Checking if an element exists with Python Selenium

For a): from selenium.common.exceptions import NoSuchElementException def check_exists_by_xpath(xpath): try: webdriver.find_element_by_xpath(xpath) except NoSuchElementException: return False return True For b): Moreover, you can take the XPath expression as a standard throughout all your scripts and create functions as above mentions for universal use. I recommend to use CSS selectors. I recommend not to mix/use “by id”, “by … Read more

What is the difference between a CSS and XPath selector? And which is better with respect to performance for cross-browser testing?

CSS selectors perform far better than XPath selectors, and it is well documented in Selenium community. Here are some reasons: XPath engines are different in each browser, hence making them inconsistent Internet Explorer does not have a native XPath engine, and therefore Selenium injects its own XPath engine for compatibility of its API. Hence we … Read more

How to execute tests with selenium webdriver while browser is minimized

When you initiate the Test Execution through Selenium, normally the Browser is initiated in maximized mode. Now, to execute your program/script, Selenium needs the focus on the Browser Client which renders the HTML DOM. When the Test Execution is In Progress if an user manually forcefully minimizes the browser, Selenium would loose the focus and … Read more

How to get rid of the infobar “Chrome is being controlled by automated test software” through Selenium

Try this: from selenium import webdriver options = webdriver.ChromeOptions() options.add_experimental_option(“useAutomationExtension”, False) options.add_experimental_option(“excludeSwitches”,[“enable-automation”]) driver_path=”/Users/myuser/Downloads/chromedriver” driver = webdriver.Chrome(executable_path=driver_path, chrome_options=options) driver.get(‘’) driver.close()