NoSuchElementException, Selenium unable to locate element

  • 问题

    i would like to find my TextField in selenium, but i dont know how (i use sellenium for the first time).

    I tried:


    or by xPath and cssSelector String generated by chrome in dev tools.

    Please help me, i would appreciate explanation.

    this is html:




    org.openqa.selenium.NoSuchElementException popularly known as NoSuchElementException extends org.openqa.selenium.NotFoundException which is a type of WebDriverException.

    NoSuchElementException can be thrown in 2 cases as follows :

    • When using WebDriver.findElement(By by) :

      //example : WebElement my_element = driver.findElement(By.xpath("//my_xpath"));
    • When using WebElement.findElement(By by) :

      //example : WebElement my_element = element.findElement(By.xpath("//my_xpath"));

    As per the JavaDocs just like any other WebDriverException, NoSuchElementException should contain the following Constant Fields :

    Constant Field      Type                                        Value
    SESSION_ID          public static final java.lang.String        "Session ID"
    e.g. (Session info: chrome=63.0.3239.108)
    DRIVER_INFO         public static final java.lang.String        "Driver info"
    e.g. (Driver info: chromedriver=2.34.522940 (1a76f96f66e3ca7b8e57d503b4dd3bccfba87af1),platform=Windows NT 6.1.7601 SP1 x86)
    BASE_SUPPORT_URL    protected static final java.lang.String     ""
    e.g. (For documentation on this error, please visit:


    The reason for NoSuchElementException can be either of the following :

    • The Locator Strategy you have adopted doesn't identifies any element in the HTML DOM.
    • The Locator Strategy you have adopted is unable to identify the element as it is not within the browser's Viewport.
    • The Locator Strategy you have adopted identifies the element but is invisible due to presence of the attribute style="display: none;".
    • The Locator Strategy you have adopted doesn't uniquely identifies the desired element in the HTML DOM and currently finds some other hidden / invisible element.
    • The WebElement you are trying to locate is within an <iframe> tag.
    • The WebDriver instance is looking out for the WebElement even before the element is present/visibile within the HTML DOM.


    The solution to address NoSuchElementException can be either of the following :

    • Adopt a Locator Strategy which uniquely identifies the desired WebElement. You can take help of the Developer Tools (Ctrl+Shift+I or F12) and use Element Inspector.

      Here you will find a detailed discussion on how to inspect element in selenium3.6 as firebug is not an option any more for FF 56?

    • Use executeScript() method to scroll the element in to view as follows :

      WebElement elem = driver.findElement(By.xpath("element_xpath"));
      ((JavascriptExecutor)driver).executeScript("arguments[0].scrollIntoView();", elem);

      Here you will find a detailed discussion on Scrolling to top of the page in Python using Selenium

    • Incase element is having the attribute style="display: none;", remove the attribute through executeScript() method as follows :

      WebElement element = driver.findElement(By.xpath("element_xpath"));
      ((JavascriptExecutor)driver).executeScript("arguments[0].removeAttribute('style')", element)
    • To check if the element is within an <iframe> traverse up the HTML to locate the respective <iframe> tag and switchTo() the desired iframe through either of the following methods :

      driver.switchTo().frame(1); // 1 represents frame index

      Here you can find a detailed discussion on Is it possible to switch to an element in a frame without using driver.switchTo().frame(“frameName”) in Selenium Webdriver Java?.

    • If the element is not present/visible in the HTML DOM immediately, induce WebDriverWait with ExpectedConditions set to proper method as follows :

      • To wait for presenceOfElementLocated :

        new WebDriverWait(driver, 20).until(ExpectedConditions.presenceOfElementLocated(By.xpath("//div[@class='buttonStyle']//input[@id='originTextField']")));
      • To wait for visibilityOfElementLocated :

        new WebDriverWait(driver, 20).until(ExpectedConditions.visibilityOfElementLocated(By.xpath("//div[@class='buttonStyle']//input[@id='originTextField']")));
      • To wait for elementToBeClickable :

        new WebDriverWait(driver, 20).until(ExpectedConditions.elementToBeClickable(By.xpath("//div[@class='buttonStyle']//input[@id='originTextField']")));

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    edited Apr 27 '18 at 7:58

    answered Jan 27 '18 at 5:34

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    • Thanks for the answer can you please provide the equivalent for python for the executeScript() method ? Thank you ! – Solal Jun 20 at 0:31

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    Your code is correct, I suspect the issue caused the page not complete load when you find the element.

    Try add a long sleep before find element, if adding sleep worked, change sleep to wait.

    Here is the code, It means waiting 10s if the element isn’t present:

    element = WebDriverWait(driver, 10).until(
        EC.presence_of_element_located((By.ID, "originTextField"))

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