org.openqa.selenium.StaleElementReferenceException: stale element reference: element is not attached to the page document

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I am getting an error as 

"stale element reference: element is not attached to the page document", when second time column loop is executed (@line: Columns_row.get(column).click();). 

Note: First time column will get clicked and mobile details will get printed on console. 

Please find the below sample script: 

//To locate rows of table. 

    List < WebElement > rows_table = driver.findElements(By.xpath("xpath/tr"));

    //To calculate no of rows In table.

    int rows_count = rows_table.size();

    //Loop will execute till the last row of table.

    for (int row = 0; row < rows_count-25; row++) {

    driver.manage().timeouts().implicitlyWait(5000, TimeUnit.SECONDS);

    String li= rows_table.get(row).getAttribute("xxx");


    //To locate columns(cells) of that specific row.

        List < WebElement > Columns_row = rows_table.get(row).findElements(By.xpath("xpath/td[2]//span/a"));

        //To calculate no of columns (cells). In that specific row.

        int columns_count = Columns_row.size();

        //Loop will execute till the last cell of that specific row.

        for (int column = 0; column < columns_count; column++) {

        driver.manage().timeouts().implicitlyWait(5000, TimeUnit.SECONDS);


        String mbl = driver.findElement(By.xpath("xpath/a")).getText();





        System.out.println("-------------------------------------------------- ");


kindly help if there is any solution for this error. 

Sep 7, 2019 in Selenium by AK

edited Sep 9, 2019 by Omkar 2,782 views

1 answer to this question.

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Hi AK, to resolve this type of error, you can try using this code snippet:

bool staleElement = true; 



     driver.FindElement(By.XPath(link_click), 10).Click();

     staleElement = false;

  } catch(StaleElementReferenceException e){

    staleElement = true;


answered Sep 9, 2019 by Abha
• 27,910 points

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