Robot Framework - Working With Checkbox

For testing, it becomes important to understand how to interact with the browser and locate the html elements. It is very easy to work with input fields with robot framework. In this chapter, we will learn how to work with checkbox using Selenium Library. To work with checkbox, we need the locator, which is the main unique identifier for that checkbox. The locator can be id, name, class, etc.

Project Setup for Checkbox Testing

We will first create a project in Ride to work with browsers. Open ride using from the command line.

Checkbox Testing

Click on New Project and enter Name of your project as shown in the screenshot below.

Checkbox Testing Screenshot

The name given for the project is Checkbox. Click OK to save the project.

Right-click on the name of the project created and click New Test Case

Checkbox Testing Test Case

Checkbox Testing Test Case Ex

Give name to the test case and click OK. We are done with the project setup. Now we will write test cases for checkbox. Since we need Selenium library, we need to import the same in our project.

Click on your project on the left side and use Library from Add Import.

Checkbox Testing Library

Now, click Library. A screen will appear where you need to enter the library name −

Checkbox Testing Appear

Click OK and the library will get displayed in the settings.

Checkbox Testing Displayed

The name given has to match with the name of the folder installed in site-packages. If the names do not match, the library name will show in red −

Checkbox Testing site packages

Test Case for Checkbox

In the test case, we will select the checkbox. To select the checkbox, we need the identifier locator.

Now consider the following html display for checkbox −

<input type="checkbox" name="option1" value="Car"> Car

For checkbox, we have the name as the locator. In the above example, the name is option1. We also need the value so that we can select the same. Car holds the value in the above example.

Now, we will create a test page with checkbox. Open the checkbox in the browser and select the value.

The test case details will be as follows −

  • Open browser − URL – http://localhost/robotframework/checkbox.html in Chrome

  • Enter details of checkbox.

  • Execute the test case.

While writing the keyword for test cases, press Ctrl + Spacebar. It gives all the details of the command.Details of checkbox.

The keywords to be used for checkbox is −

Select checkbox name:nameofcheckbox value

The command details from ride is as follows −

Name of Checkbox

So, arguments is the locator for the checkbox. Here are the details of the test case for Checkbox selection −

Checkbox selection

This is how the URL is −

Checkbox URL


      <title>Checkbox Test Page>/title>
      <form name="myform" method="POST">
         <b>How would you like to travel?</b>
            <input type="checkbox" name="option1" value="Car"> Car<br>
            <input type="checkbox" name="option2" value="Bus"> Bus<br>
            <input type="checkbox" name="option3" value="Train"> Train<br>
            <input type="checkbox" name="option4" value="Air"> Airways<br>

In the above form, we are planning to select Car, which is a checkbox. The details are given in the test case. Now, we will execute the test case and check the selection of the checkbox for the above form.

Checkbox planning

When the test case is executed, it opens the URL http://localhost/robotframework/checkbox.html and selects the name Car given in the test case.

Here are the execution details −

Checkbox execution

Details of Report

Checkbox Report

Checkbox test log

Details of Log

Checkbox Details log


In this chapter, we learnt how we can select a checkbox by giving the locator of the checkbox. The log and Reports give the details of the execution of the test case along with the time spent for each test case.