walshie4 walshie4 - 9 days ago 5
Python Question

Selenium Python get all children elements

In Selenium with Python is it possible to get all the children of a WebElement as a list?

Answer

Yes, you can achieve it by find_elements_by_css_selector("*") or find_elements_by_xpath(".//*").

However, this doesn't sound like a valid use case to find all children of an element. It is an expensive operation to get all direct/indirect children. Please further explain what you are trying to do. There should be a better way.

from selenium import webdriver

driver = webdriver.Firefox()
driver.get("http://www.stackoverflow.com")

header = driver.find_element_by_id("header")

# start from your target element, here for example, "header"
all_children_by_css = header.find_elements_by_css_selector("*")
all_children_by_xpath = header.find_elements_by_xpath(".//*")

print 'len(all_children_by_css): ' + str(len(all_children_by_css))
print 'len(all_children_by_xpath): ' + str(len(all_children_by_xpath))