Downloading file to specified location with Selenium and python.

We can download files to a specified location with Selenium in Python. This is done by the help of the ChromeOptions class. We shall set the preferences of the browser and pass the download.default_directory parameter.

We need to mention the path of the download directory with that parameter. This preference is sent to the ChromeOptions object with the add_experimental_option method.

Finally, this browser information is shared with the driver object.


op = webdriver.ChromeOptions()
p = ("download.default_directory": "C:\Users", "safebrowsing.enabled":"false")
op.add_experimental_option("prefs", p)
driver = webdriver.Chrome(chrome_options=op)


Code Implementation.

from selenium import webdriver
from import By
#object of ChromeOptions
op = webdriver.ChromeOptions()
#set download directory path
p = ("download.default_directory": "C:\Users""safebrowsing.enabled":"false")
#adding preferences to ChromeOptions
op.add_experimental_option("prefs", p)
driver = webdriver.Chrome(executable_path="C:\chromedriver.exe", chrome_options=op)
#identify element
m = driver.find_element_by_link_text("32 bit Windows IE")