Top5 Selenium WebDriver Coding Tips

Selenium WebDriver is a powerful automation tool for testing web applications. It’s an open source library bundled with a rich set of features. As we already discussed in our previous article about Selenium Webdriver Architecture.

Selenium WebDriver

All these abilities together make it a perfect tool for automation. But you need proper guidance to get the best out of it. In this Selenium tutorial, we’ve assembled some of the best and Top 5 Selenium Webdriver coding tips for software testers.

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Tip-1: Best Method To Create Webdriver Instance.

A common Selenium Webdriver coding tips which every tester must know and also you can’t avoid.

1.1- Use the <Factory> design pattern to create objects based on browser type.

1.2- Extend the below code or use it as is in your projects.

public class DriverFactory {

private WebDriver driver = null;

public static WebDriver getBrowser(String browserType) {

if (driver == null) {

if (browserType.equals(“Firefox”))


driver = new FirefoxDriver();

} else if (browserType.equals(“Chrome”))


driver = new ChromeDriver();

} else if (browserType.equals(“IE”))


driver = new InternetExplorerDriver();



return driver;


Tip-2: Simple Method To Check If An Element Exists.

2.1- You should use <findElements> instead of <findElement>.

2.2- <findElements> returns an empty list when it doesn’t find any matching elements.

2.3- You can use the code given below to check for the presence of an element.

Boolean isItemPresent = driver.findElements(By.testLocator).size() > 0

Tip-3: Avoid Exception While Checking An Element Exists.

3.1- The code in the previous tip may lead to <NoSuchElementException>. Also, it could be a bit slower in some cases.

3.2- Webdriver has a Fluent wait feature. We can use it to check the element.

3.3- It gives the ability to ignore any exception and allows to test the <WebElement>. Let’s see how to achieve what’s said here.

/* 1- Test if an element exists on the page.

2- Ignore the no element found exception.


By element = By.xpath(“.//*[@id=’demo’]/p”);

Wait < WebDriver > wait = new FluentWait < > (driver)

.withTimeout(60, TimeUnit.SECONDS)

.pollingEvery(5, TimeUnit.SECONDS)




Tip-4: Wait For A Page With JavaScript(JS) To Load.

4.1- It’s quite common working with pages bloated with JavaScript. The challenge is how to make sure the page has finished loading.

4.2- Here, we are giving a solution that works. This code will help you setting

wait.until(new Predicate < WebDriver > () {


public Boolean apply(WebDriver driver) {

return ((JavascriptExecutor) driver).executeScript(“return document.readyState”).equals(“complete”);



Tip-5: Take A Screenshot Using Webdriver.

5.1- It’s easy to capture a screenshot of any error using Webdriver.

5.2- Use the below Webdriver code. It saves the screenshot to the current project directory.

WebDriver driver = new FirefoxDriver();


// Store the screenshot in current project dir.

String screenShot = System.getProperty(“user.dir”) + “\\screenShot.png”;

// Call Webdriver to click the screenshot.

File scrFile = ((TakesScreenshot) driver).getScreenshotAs(OutputType.FILE);

// Save the screenshot.

FileUtils.copyFile(scrFile, new File(screenShot));


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