[Solved] How to get text with Selenium WebDriver in Python

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")


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

How can I fix this?

Solution #1:

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.

Respondent: Arran

Solution #2:








Respondent: Shubham Jain

Solution #3:

The answer is:

Respondent: rearThing

Solution #4:

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.

Respondent: kishlaya kumar

Solution #5:

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")
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
Respondent: subhasis

Solution #6:

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


Link to useful documentation:

Respondent: DebanjanB

Solution #7:

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
Respondent: user7693644

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