clear() element method – Selenium Python

Selenium’s Python Module is built to perform automated testing with Python. Selenium Python bindings provides a simple API to write functional/acceptance tests using Selenium WebDriver. To open a webpage using Selenium Python, checkout – Navigating links using get method – Selenium Python. Just being able to go to places isn’t terribly useful. What we’d really like to do is to interact with the pages, or, more specifically, the HTML elements within a page. There are multiple strategies to find an element using Selenium, checkout – Locating Strategies

This article revolves around how to use clear method in Selenium. clear method is used to clear text of any field, such as input field of a form or even to anchor tag paragraph, etc. It replaces its contents on the webpage in your browser.

Syntax –

element.clear()

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<input type="text" name="passwd" id="passwd-id" />

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To find an element one needs to use one of the locating strategies, For example,



element = driver.find_element_by_id("passwd-id")
element = driver.find_element_by_name("passwd")
element = driver.find_element_by_xpath("//input[@id='passwd-id']")

Also, to find multiple elements, we can use –

elements = driver.find_elements_by_name("passwd")

To enter text into a field, for example,

element.send_keys("some text")

Now one can clear this field with

element.clear()

Also note, it is possible to call clear on any element, which makes it possible to test keyboard shortcuts such as those used on Gmail.
One can easily clear the contents of a text field or textarea with the clear method:

How to use clear element method in Selenium Python ?

Let’s try to enter text in search field on geeksforgeeks and then clear its contents.
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# import webdriver
from selenium import webdriver
  
# create webdriver object
driver = webdriver.Firefox()
  
# get geeksforgeeks.org
  
# get element 
element = driver.find_element_by_id("gsc-i-id2")
  
# send keys 
element.send_keys("Arrays")
  
# clear contents
element.clear()

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clear element method - Selenium Python

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