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Explicit waits in Selenium Python

Last Updated : 23 Feb, 2024
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Selenium Python is one of the great tools for testing automation. These days most of the web apps are using AJAX techniques. When a page is loaded by the browser, the elements within that page may load at different time intervals. This makes locating elements difficult: if an element is not yet present in the DOM, a locate function will raise an ElementNotVisibleException exception. Using waits, we can solve this issue. Waiting provides some slack between actions performed – mostly locating an element or any other operation with the element. Selenium Webdriver provides two types of waits – implicit & explicit. This article revolves around Explicit wait in Selenium Python.

Explicit Waits

An explicit wait is a code you define to wait for a certain condition to occur before proceeding further in the code. The extreme case of this is time.sleep(), which sets the condition to an exact time period to wait. There are some convenience methods provided that help you write code that will wait only as long as required. Explicit waits are achieved by using webdriverWait class in combination with expected_conditions. Let’s consider an example –


# import necessary classes
from import By
from import WebDriverWait
from import expected_conditions as EC
# create driver object
driver = webdriver.Firefox()
# A URL that delays loading
driver.get("http://somedomain / url_that_delays_loading")
    # wait 10 seconds before looking for element
    element = WebDriverWait(driver, 10).until(
        EC.presence_of_element_located((By.ID, "myDynamicElement"))
    # else quit

This waits up to 10 seconds before throwing a TimeoutException unless it finds the element to return within 10 seconds. WebDriverWait by default calls the ExpectedCondition every 500 milliseconds until it returns successfully.

Expected Conditions –

There are some common conditions that are frequently of use when automating web browsers. For example, presence_of_element_located, title_is, ad so on. one can check entire methods from here –

Convenience Methods

. Some of them are –

  • title_is
  • title_contains
  • presence_of_element_located
  • visibility_of_element_located
  • visibility_of
  • presence_of_all_elements_located
  • element_located_to_be_selected
  • element_selection_state_to_be
  • element_located_selection_state_to_be
  • alert_is_present

How to create an Explicit wait in Selenium Python ?

Explicit wait as defined would be the combination of WebDriverWait and Expected conditions. Let’s implement this on and wait 10 seconds before locating an element.


# import webdriver
from selenium import webdriver
from import By
from import WebDriverWait
from import expected_conditions as EC
# create webdriver object
driver = webdriver.Firefox()
# get
# get element  after explicitly waiting for 10 seconds
element = WebDriverWait(driver, 10).until(
        EC.presence_of_element_located((By.link_text, "Courses"))
# click the element

Output –

First it opens and then finds Courses link


It clicks on courses links and is redirected to


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