robotframework Getting started with robotframework

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This section provides an overview of what robotframework is, and why a developer might want to use it.

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VersionRelease date
Robot Framework 3.0.22017-02-14
Robot Framework 3.0.12017-01-06
Robot Framework 3.02015-12-31
Robot Framework 2.9.22015-10-09
Robot Framework 2.9.12015-08-28
Robot Framework 2.92015-07-30

Installation or Setup

Detailed instructions on getting Robot Framework set up or installed.

Robot framework is a generic test automation framework.This is implemented using Python and is supported on Python 2 and Python 3 Jython (JVM) and IronPython (.NET) and PyPy. For

  1. Acceptance testing
  2. Acceptance test-driven development (ATDD)


  1. Install a interpreters
  2. Configuring PATH
  3. Setting https_proxy

Python has the most advanced implementations and it is suggested to use Python, if you do not have exceptional requirements.

Robot Framework VersionSupported interpreter Version
Robot Framework 3.0Python 2.6
Robot Framework 3.0Python 2.7
Robot Framework 3.0Python 3.3
Robot Framework 3.0Jython 2.7 & Java 7
Robot Framework 3.0IronPython 2.7
Robot Framework 2.5-2.8Python 2.5
Robot Framework 2.5-2.8Jython 2.5
Robot Framework 2.0-2.1Python 2.3
Robot Framework 2.0-2.1Python 2.4
Robot Framework 2.0-2.1Jython 2.2

Python installation

Desired version of python can be downloaded from

Jython installation

An installer can be found at You can run this executable JAR package from the command line like javaava -jar jython_installer-.jar.

IronPython installation

An installer can be found at for IronPython 2.7.When using IronPython, an additional dependency is installing elementtree module 1.2.7

Configuring PATH & Setting https_proxy

Add Python installation directory (by default C:\Python27, C:\Python27\Scripts, C:\jython2.7.0\bin etc on windows ) and Scripts directory to the beginning of your path variable

Value of https_proxy should be the URL of the proxy. This is required when these packages are installed with pip and you are in a proxy network

Installing Robot Framework with pip

Install the latest version of robotframework

pip install robotframework

Install a specific version

pip install robotframework==2.0

Installing Robot Framework from source

Source distribution of Robot Framework can be found at Framework is installed from source using Python's standard script in the source scripts directory

python install
jython install
ipy install

Installing Robot Framework 3.0 on a Windows Machine using Python 2.7.11

This is a quick guide to get Robot Framework 3.0 working on a Windows machine using Python 2.7.11 - It does not go into too much depth on the why and how, it simply gets you up and running. First things are first, let't go and install Python!

  1. Download Python 2.7.11 for Windows. (Windows x86-64 MSI installer or Windows x86 MSI installer depending on architecture)

  2. Run through the install, making sure you install "pip" and that you opt in for the "Add python.exe to Path" (You may have to restart your machine to take advantage of the Python PATH. In this guide, it presumes you don't have that luxury)

  3. Once it is installed, let's do a quick check to make sure it installed correctly. Run CMD as admin and navigate to where Python was installed to cd C:\Python27 and type in python -V . It should return "Python 2.7.11"

That is it, Python is now installed to your machine. The next part is getting the Robot Framework Installed on your machine using pip.

  1. First, let's make sure we have the latest version of pip, by first navigating to the scripts directory within Python cd C:\Python27\Scripts and then entering python -m pip install -U pip . It should say that you have the most up to date version installed!

  2. Next, lets install Robot Framework by entering pip install robotframework

  3. Once pip has finished downloading and installing the files, enter robot --version to make sure it installed correctly. It should say Robot Framework 3.0 (Python 2.7.11 on win32/64)

  4. (Optional) If in the future there is an update for Robot Framework, you can run this command pip install --upgrade robotframework

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