Can t Click an Element in Python Selenium After Successfully Finding It

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I am using the following script to find elements called 'service_notes' and click the first of them:

from selenium import webdriver
from selenium.webdriver.common.keys import Keys
from import WebDriverWait
from import By
from import expected_conditions as EC
from selenium.common.exceptions import TimeoutException
import os

driver = webdriver.Firefox(executable_path=r'geckodriver.exe')

os.system("java -jar sikulix.jar -r login.sikuli")
driver.implicitly_wait(5) #
service_notes = driver.find_elements(By.XPATH, '//*/a[starts-with(@href, "/sites/frontiersupport/servicenotes/Lists/SNotes/DispForm.aspx")]')
print(str(service_notes[0]) + ' is the first service note')

According to the log, the element is found, but for some reason I can't click it:

<selenium.webdriver.firefox.webelement.FirefoxWebElement (session="7505cfd0-5f41-4a8c-af28-bca639e13332", element="c81518a8-5f6c-42fa-8089-5f9469423d7c")> is the first service note
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "", line 19, in <module>
  File "C:\Users\Joseph\AppData\Local\Programs\Python\Python36\lib\site-packages\selenium\webdriver\remote\", line 80, in click
  File "C:\Users\Joseph\AppData\Local\Programs\Python\Python36\lib\site-packages\selenium\webdriver\remote\", line 628, in _execute
    return self._parent.execute(command, params)
  File "C:\Users\Joseph\AppData\Local\Programs\Python\Python36\lib\site-packages\selenium\webdriver\remote\", line 312, in execute
  File "C:\Users\Joseph\AppData\Local\Programs\Python\Python36\lib\site-packages\selenium\webdriver\remote\", line 242, in check_response
    raise exception_class(message, screen, stacktrace)
selenium.common.exceptions.NoAlertPresentException: Message: No modal dialog is currently open

The browser is defniitely open, and I'm not sure why the driver is looking for an open 'modal dialog'. This should simply be clicking a link. Any ideas?

Here's the HTML of the link I want to click:

<a onfocus="OnLink(this)" href="/sites/frontiersupport/servicenotes/Lists/SNotes/DispForm.aspx?ID=14686" onclick="GoToLink(this);return false;" target="_self">Firmware 3.04 released for the 850-DS <img src="/_layouts/images/blank.gif" class="ms-hidden" alt="Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window)." width="1" height="1" border="0"></a>

Oct 4, 2018 in Python by eatcodesleeprepeat
• 4,790 points

1 answer to this question.

+1 vote

I've encountered this problem of not being able to click on elements too. One way I found to go around it was to use execute_script method. In your case -

driver.execute_script("arguments[0].click();", service_notes[0])
answered Oct 4, 2018 by Priyaj
• 58,140 points
Just awesome.. thanks a lot..!
You are welcome, I am glad it helped.
Awesome buddy..i literally spent one whole day on this issue and couldn't fix it. I came close but not successful. Now I am good with your solution. keep it up


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