m.o m.o - 5 months ago 7x
Java Question

Using Selenium to fill forms from XML file

EDIT: Never mind, I figured it out. Had to do

instead of

I am trying to learn how to use Selenium with XML files but seem to have run into a problem.


  • I parse the XML file and save the values into strings

  • Using Selenium WebDriver, I open up Google and try to insert some value in the search box and hit "Google Search".

This is where I get stuck. The value is never inputted and it never clicks the button.

XML File:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>



Java Code:

import java.io.File;
import javax.xml.parsers.DocumentBuilder;
import javax.xml.parsers.DocumentBuilderFactory;
import java.util.concurrent.TimeUnit;
import org.openqa.selenium.firefox.FirefoxDriver;
import org.openqa.selenium.*;
import org.w3c.dom.*;

public class XMLTest
public static void main(String [] args)
try {
// Get xml file
File file = new File("input.xml");

// Prepare XML
DocumentBuilderFactory dbf = DocumentBuilderFactory.newInstance();
DocumentBuilder db = dbf.newDocumentBuilder();
Document document = db.parse(file);

String url = document.getElementsByTagName("url").item(0).getTextContent();
String email = document.getElementsByTagName("email").item(0).getTextContent();
String phone = document.getElementsByTagName("phone").item(0).getTextContent();
String folder = document.getElementsByTagName("folder").item(0).getTextContent();

System.out.println("\n [Debug Info]\n ------------"
+ "\n Mail:\t\t" + url
+ "\n Email:\t\t" + email
+ "\n Phone:\t\t" + phone
+ "\n Folder:\t" + folder);

// Selenium code
WebDriver wd = new FirefoxDriver();

wd.manage().timeouts().implicitlyWait(60, TimeUnit.SECONDS);
wd.get(url); // Go to URL
wd.findElement(By.id("q")).sendKeys(phone); // Type into google search box
wd.findElement(By.id("btnK")).click(); // Click button

System.out.println("\n\n [Selenium]\n -----------");
System.out.println("\n Title:\t\t" + wd.getTitle()
+ "\n URL:\t\t" + wd.getCurrentUrl());


} catch(Exception e) {

The browser opens but it just stays on the Google homepage. Any help would be appreciated, thank you!


'q' and 'btnK' are element names and not Ids. Try this.

 wd.findElement(By.name("q")).sendKeys(phone); // Type into google search box
 wd.findElement(By.name("btnK")).click(); // Click button