/How to use an xPath
Xpath is a string that exactly identifies an element on a page. Using the xPath line, you can find the item on the web page.
XPath search tools
Any modern browser, be it IE, Firefox, Chrome, Opera or Safari, allows you to find elements by xPath. You just need to open the developer console and run the following code:
You can find detailed instructions on the Internet on this topic.
We recommend using special plugins. Such specialized extensions allow not only a simple search, but also highlight the elements found. Which is very convenient and speeds up the work of a specialist.
- Chrome https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/xpath-helper/hgimnogjllphhhkhlmebbmlgjoejdpjl
- Firefox https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/try-xpath/
Sometimes xPath may vary. This may occur for the following reasons:
You are looking for dynamically loaded content. In such a case the xPath string may be outdated.
The page code for registered user and regular may vary.
The site can be updated, therefore the xPath line will become outdated.
If the item is not found
The xPath string is divided into sections and has a hierarchical structure. This means that each previous section defines an element nested in the previous one.
If you cannot find the item, delete several sections from the end of the line. So you will find the parent block. This will help you understand the reasons why you can’t looking for by full xPath.
As you can see, xPath is a pretty simple thing. Tools for working with it are literally on every personal computer. We hope that the information in this article has helped evaluate all the benefits of this Path Language.