I use Selenium 2 in C# to automate testing of our web sites. When building non-Ajax functionality, using webDriver.FindElement(By.Id("element-id")) to find elements on a page works fine, but when doing jQuery Ajax calls this doesn't work because it tries to find the element before the ajax request has finished.

How do I tell Selenium to wait until the jQuery Ajax has completed?

  • I'm finding issues with this that the Wait's are not working for on one particular page I am testing. Did you ever get a working solution for this? I have made multiple waits and field checks on the page but nothing has worked yet.
    – MichaelF
    Commented Sep 23, 2011 at 15:39

5 Answers 5


The class you are looking for is the WebDriverWait class that you can find here (C#): http://code.google.com/p/selenium/source/browse/trunk/dotnet/src/WebDriver.Support/UI/WebDriverWait.cs

I created an extension method to make it easier to use that looks something like this:

public static class BrowserExtensions
    public static T WaitUntil<T>(this IWebDriver browser, Func<IWebDriver, T> condition, int timeout = 5)
        var wait = new WebDriverWait(browser, new TimeSpan(0, 0, timeout));
        return wait.Until(condition);

You can then use it like this:

var element = webDriver.WaitUntil(x => x.FindElement(By.Id("element-id")));

Note that this does not guarantee that the element is visible when you get it back!

Also I should probably mention that I have experienced problems using the WebDriverWait class and I think it could use some work to make it more stable.

  • I use WebDriverWait extensively and don't recall any stability issues. In Selenium2 beta2, there were definitely issues with sendKeys, so I used WebDriverWait to prevent the script from changing focus until the field contents match the sendKeys text. Using beta3, I haven't encountered any more stability problems with FirefoxDriver or InternetExplorerDriver.
    – John
    Commented May 7, 2011 at 3:37
  • The WebDriverWait class is pretty bare-bones. That said, it would be interesting to know (in another, more appropriate forum) what you're finding about it that's "unstable".
    – JimEvans
    Commented May 19, 2011 at 19:24
  • I do use wait with success most of the time, but I do find the timings on some JQuery pages is not quite right and I either end up with errors on the field I am trying to capture as its caught but then not there. Either I end up with Element is not displayed or Element is no longer valid. JQuery definitely takes work with Web Driver to get things just right.
    – MichaelF
    Commented Sep 23, 2011 at 15:41

A possibly more generic solution to this problem is to wait for the jquery to complete. You can do this with a function like this:

public void WaitForAjax()
    while (true) // Handle timeout somewhere
        var ajaxIsComplete = (bool)(driver as IJavaScriptExecutor).ExecuteScript("return jQuery.active == 0");
        if (ajaxIsComplete)

  • This is awesome. I'm ripping all the Thread.Sleep() out of the tests for my AJAX-heavy web application under test now, and this seems to be working.
    – Aaron
    Commented Nov 1, 2013 at 21:29
  • Thanks! I wrote up an equivalent in python: (mind the whitespace removal) class jquery_to_complete(object): def __init__(self): pass def __call__(self, driver): isjQueryComplete = driver.execute_script("return jQuery.active == 0") return isjQueryComplete Commented Feb 22, 2018 at 20:37

Fairly ceertain that there is a Wait class that you can access. From the docs:

public abstract class Wait extends java.lang.Object

A utility class, designed to help the user automatically wait until a condition turns true. Use it like this:

new Wait("Couldn't find close button!") { boolean until() { return selenium.isElementPresent("button_Close"); } };


I actually wrote my own wait_for_element method on the page objects for my selenium tests. You will need:

  • Success check function
    return element.isVisible()
  • A function to define what you are getting
  • Length of time prepared to wait and how often to check

This was all written before the Wait class was added to selenium 2/webdriver. I have not yet had a chance to use the Wait class, does anyone know if it is any good? I noticed one answer said selenium2 might need to work on it a bit


A similar question was asked on Stack Overflow with an excellent answer if you can consider using he PageObject model.

Using PageFactory to init elements on AJAX pages

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