Link Text Locator in WebDriverIO

Link Text Locator in WebDriverIO

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Link Text Locator in WebDriverIO

Link Text Locator is used to get an Anchor Element with specific text in it. Or To know an Anchor Element with its visible text, we use Link Text Locator.

It is used by “=Visible text of Anchor Element”

Pre-requisite: Have ‘Visual Studio Code’ IDE installed on your machine (Click here to install if not installed in your machine)

Here is the small Exercise to print Visible text of Anchor Element and its attributes using Link Text Locator in WebDriverIO: –

Using Link Text Locator

First, I will demonstrate the exercise we need to perform to print the visible text of anchor element using Link Text Locator of WebDriverIO and print it, followed by practically demonstrating the WebDriverIO Automation code for achieving it.


1)  Navigate to http://omayo.blogspot.com/

2)  Find Visible text of one of the Hyperlink on the page.


3)  Print the visible text and with its attribute. And click on the hyperlink to redirect to selenium143.blogspot.com

Practical Demonstration:

Following are the Steps to Perform above Exercise (i.e. print Visible text of Anchor Element and its attributes using Link Text Locator) using WebDriverIO Automation code in ‘Visual Studio Code’ IDE:

Pre-requisite: Download the Project from here (Click here to Download) and Unzip it.

1)  Open Visual Studio Code on your system

2)  Click on File and select Open Folder. Select the project folder on which your workspace is present.

3)  Expand ‘test’ from the Explorer, right-click on the displayed ‘specs’ and select ‘New File’ option as shown below:

4) Give any name of the newly created file say “printVisibleTextUsingLinkTextLocator_test.js” and copy the below-given code into the newly created file as shown below and save the file:

The following is the WebDriverIO sample code for Printing Visible text and its Attribute Using Link Text Locator on ‘Omayo.blogspot.com’ application:

You can understand this code, by reading the comments provided in the below code:

Copy the code from here:-

const assert = require('assert'); 
describe('print visible text using link text locator ',() => {
   it('should print visible text and attributes using link text locator',() => { 
      var link = $('=Selenium143');       
      console.log(link.getText()); // outputs: "Selenium143"     
      console.log(link.getAttribute('href')); //outputs : "http://www.Selenium143.blogspot.com"    
      link.click(); //Outputs : Redirection to "http://www.Selenium143.blogspot.com"         

5) Click on ‘wdio.conf.js’ to open in the IDE, and make sure the Test file name is updated properly in this file as shown below and save it:

6) Click on Terminal and Open New Terminal.

7) By Default, Powershell Terminal will open as shown below:

8) Run geckodriver.exe in the Powershell terminal as shown below to run Geckodriver in background.

9) Open Another Terminal in the same way we did in step 6 and run below command in terminal

.\node_modules\.bin\wdio .\wdio.conf.js

Observe that the ‘printVisibleTextUsingLinkTextLocator_test’ will get executed successfully, the Firefox Browser will launch and then Visible text Selenium143 Hyperlink of the webpage was fetched by Link Text Locator and Printed by WebDriverIO Automation code.

And also, the result will be displayed as ‘Passed’ in the terminal as shown below:

This is how we can take help of Link Text Locator using WebDriverIO. I will explain other Locators/Selectors to perform different operations on WebPages using WebDriverIO in the upcoming Articles.

Next Steps:

> To learn more about WebDriverIO, continue to the next post (Click on Next Post link below)

> Check complete WebDriverIO Tutorial Contents here (Click here)

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