Finding an element in Selenium

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Can someone tell me, what will be the difference between



find_element(By.XPATH, my_xpath) 

if I use them in my code below:

from selenium import webdriver
from import By

source = ""
my_xpath = '/html/body/div[4]/div[2]/div[2]/div/div[1]/img'
driver = webdriver.Firefox()
x = driver.find_element_by_xpath(my_xpath)
y = driver.find_element(By.XPATH, my_xpath)
Mar 27, 2018 in Selenium by code_ninja
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Basically, they are not too different. The difference is in managing your objects: find_element() gives more flexibility, as you can create a 

locator = By.XPATH, my_xpath 

somewhere and use it as find_element(*locator) in, for example, your tests. You can simply update locator 

locator = By.CSS, my_css 

and there will be no need in updating your test code as find_element(*locator) is still valid.

answered Mar 27, 2018 by nsv999
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Hi, ​both find_element_by_xpath(xpath) and find_element(By.XPath, xpath) serve the same purpose, but when you use find_element (By.XPATH, xpath) you need to create the xpath instance whereas in find_element_by_xpath() by id instance is created along with the find elements. Its better to go with find_element(by. xpath) as we have the ability to modify the instance at any time.

answered Aug 23, 2019 by Abha
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