Andrew Andrew - 2 months ago 15x
C# Question

Selenium: How to find element by partial href?

Working code 1:

Driver.Instance.FindElement( By.XPath("//a[contains(@href,'" + PartialLinkHref + "')]" ));

Working code 2:

ReadOnlyCollection<IWebElement> linkList = Driver.Instance.FindElements(By.TagName("a"));
for (int i = 0; i < linkList.Count ; i++)
if (linkList[1].GetAttribute("href").Contains(PartialLinkHref))
return element;


The problem with your initial selector is that you're missing the // in front of the selector. the // tells XPath to search the whole html tree.

This should do the trick:

Driver.Instance.FindElement(By.XPath("//a[contains(@href, 'long')]"))

If you want to find children of an element, use .// instead, e.g.

var element = Driver.Instance.FindElement("..some selector..")
var link = element.FindElement(".//a[contains(@href, 'long')]"))

If you want to find a link that contains text and not by the href attribute, you can use

Driver.Instance.FindElement(By.XPath("//a[contains(text(), 'long')]"))