StaleElementReferenceException in Selenium

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I'm using 3.9.1 version of selenium with Java to automate the testing of a web application. On clicking a button on the page, some dynamic content is loaded. The page thus refreshes whenever this button is clicked. A java script runs on button click and updates the DOM IMO. So, at this instant, the button (which is visible on the page), cannot be accessed & I get a staleElementReferenceException.

So, my question is, does Selenium automatically reload the DOM once it changes? I am relatively new to selenium. I did some basic research and refreshed the page using driver.navigate().Refresh() to check if my problem gets solved. And, it doesn't work. Any pointers will be deeply appreciated.
Mar 29, 2018 in Selenium by Shubham
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Since the page gets refreshed, the button referenced, is to the button on the old page which no longer exists. So, your best solution is by getting a new reference to the button on the refreshed page (eg call FindElementById).
answered Mar 29, 2018 by nsv999
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