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get_attribute() element method – Selenium Python
  • Difficulty Level : Basic
  • Last Updated : 27 Apr, 2020

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 get_attribute method in Selenium. get_attribute method is used to get attributes of an element, such as getting href attribute of anchor tag. This method will first try to return the value of a property with the given name. If a property with that name doesn’t exist, it returns the value of the attribute with the same name. If there’s no attribute with that name, None is returned.

Syntax –
element.get_attribute("attribute name")

Example –




<a href="https://www.geeksforgeeks.org/" id="link" />

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



element = driver.find_element_by_id("link")
element = driver.find_element_by_xpath("//a[@id='link']")

Also, to find multiple elements, we can use –

elements = driver.find_elements_by_id("link")

Now one can get attribute of this field with

element.get_attribute('href')

How to use get_attribute method in Selenium Python ?

Let’s use https://www.geeksforgeeks.org/ to illustrate this method in Selenium Pythpn . Here we get href attribute of courses tab in navigation bar at geeksforgeeks.
Program –




# import webdriver
from selenium import webdriver
  
# create webdriver object
driver = webdriver.Firefox()
  
# enter keyword to search
keyword = "geeksforgeeks"
  
# get geeksforgeeks.org
  
# get element 
element = driver.find_element_by_link_text("Courses")
  
# get href attribute
print(element.get_attribute('href'))

Output-

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Terminal Output –
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