I have the following select:

<div class="col-xs-12 col-md-6">
<label class="ph_label pointer city">
<span class="l citylbl">City</span>
<select class="cities custom-dropdown" data-validation-error-msg="You  must select a city" required="" name="city" disabled="disabled" data-validation="required">
<option value="">City</option>
<option value="Shanghai">Shanghai</option>
<option value="Beijing">Beijing</option>
<ul class="cities custom-dropdown" data-target-selector="select.cities" style="width: 293px;">

I'm trying:

mySelect = Select(self.driver.find_element_by_name("city"))

When I see the test run, selenium goes through this element as if everything was OK, but in fact the city was not selected. Am I missing something?

  • Strange indeed. If your option value and visible text are always the same, try select_by_visible_text() - IIRC it is faster. Is it possible that city is not found, select raises exception, and you silence it somewhere? Jan 15, 2016 at 16:00
  • I've tried putting select_by_visible_text() but nothing interact with this element.
    – Rafael C.
    Jan 15, 2016 at 16:15
  • You might try selecting by index of the dropdown if it is consistent
    – Swagin9
    Jan 15, 2016 at 16:20
  • Did you tried to step through your code with a debugger? Put line #import pdb;pdb.set_trace() before mySelect =. BTW according to PEP8, it should be my_select :-) Jan 15, 2016 at 16:59
  • What UI framework are the developer using? The select is hidden, you need to interact with UI not the hidden select. Feb 19, 2017 at 13:56

3 Answers 3


The problem is in the <select> html: disabled="disabled"

This disables that particular select box. Selenium can only interact with the web page as if it were a user, so it cannot set the <select> directly.

You need to figure out what actually sets the value of the <select>, then use Selenium to drive that.

  • This is the answers, most UI frameworks work like this. We are using Semantic UI and this framework also hides the select, you need to interact with the HTML/Javascript dropdown replacing the browser select tag. Feb 19, 2017 at 13:55

If You cannot alter the html directly You can insert some script code to re-enable the select field:


I guess this is using AngularJS and select2. If yes, there are 2 ways 1. Click on the dropdown, then search the value you need



  1. Using JS to enable/display the dropdown as @Joern Boegeholz commen


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