How to get text with Selenium WebDriver in Python

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I’m trying to get text using Selenium WebDriver and here is my code. Please note that I don’t want to use XPath, because in my case the ID gets changed on every relaunch of the web page.

My code:

text = driver.find_element_by_class_name("current-stage").getText("my text")

HTML:

<span class="current-text" id="yui_3_7_0_4_1389185744113_384">my text</span>

How can I fix this?

You want just .text.

You can then verify it after you’ve got it, don’t attempt to pass in what you expect it should have.

Python

element.text

Java

element.getText()

C#

element.Text

Ruby

element.text

To print the text my text you can use either of the following Locator Strategies:

  • Using class_name and get_attribute("textContent"):

    print(driver.find_element(By.CLASS_NAME, "current-stage").get_attribute("textContent"))
    
  • Using css_selector and get_attribute("innerHTML"):

    print(driver.find_element(By.CSS_SELECTOR, "span.current-stage").get_attribute("innerHTML"))
    
  • Using xpath and text attribute:

    print(driver.find_element(By.XPATH, "//span[@class="current-stage"]").text)
    

Ideally you need to induce WebDriverWait for the visibility_of_element_located() and you can use either of the following Locator Strategies:

  • Using CLASS_NAME and get_attribute("textContent"):

    print(WebDriverWait(driver, 20).until(EC.visibility_of_element_located((By.CLASS_NAME, "current-stage"))).get_attribute("textContent"))
    
  • Using CSS_SELECTOR and text attribute:

    print(WebDriverWait(driver, 20).until(EC.visibility_of_element_located((By.CSS_SELECTOR, "span.current-stage"))).text)
    
  • Using XPATH and get_attribute("innerHTML"):

    print(WebDriverWait(driver, 20).until(EC.visibility_of_element_located((By.XPATH, "//span[@class="current-stage"]"))).get_attribute("innerHTML"))
    
  • Note : You have to add the following imports :

    from selenium.webdriver.support.ui import WebDriverWait
    from selenium.webdriver.common.by import By
    from selenium.webdriver.support import expected_conditions as EC
    

You can find a relevant discussion in How to retrieve the text of a WebElement using Selenium – Python


References

Link to useful documentation:

The answer is:

driver.find_element_by_class_name("ctsymbol").text

You can use:

element = driver.find_element_by_class_name("class_name").text

This will return the text within the element and will allow you to verify it after that.

This is the correct answer. It worked!!

from selenium import webdriver
from selenium.webdriver.support.ui import WebDriverWait

driver = webdriver.Chrome("E:\\Python\\selenium\\webdriver\\chromedriver.exe")
driver.get("https://www.tatacliq.com/global-desi-navy-embroidered-kurta/p-mp000000000876745")
driver.set_page_load_timeout(45)
driver.maximize_window()
driver.implicitly_wait(2)
driver.get_screenshot_as_file("E:\\Python\\Tatacliq.png")
print ("Executed Successfully")
driver.find_element_by_xpath("//div[@class="pdp-promo-title pdp-title"]").click()
SpecialPrice = driver.find_element_by_xpath("//div[@class="pdp-promo-title pdp-title"]").text
print(SpecialPrice)

I’ve found this absolutely invaluable when unable to grab something in a custom class or changing id’s:

driver.find_element_by_xpath("//*[contains(text(), 'Show Next Date Available')]").click()
driver.find_element_by_xpath("//*[contains(text(), 'Show Next Date Available')]").text
driver.find_element_by_xpath("//*[contains(text(), 'Available')]").text
driver.find_element_by_xpath("//*[contains(text(), 'Avail')]").text


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