CSS style sheet:

background: url("/olam/images/brand30/usage_meter/green-vertical.png") repeat-x scroll 0 0 rgba(0, 0, 0, 0);

I want to retrieve the URL, tried using below :

String cssValue = driver.findelement(by.xpath).getCssValue("background");

Still unable to retrieve the background value, i am getting Null value.

  • Do you have the page link? Will try to write it up then.
    – FDM
    Feb 17, 2015 at 14:22

1 Answer 1


background is a shorthand property. It's really just a convenient way of writing a bunch of real properties.

According to the JavaDoc, getCssValue() cannot retrieve shorthand properties. you have to ask for the individual properties, like background-image and background-color.

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