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March 20, 2014

Selenium – Get Object List


Use cases:

  • Handle dynamic list – object id changes based on the number of rows.
  • Better validation options for list of objects in one screen.
  • Find elements where the relative XPath is different across devices.
  • Getting dynamic data from screen.


In selenium you can get list of objects with specific property and manipulate it in the code.

For example:

I would like to get the cars category list and number of car in each category.

How to do it:

  • Find the common property:

In this example, all the items has the same class property : ui-link-inherit

  • In the code use findElements command with XPath “contains” option with the specific property.

List<WebElement> objList  = webDriver.findElements(By.xpath("(//div[fusion_builder_container hundred_percent="yes" overflow="visible"][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type="1_1" background_position="left top" background_color="" border_size="" border_color="" border_style="solid" spacing="yes" background_image="" background_repeat="no-repeat" padding="" margin_top="0px" margin_bottom="0px" class="" id="" animation_type="" animation_speed="0.3" animation_direction="left" hide_on_mobile="no" center_content="no" min_height="none"][@id=\"Content-\"])/ul/li/following::*[contains(@class,\"ui-link-inherit\")]"));

  •   Loop over the WebElemet list to work with the objects



The Xpath:


In this example I need to set an anchor to the list as part of my XPath because the page contains other object with the same class property which I want to exclude.

Part 1: The first part is setting the anchor for the elements I looking for:


Part 2: the second part is getting all the objects with the calss ui-link-inherit


Code example: