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find_element_by_link_text() driver method – Selenium Python

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Selenium’s Python Module is built to perform automated testing with Python. Selenium Python bindings provide a simple API to write functional/acceptance tests using Selenium WebDriver. After you have installed selenium and checked out – Navigating links using get method, you might want to play more with Selenium Python. After one has opened a page using selenium such as geeksforgeeks, one might want to click some buttons automatically or fill a form automatically or any such automated task. 

This article revolves around how to grab or locate elements in a webpage using locating strategies of Selenium Web Driver. More specifically, find_element(By.LINK_TEXT, ) is discussed in this article. With this strategy, the first element with the link text value matching the location will be returned. If no element has a matching link text attribute, a NoSuchElementException will be raised.

Syntax – 

driver.find_element(By.LINK_TEXT, "Text of Link")

Example – 
For instance, consider this page source:  

HTML

<html>
 <body>
   
 
<p>Are you sure you want to do this?</p>
 
 
  <a href="continue.html">Continue</a>
  <a href="cancel.html">Cancel</a>
</body>
<html>

                    

Now after you have created a driver, you can grab an element using – 

login_form = driver.find_element(By.LINK_TEXT, 'Continue')

How to use driver.find_element(By.LINK_TEXT) method in Selenium?

Let’s try to practically implement this method and get a element instance for “https://www.geeksforgeeks.org/”. Let’s try to grab search form input using its link text “Tutorials”. 

Create a file called run.py to demonstrate find_element(By.LINK_TEXT) method –  

Python3

# Python program to demonstrate
# selenium
 
# import webdriver
from selenium import webdriver
from selenium.webdriver.common.by import By
 
# create webdriver object
driver = webdriver.Firefox()
 
# enter keyword to search
keyword = "geeksforgeeks"
 
# get geeksforgeeks.org
 
# get element
element = driver.find_element(By.LINK_TEXT, "Tutorials")
 
# print complete element
print(element)

                    

Now run using – 

Python run.py

First, it will open firefox window with geeksforgeeks, and then select the element and print it on terminal as show below. 

Browser Output –  

find_element-driver-method-Selenium-Python


Terminal Output – 

terminal-output-find_element-method-Python-selenium

More locators for locating single elements 

LocatorsDescription
find_element_by_idThe first element with the id attribute value matching the location will be returned.
find_element_by_nameThe first element with the name attribute value matching the location will be returned.
find_element_by_xpathThe first element with the xpath syntax matching the location will be returned.
find_element_by_link_textThe first element with the link text value matching the location will be returned.
find_element_by_partial_link_textThe first element with the partial link text value matching the location will be returned.
find_element_by_tag_nameThe first element with the given tag name will be returned.
find_element_by_class_namethe first element with the matching class attribute name will be returned.
find_element_by_css_selectorThe first element with the matching CSS selector will be returned.


 


 


 



Last Updated : 22 Sep, 2023
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