Time for action – using findElementByXPath() - Selenium

We are going to find an element on the page by using the findElementByXPath() method that is on each of the Browser Driver classes.findElement calls will return a WebElement object that we can perform actions on.

Follow these steps to see it work:

  1. Open your Java IDE. Intellij or Eclipse are the most used.

  2. We are going to use the command:

    WebElement element = ((FindsByXPath)driver).findElementByXpath("verifybutton");
  3. Run the test from the IDE. It will look like the following screenshot:

What just happened?

We have just seen how we can find an element by using the findElementByXPath helper method. After running the test, we saw that it passed meaning that the XPath that we passed in works. If an element is not found in Selenium,WebDriver will throw
aNotSuchElementFound exception.

Finding elements on the page by their XPath

We will now see how we can use it in action. The method's signature looks like:

findElementsByXpath(String using);

The using variable takes the ID of the element that you wish to look for. It will return a WebElement object that we can then work with.


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