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Splinter: open Firefox in fullscreen mode

With Splinter you can automate a browser window (click on a button, type in some text, etc). You can also use a Firefox instance beside Chrome and some other browsers. But how to open the Firefox instance in fullscreen (as if you had clicked on the “maximize” button)? Strangely, there is no command-line option for this :(

Well, under Linux there are some tools that allows you to interact with windows:

  • xwininfo
  • xdotool
  • wmctrl

When the Firefox instance is opened, it becomes the active window and I ask its window ID with “xdotool getactivewindow”. Then, with “wmctrl” I can toggle this window to fullscreen.


jabba@jabba-uplink:~$ xdotool getactivewindow
jabba@jabba-uplink:~$ python
Python 2.7.4 (default, Apr 19 2013, 18:28:01) 
[GCC 4.7.3] on linux2
Type "help", "copyright", "credits" or "license" for more information.
>>> hex(109051940)
jabba@jabba-uplink:~$ wmctrl -i -r 0x6800024 -b toggle,maximized_vert,maximized_horz

The same in Python is available in my jabbapylib library here.

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  1. droogans
    July 19, 2013 at 21:19

    Splinter allows you access to all the of the underlying selenium driver actions via splinter.Browser().driver


    br = splinter.Browser('firefox')

    Would do it.

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