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find_element_by_tag_name() 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.TAG_NAME, ) is discussed in this article. With this strategy, the first element with the given tag name will be returned. If no element has a matching tag name, a NoSuchElementException will be raised.

Syntax – 

driver.find_element(By.TAG_NAME, "Tag name")

Example – 

For instance, consider this page source:  


<p>Site content goes here.</p>


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

login_form = driver.find_element(By.TAG_NAME, 'h1') 

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

Let’s try to practically implement this method and get a element instance for “”. Let’s try to grab first title using its tag “h2”. 

Create a file called to demonstrate find_element(By.TAG_NAME) method –  


# Python program to demonstrate
# selenium
# import webdriver
from selenium import webdriver
from import By
# create webdriver object
driver = webdriver.Firefox()
# enter keyword to search
keyword = "geeksforgeeks"
# get
# get element
element = driver.find_element(By.TAG_NAME, "h2")
# print complete element


Now run using – 


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

Browser Output –  


Terminal Output – 


More locators for locating single elements 

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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