a print button on the page or pressed CTRL + P. To begin with we are waiting for a window with the title “Print” to appear on screen within 10 seconds. Please bear in mind the window you are looking for may be names differently in different versions of windows.

au3.WinWait(AiWindows.PrintWindow, "", 10);

Once found we are activating that window to be be manipulated in some way.


Then we send an enter key press because with careful observation we know Enter defaults to “Ok” and the print job will be started.


You can do a lot more with AutoItX including making assertions on the content of windows dialogues, handling downloads and more.

Please refer to the following for a full list of functions:

Scite Editor

Open the Script editor and type your VB Script to deal with the dialogue/ issue in question. In this example we are only sending keystrokes to the active window if it is titled as “Login”.

If Winactive ("Login") = 0 Then

Send ("Username")
Send ("{TAB}")
Send ("Password")
Send ("{ENTER}")

We can save this and compile it, AutoIt will create an *.exe which we can execute from our step definition in the selenium code:

public void HandleLoginPrompt()
            Runtime run = Runtime.getRuntime();
            Process pp = run.exec("C:\\PathToFile\\AILoginScript.exe");

Run the test and see the results.