How to open gmail and other menus from Google Apps menu using python selenium

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I want to open Gmail and other apps from google home page using python and selenium.

I am able to open 'Google Apps' with Xpath but not able to locate google apps like Gmail, Drive, YouTube, Account and other.

I tried with the code;

menu1 = driver.find_element_by_xpath("//*[@id='gbwa']/div[1]/a") 
menu2 = driver.find_element_by_xpath("//*[@id='gb23']/span[1]") 

Here menu2 is to click 'Gmail' available in apps. It works once but then every time it gives an error 

selenium.common.exceptions.ElementNotVisibleException: Message: element not interactable

I tried by 

  1. Putting wait  
  2. Using Xpath Contains 
  3. Switch_to_Window, Frame and other

but facing the same issue.

Any suggestions.

Thanks in Advance.

Jul 31, 2019 in Python by ADS
• 280 points

edited Jul 31, 2019 by Omkar 2,742 views

1 answer to this question.

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You have to add implicit wait until that button is clickable because that button loads only after you click the menu icon. This code works:

from selenium import webdriver
from import Options
import os
from import By
from import WebDriverWait
from import expected_conditions as EC

driver = webdriver.Chrome(executable_path=os.path.abspath("chromedriver"))


element = WebDriverWait(driver, 20).until(
EC.element_to_be_clickable((By.XPATH, "//a[@id='gb23']//span[@class='gb_m']")));
answered Jul 31, 2019 by Rishi
Thanks Rishi !

Well, I used the same code but for apps I used this Xpath ( I put Xpath as //*[@id="gbwa"]/div[1]/a.) and with that it ran for once but then locator visibility issue was throwing by the system.

Is that necessary to use firebug and not the F12 for chrome ?

Looks like you are using a wrong xpath. I tried "//a[@class='gb_z gb_rc']" and it worked.

Hi, I got same Xpath by Xpath Helper and F12.
I used ChroPath to find the Xpath. Give it a try.
Checked that ! Thanks Bro...
Did it work?
Yo ! It worked

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