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send_keys method – Action Chains in Selenium Python

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  • Last Updated : 15 May, 2020
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Selenium’s Python Module is built to perform automated testing with Python. ActionChains are a way to automate low-level interactions such as mouse movements, mouse button actions, keypress, and context menu interactions. This is useful for doing more complex actions like hover over and drag and drop. Action chain methods are used by advanced scripts where we need to drag an element, click an element, double click, etc.
This article revolves around send_keys method on Action Chains in Python Selenium. send_keys method is used to send keys to current focused element.

Syntax –

Args –
keys_to_send: The keys to send. Modifier keys constants can be found in the ‘Keys’ class.

Example –

<input type ="text" name ="passwd" id ="passwd-id" />

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

element = driver.find_element_by_id("passwd-id")
element = driver.find_element_by_name("passwd")

Now one can use send_keys method as an Action chain as below –

How to use send_keys Action Chain method in Selenium Python ?

To demonstrate, send_keys method of Action Chains in Selenium Python. Let’ s visit and operate on an element.

Program –

# import webdriver
from selenium import webdriver
# import Action chains 
from selenium.webdriver.common.action_chains import ActionChains
# create webdriver object
driver = webdriver.Firefox()
# get
# get element 
element = driver.find_element_by_class_name("gsc-input")
# create action chain object
action = ActionChains(driver)
# click the item = element)
# send keys
# perform the operation

Output –

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