Loading chrome profiles using python and selenium

When using Python

To launch Chrome with its default profile using Python's webdriver so that cookies and site preferences persist across sessions, you need to declare the

This is what finally got it working for me.

from selenium import webdriver

options = webdriver.ChromeOptions() 
options.add_argument("user-data-dir=C:\\Path") #Path to your chrome profile
w = webdriver.Chrome(executable_path="C:\\Users\\chromedriver.exe", options=options)

To find path to your chrome profile data you need to type chrome://version/ into address bar . For ex. mine is displayed as C:\Users\pc\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default, to use it in the script I had to exclude \Default\ so we end up with only C:\Users\pc\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data.

Also if you want to have separate profile just for selenium: replace the path with any other path and if it doesn't exist on start up chrome will create new profile and directory for it.

Last update: November 18, 2023
Created: October 12, 2023