Simple Browser Remote Control Server

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Released: Jan 15, 2010
Updated: Jan 15, 2010 by Sky
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Simple Browser Remote Control Server

Simple Browser Remote Control Server (SBRCS) exposes control, via HTTP GET query string, of browsers on any machine capable of hosting an ASP.NET process.

The initial use case is an extension to the automated JavaScript testing server js-test-driver.

Due to various platform and browser implementations, control of a specific instance of a browser is not possible in a simple and reliable manner. Thus, issuing an OPEN command opens a NEW instance of the specified browser(s) to the specified url. Issuing a CLOSE command closes ALL instances of the specified browser. Different versions of a particular browser may be supported by ensuring that the executable process names are distinct, e.g. firefox3.exe, firefox35.exe.

Supported Runtimes:

  • Microsoft .NET 2.0 and later.
  • Mono 2.4.2 and later.

Tested Platforms:

  • Visual Studio Development Server
  • IIS 5/6/7/7.5 on Microsoft Windows XP SP3 and later
  • Mono XSP on Microsoft Windows XP SP3 and later, OS X 10.5.2, OpenSuSE Linux 11.2

Includes Newtonsoft.Json.Net20 for JSON functionality.

Usage Examples:

Ensure that browsers listed in the web.config file are accurate. The query string sample assumes that Firefox and Opera are installed.

?list=ignored
e.g. ?list
Returns a list array of registered browsers.

?open=URL,all
e.g. ?open=http://www.google.com,all
Opens URL in a new instance of all registed browsers and returns launch status.


?open=URL,key,key...
e.g. ?open=http://www.google.com,opera,firefox
Opens URL in a new instance of each listed browser and returns launch status.


?close=all
e.g. ?close=all
returns close status.


?close=key,key...
e.g. ?close=opera,firefox
Close ALL instances of listed browsers and returns close status.

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