I want to write an automated JUnit test script with Selenium Web Driver to load a Wikipedia page and then change the title of the page loaded.

import java.util.regex.Pattern;
import java.util.concurrent.TimeUnit;
import org.junit.*;
import static org.junit.Assert.*;
import static org.hamcrest.CoreMatchers.*;
import org.openqa.selenium.*;
import org.openqa.selenium.firefox.FirefoxDriver;
import org.openqa.selenium.support.ui.Select;
import org.openqa.selenium.support.ui.WebDriverWait;

public class wikiTest {
  private WebDriver driver;
  private String baseUrl;
  private boolean acceptNextAlert = true;
  private StringBuffer verificationErrors = new StringBuffer();

  public void setUp() throws Exception {
    driver = new FirefoxDriver();
    baseUrl = "https://www.wikipedia.org/";
    driver.manage().timeouts().implicitlyWait(30, TimeUnit.SECONDS);

  public void testwiki() throws Exception {
      WebDriverWait wait;
    driver.get(baseUrl + "/");
    driver.findElement(By.id("searchInput")).sendKeys("fish anatomy");
    wait = new WebDriverWait(driver, 10);

    /* in here I want to change the title of the page


  public void tearDown() throws Exception {
   // driver.quit();
    String verificationErrorString = verificationErrors.toString();
    if (!"".equals(verificationErrorString)) {

  private boolean isElementPresent(By by) {
    try {
      return true;
    } catch (NoSuchElementException e) {
      return false;

  private boolean isAlertPresent() {
    try {
      return true;
    } catch (NoAlertPresentException e) {
      return false;

  private String closeAlertAndGetItsText() {
    try {
      Alert alert = driver.switchTo().alert();
      String alertText = alert.getText();
      if (acceptNextAlert) {
      } else {
      return alertText;
    } finally {
      acceptNextAlert = true;

Any help is appreciated.

1 Answer 1


I'm not sure why you would ever want to do that, but one way is to simply execute some javascript.

import org.openqa.selenium.JavascriptExecutor;    

((JavascriptExecutor)driver).executeScript("document.title = 'new title'");


Changing text on a webpage (as per the comments) is achievable with pretty much the same method. just execute some javascript. so, inside the quotes instead of document.title = 'new title' use document.getElementById('firstHeading').innerHTML = 'new text' or for modern browsers use textContent instead of innerHTML.

  • But this is do nothing. Sep 3, 2015 at 18:42
  • it works for me. do you have any kind of error or anything? Sep 3, 2015 at 19:13
  • No errors was shown.It just load the page and then shows test is 100% passed . I just import the libraries and then enter the other line you mentioned in the position where I mentioned where it need to be execute. Sep 3, 2015 at 19:25
  • Are you asking how to temporarily change the title shown in the tab at the top of the screen? Or are you asking how to edit a Wikipedia article and modify the articles title? I suspect you are really asking for the latter, whilst you appeared to be asking for the former :)
    – Ardesco
    Sep 4, 2015 at 10:16
  • Yes.the solution given by @Xyclos do the former one.but is there any way to do the latter? Sep 7, 2015 at 13:09

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