Wiki Automation Web Scraping Selenium with Python

Recipes, Tips and Tricks

How to get the HTML of one element?


How to get the next sibling of an element?

el = browser.find_element_by_xpath('//...')
next_el = el.find_element_by_xpath('following-sibling::*[1]')

How to fill in a login / password form (or any other form)?

username = browser.find_element_by_id('username')
password = browser.find_element_by_id('password')
form = browser.find_element_by_id('signin-form')

How to make sure a given element is visible?

Some frontend frameworks will refuse clicks from the user if the element clicked on is not visible. Here is a little trick that ensure the element is in fact visible, by scrolling down below it then scrolling back up a bit, before you do click on it using your robot.

el = find_element()  # replace this by whatever element finder you need
browser.execute_script("arguments[0].scrollIntoView(true); window.scrollBy(0, -120);", el)