Error stale element reference element is not attached to the page document

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I’m getting an error when using selenium for my app which is built in C#.

OpenQA.Selenium.StaleElementReferenceException: stale element reference: element is not attached to the page document

IWebElement e = driver.FindElement(By.XPath(link_click), 10);


The error line is in the e.Click() but this was working fine earlier by using same XPath but failed on the last try. How can I fix it?

Jul 9, 2018 in Selenium by Martin
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2 answers to this question.

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It means that either the element changed in the page, or element gets deleted.You should try again, like this:

bool staleElement = true; 



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

     staleElement = false;

  } catch(StaleElementReferenceException e){

    staleElement = true;



answered Jul 9, 2018 by Samarpit
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Thanks......I resolved the issue.
thanks bro its working for me.
Hi Please tell how to implement this solution in protractor
Hey, @Rahul I'd recommend you using browser.wait and Expected Conditions to solve this issue.
Perfect. Thanks. it's worked for me.
Great!!! worked for me... :)
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go to your code and apply implicit wait with the Web Driver.

answered Dec 21, 2018 by Malik
Hey @Malik it doesn't help.

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