Make ‘store’ command work with Selenium RC to pass values between test cases

Stored variables do not get passed between test cases in selenium-server-standalone-2.8.0. This might get fixed in the future but here is a work around for now that we used for our testing.


Test case 1 – Store the Google URL in the url variable






Test case 2 – open the Google URL stored in the previous test case







The url variable is empty in the second test.


In Windows, go to the directory of the selenium .jar file

1. Open the file (selenium-server-standalone-2.8.0.jar) with win RAR.

2. Go to core\scripts\selenium-testrunner.js

3. Open the file and search for the “startTest” function.

4. Move the following lines from the function “startTest” to the beginning of the function “startTestSuite”:

storedVars = new Object();

storedVars.nbsp = String.fromCharCode(160); = ‘ ‘;

5. Save the File and let the system pass the changes to the .jar as well.

The ‘store’ command should work!

– by Thierry Sequeira

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9 thoughts on “Make ‘store’ command work with Selenium RC to pass values between test cases

  1. Thank you for saving my life 😀

    Posted by SomeRandomGuy | November 7, 2011, 10:28 pm
  2. Glad it worked and thanks for your feedback 🙂

    Posted by thierrysequeira | November 7, 2011, 10:44 pm
  3. Thanks for this!

    Do you know if there is an issue for this in their issue tracker?

    Posted by Markos Fragkakis | November 15, 2011, 3:53 pm
  4. How can this be translated to a Junit .java class / code snippet?
    When i try to use a junit java class Selenium object does not “know of” the “store” command and indicates introducing a ‘cast’ to the Selenium object.

    Example (code in Eclipse Selenium project):

    import com.thoughtworks.selenium.*;
    import org.junit.*;
    import static org.junit.Assert.*;
    import static org.hamcrest.CoreMatchers.*;
    import org.openqa.selenium.*;

    public class SetLoginParams {
    Selenium selenium;
    public void testSetLoginParamsForBrad() throws Exception {“brad”, “userName”);“xxx123yyy”, “userPassword”);


    Posted by Bey | December 25, 2012, 12:44 am
  5. It totally worked for me, in the latest version (selenium-server-standalone-2.28.0).


    Posted by Nuno Estrada | January 29, 2013, 3:41 pm
  6. It is still an issue in the latest version.(selenium-server-standalone-2.28.0)
    But you can solve it as told above.
    Thank you very much.

    Posted by hdhd | February 7, 2013, 8:21 am
    • Hello,

      I’m trying to implement this solution with version 2.28.0 but it does not work.
      I opened the jar selenium-server-standalone-2.28.0.jar, changed the file selenium-testrunner.js.
      Here is my start function:
      startTestSuite: function () {
           storedVars = new Object ();
               storedVars.nbsp = String.fromCharCode (160);
      = ”;
               this.controlPanel.reset ();
               this.metrics.resetMetrics ();
               this.getTestSuite (). reset ();
               this.runAllTests = true;
               this.runNextTest ();

      There was there a mistake?

      Thank you in advance.

      Posted by Emmanuel | February 7, 2013, 1:33 pm

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