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Selenium Locators – Installing and using Try XPath add-on

Selenium Locators – Installing and using Try XPath add-on

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As explained in one of the previous posts, Firebug and Firepath add-ons for locating and validating the UI elements on the page got deprecated and discontinued and we have to use alternative add-ons in place of Firebug and Firepath.

Though ChroPath is the best alternative of Firebug & Firepath in locating the UI elements and validating the XPath Expressions & CSS Selectors, we can also use Try XPath add-on for validating the XPath Expressions.

Note: Try XPath add-on is only available in Firefox browser and can only be used to validate the XPath Expressions.

In this article, I am going to practically demonstrate installing and using Try XPath add-on for validating the XPath Expressions in Firefox browser.

Let’s get started.

Selenium Locators – Installing and using Try XPath add-on

Follow the below steps for installing and using Try XPath:

1) Open Firefox browser, google search for ‘Try XPath’ and click on the below link which is displayed in the search results:

Try XPath - Search

2) In the displayed Firefox Add-on’s page of ‘Try XPath’, click on ‘Add to Firefox’ button as shown below:

Try XPath - Add to Firefox

3) In the displayed dialog asking for permissions, click on the ‘Add’ button as shown below:

Try XPath - permissions

4) Dialog confirming that the ‘Try XPath’ add-on is successfully added will be displayed and click on the ‘OK’ button as shown below:

Also, observe that the ‘Try XPath’ add-on option got added to the Firefox browser as shown below:

Try XPath - Added

5) Navigate to any application URL say http://omayo.blogspot.com/ in the Firefox browser as shown below:

Try XPath - Open App

6) Click on the ‘TX’ option, select ‘XPath ANY_TYPE’ option in the Way dropdown field, enter the XPath Expression to be validated into the ‘Expression’ text field and click on ‘Execute’ button as shown below:

Observe that ‘Button2’ button got located using the Executed XPath Expression in ‘Try XPath’ as shown below:

Try XPath - Validated

Here concludes this article.

In the next article, I will explain a different alternative for Firebug and Firepath.

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About Me > Arun Motoori

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