Handling HTTPS Certificate Errors in Selenium WebDriver for Internet Explorer

Handling HTTPS Certificate Errors in Selenium WebDriver for Internet Explorer

3 July 2024 Stephan Petzl Leave a comment QA

When running Selenium WebDriver test cases on Internet Explorer (IE), you might encounter HTTPS certificate errors that can halt your testing process. This article provides solutions to bypass these certificate errors effectively, ensuring your automated tests can run smoothly.

Common Solutions

There are several approaches to handle HTTPS certificate errors in IE. Below are some of the most effective methods:

1. Using Self-Signed Certificates

If your test machine is on the same domain as the server hosting the site, you can use self-signed certificates:

  • Request the team managing the server to create a self-signed certificate.
  • Have the certificate added to your machine.

If self-signed certificates are not feasible, consider having a certificate issued from your production certificate authority and import it to your test server and machine.

2. Executing JavaScript to Bypass the Error

Another method is to navigate to the site using JavaScript to click the “Continue to this website (not recommended)” link:


This approach works effectively on various versions of IE, including IE7, IE8, and IE9.

3. Handling the Error in Different Programming Languages

If you are using C#, the following code snippet can help you bypass the certificate error:

IWebDriver driver = new InternetExploreDriver();

For Python users, you can detect the certificate error using the page title and execute JavaScript accordingly:

if driver.title == 'Certificate Error: Navigation Blocked':

Additional Resources

For more detailed guidance on setting up virtual test devices, managing test batches, and handling exceptions, please refer to our documentation:

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