Explaining Watir, Selenium and WebDriver

Something I seem to be explaining to people all the time… the relationships between Watir, Watir “2.0″, Selenium, Selenium “2.0″ and WebDriver.

Alister Scott has done an excellent job of explaining the impact of WebDriver on Selenium and Watir and what it mean for their respective futures. Read it here.


  • Selenium 1 => dead
  • Selenium 2 == WebDriver
  • Watir 1.* (+ derivs) => dead
  • Watir 2.0 => Watir API using WebDriver to communicate with the browser

Added version number to Watir to avoid the confusion seen here.

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