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How to use protractor to check whether text is present in an element or not ?

Last Updated : 22 Oct, 2021
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Protractor is an end-to-end test framework developed for AngularJS applications, however, it also works for non-Angular JS applications. It runs tests against the application interacting with it as a real user would, running in a real browser. In this article, we are going to use Protractor to check how we can wait for the text to be present in an element?

Prerequisite: Installation and Setup of Protractor

Approach: We are going to create a basic test program in which we are going to check whether the text is present in an element or not? All the Protractor tests will have a file that will contain the configuration and this will be the initial file that will initiate the test.

Below is the step-by-step implementation of the above approach.

Step 1: We have to first create a conf.js file consists of the configuration to be used with Protractor.


exports.config = {
 // Define the capabilities to be passed
 // to the webdriver instance
 capabilities: {
   browserName: "chrome",
 // Define the framework to be use
 framework: "jasmine",
 // Define the Spec patterns. This is relative
 // to the current working directory when
 // protractor is called
 specs: ["test.js"],
 // Define the options to be used with Jasmine
 jasmineNodeOpts: {
  defaultTimeoutInterval: 30000,
 // Define the baseUrl for the file
 baseUrl: "file://" + __dirname + "/",
 onPrepare: function () {
  browser.resetUrl = "file://";

Step 2: We will create the HTML file called test.html which will contain the element to be tested.


<!DOCTYPE html>
      fade-in effect on page load using JavaScript
    <script type="text/javascript">
        var opacity = 0;
        var intervalID = 0;
        window.onload = fadeIn;
        function fadeIn() {
            setInterval(show, 200);
        function show() {
            var body = document.getElementById("fade-in");
            opacity = Number(window.getComputedStyle(body)
            if (opacity < 1) {
                opacity = opacity + 0.1;
       = opacity
            } else {
  <!-- The element to be tested -->
  <div id="fade-in" 
       style="opacity: 0;">

Step 3: We will create the test.js file. In this file, we are going to access the above HTML file and then going wait for the element to have a particular text in it. The browser is a global created by Protractor, which is used for browser-level commands such as navigation with browser.get() method. The description and it syntax is from the Jasmine framework where describe is a description of your test while it defines the steps for the test.


describe('Protractor Demo App', function () {
  it('should have a title', async function () {
      var EC = protractor.ExpectedConditions;
      // Disable waiting for Angular render update
      // Get the HTML file that has to be tested
      // Get the fade in element
      let fadeIn = element('fade-in'));
      // Waits for the element with id 'myInput' to contain the input 'foo'.
      browser.wait(EC.textToBePresentInElementValue(fadeIn, 'GFG'), 5000);

Step 4: Finally, we will run the configuration file using the command given below. This will run the configuration file and the test will be run as shown in the output below.

protractor conf.js


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