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What is NoSuchProviderException in Selenium?

Exceptions in Selenium are error messages Webdriver throws when encountering errors or failures during test execution. These exceptions are a part of Selenium’s error-handling mechanism. Also, these exceptions help us to understand the error and its causes in more detail, thereby helping us to fix it.

One such not-so-common exception is NoSuchProviderException, so let’s see why this exception is triggered and how we can avoid this exception.

Root Causes for NoSuchProviderException

The root cause for this exception is any issue with the configuration or availability of any service provider Selenium interacts with. The service provider can be Webdriver, browser driver, or remote testing services. Let’s see the common reasons for this exception to get triggered.

  • Incorrect WebDriver Specified: One reason for this exception is when we try to specify the WebDriver and if we misspell it or mention a non-supporting one.

    Example: WebDriver driver = new SomeNonExistentDriver();

  • Unsupported Browser Driver: When we use the browser driver that is not compatible with the current version of WebDriver which we are using, then this exception is raised.

    Example: Trying to use an Edge driver with a Selenium version that doesn’t support the latest Edge version.

  • Incorrect Path to Driver Executable: When the path to the driver is mentioned wrong, this exception will be triggered.

    Example: System.setProperty("webdriver.chrome.driver", "incorrect/path/to/chromedriver");

  • Missing Driver Executable: This exception can also be thrown when there is an issue in the browser driver.

    Example: Failing to download or place the chromedriver.exe in the specified path.

  • Incorrect Configuration for Remote WebDriver: When the URL or other configurations for the remote WebDriver are incorrect or the remote server is not running, this exception is thrown.

    Example: new RemoteWebDriver(new URL("http://incorrecturl:4444/wd/hub"), capabilities);

  • Incompatible Browser and Driver Version: This exception is raised when the browser and driver versions are incompatible.

    Example: Using Chrome 90 with a ChromeDriver designed for Chrome 85.

  • Missing or Incompatible Dependencies in the Project: This exception also gets raised when the required libraries or dependencies are either missing or incompatible with the existing project setup.

    Example: Not including the correct Selenium WebDriver dependency in the project’s build tool configuration (like Maven or Gradle).

Avoiding NoSuchProviderException

  • Use Correct WebDriver: Ensure you use the correct WebDriver for the browser you intend to automate. For example, use ChromeDriver for Google Chrome, GeckoDriver for Firefox, etc.
  • Correct Configuration: Properly configure your WebDriver. This includes setting the suitable system properties and paths to the driver executables, for example, System.setProperty("webdriver.chrome.driver", "/path/to/chromedriver") for Chrome.
  • Driver and Browser Compatibility: Make sure the version of the browser driver you are using is compatible with the version of the browser installed on your system. Browser drivers are frequently updated to match new browser versions.
  • Correct Dependency Management: Ensure that all necessary dependencies and libraries are included and correctly configured in your project. This is particularly important when using build tools like Maven or Gradle.
  • Use Supported Selenium Version: Always use a version of Selenium that is compatible with your browser and its driver. Check Selenium’s documentation for information on supported versions.
  • Proper Remote WebDriver Setup: If using Selenium Grid or a remote WebDriver, ensure that the remote URL is correct and the remote server is running and accessible.
  • Environment Checks: Make sure your testing environment (including network settings, firewalls, etc.) does not block Selenium’s operations, especially in remote WebDriver scenarios.
  • Regular Updates: Keep Selenium, browser drivers, and browsers up to date, as outdated versions can lead to compatibility issues.
  • Error Handling: Use proper error handling in your scripts to gracefully manage exceptions. This doesn’t prevent exceptions but helps in diagnosing issues quickly.
  • Consult Documentation and Community: Refer to Selenium’s official documentation and community forums for specific setup instructions and troubleshooting advice.

How testRigor is Different?

Selenium has been the preferred tool for many organizations till now. Still, as the market strategy moved to the early-to-market phase, Selenium couldn’t meet the demands of frequent testing and shift-left testing. Here are the disadvantages of using Selenium.

The need for an intelligent automation tool became the need of the hour. testRigor stands out from other tools here, as it avoids many hurdles or constraints that other automation tools have.

testRigor, with its integrated generative AI, offers a bundle of features that reduces the effort of the QA team and the associated time to market. Let’s review a few of them.

  • No Installation Headache: testRigor is a cloud-based tool. So, we can save enormous time, effort, and money in setting up the infrastructure and the tool. Just purchase the license and sign in; you are quickly ready to automate.
  • Scripting Made Easy: Unlike other tools that depend on programming languages for scripting, testRigor helps write your test scripts in plain English. This benefits the QA, management, or other stakeholders who can easily create test scripts without any prerequisite programming knowledge.
  • No Compatibility issues: Using testRigor, you don’t have to set up a framework or install any dependencies; everything comes built-in with the tool itself. So, there is no chance of error for version mismatch or compatibility issues. Just choose your environment and run the test cases.
  • Easy Integrations: testRigor provides built-in integrations with test management tools, bug management tools, CI providers, infrastructure providers, etc., to ease your task to a great extent.

These are just the tip of the iceberg. You can delve deeper into the features of testRigor here.


Having the right tool saves time, cost, and effort for any task. When it is QA, it adds test coverage too. QA is crucial for product development; no company likes to ship buggy products. Tools like testRigor save time and money and increase coverage so that an organization can confidently ship a high-quality, bug-free product quickly. If intelligent tools are available to help you in your testing activities, why not use them?

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