What is difference between Implicit wait and explicit wait?

what is difference between Implicit wait and explicit wait ?


Selenium WebDriver is one of the Selenium tools that provides a programming interface to code and test various web applications. It used various packages and methods to achieve its goal.

Implicit waits are used to provide a default waiting time between each consecutive test step/command across the entire test script. Thus, subsequent test step would only execute when the specified amount of time have elapsed after executing the previous test step/command.

Explicit waits are used to halt the execution till the time a particular condition is met or the maximum time has elapsed. Unlike Implicit waits, Explicit waits are applied for a particular instance only.


Implicit wait basically tells Selenium to wait for a certain amount of time before throwing a “No such element” exception.

driver.manage().timeouts().implicitlyWait(TimeOut, TimeUnit.SECONDS);

The explicit wait is used to tell the Web Driver to wait for certain conditions before throwing an “ElementNotVisibleException” exception.

WebDriverWait wait = new WebDriverWait(WebDriver Reference, TimeOut);