Error message:

‘chromedriver’ executable needs to be in PATH

I was trying to code a script using selenium in pycharm, however the error above occured. I have already linked my selenium to pycharm as seen here (fresh and up to date).

I am new to selenium, isn’t chromedriver in the folder “selenium.”
If it isn’t, where can I find it and add it to the path?

By the way, I tried typing “chromedriver” in cmd, however, it wasn’t recognized as an internal or external command.

error shown below:

Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "C:\Users\sebastian\AppData\Local\Programs\Python\Python35-32\lib\site-packages\selenium\webdriver\common\service.py", line 64, in start
    stdout=self.log_file, stderr=self.log_file)
  File "C:\Users\sebastian\AppData\Local\Programs\Python\Python35-32\lib\subprocess.py", line 947, in __init__
    restore_signals, start_new_session)
  File "C:\Users\sebastian\AppData\Local\Programs\Python\Python35-32\lib\subprocess.py", line 1224, in _execute_child
    startupinfo)
PermissionError: [WinError 5] Permission denied

During handling of the above exception, another exception occurred:

Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "C:/Users/sebastian/PycharmProjects/web/bot.py", line 10, in <module>
    browser = webdriver.Chrome("C:/Users/sebastian/desktop/selenium-3.0.1")
  File "C:\Users\sebastian\AppData\Local\Programs\Python\Python35-32\lib\site-packages\selenium\webdriver\chrome\webdriver.py", line 62, in __init__
    self.service.start()
  File "C:\Users\sebastian\AppData\Local\Programs\Python\Python35-32\lib\site-packages\selenium\webdriver\common\service.py", line 76, in start
    os.path.basename(self.path), self.start_error_message)
selenium.common.exceptions.WebDriverException: Message: 'selenium-3.0.1' executable may have wrong permissions. Please see https://sites.google.com/a/chromium.org/chromedriver/home

Exception ignored in: <bound method Service.__del__ of <selenium.webdriver.chrome.service.Service object at 0x01EDEAF0>>
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "C:\Users\sebastian\AppData\Local\Programs\Python\Python35-32\lib\site-packages\selenium\webdriver\common\service.py", line 163, in __del__
    self.stop()
  File "C:\Users\sebastian\AppData\Local\Programs\Python\Python35-32\lib\site-packages\selenium\webdriver\common\service.py", line 135, in stop
    if self.process is None:
AttributeError: 'Service' object has no attribute 'process'

You can download ChromeDriver here:
https://sites.google.com/chromium.org/driver/

Then you have multiple options:

  • add it to your system path

  • put it in the same directory as your python script

  • specify the location directly via executable_path

     driver = webdriver.Chrome(executable_path="C:/path/to/chromedriver.exe")
    

Try this :

pip install webdriver-manager
from selenium import webdriver
from webdriver_manager.chrome import ChromeDriverManager

driver = webdriver.Chrome(ChromeDriverManager().install())

Another way is download and unzip chromedriver and put ‘chromedriver.exe’ in C:\Python27\Scripts and then you need not to provide the path of driver, just

driver= webdriver.Chrome()

will work

An answer from 2020. The following code solves this. A lot of people new to selenium seem to have to get past this step.
Install the chromedriver and put it inside a folder on your desktop. Also make sure to put the selenium python project in the same folder as where the chrome driver is located.

Change USER_NAME and FOLDER in accordance to your computer.

For Windows

driver = webdriver.Chrome(r"C:\Users\USER_NAME\Desktop\FOLDER\chromedriver")

For Linux/Mac

driver = webdriver.Chrome("/home/USER_NAME/FOLDER/chromedriver")

Do not include the ‘.exe’ in your file path.

For example:

from selenium import webdriver

driver = webdriver.Chrome(executable_path="path/to/folder/chromedriver")

try this :

driver = webdriver.Chrome(ChromeDriverManager().install())

Another way is download and unzip chromedriver and put ‘chromedriver.exe’ in C:\Python27\Scripts and then you need not to provide the path of driver, just

driver= webdriver.Chrome()

will work

Can testify that this also works for Python3.7.