Saw few questions about this but I think that they are not giving the answer that I'm seeking since all of them were using Select class and I can't use that class since the drop-down is not using select tag.

So I can click and I can display all the options that are available in my drop-down list but I can't display the count for all of them.

I have this code for displaying all the options of my drop-down

List<WebElement> allText = driver.findElements(By.xpath("/html/body/div/div/div[3]/div/div/div[2]/div[2]/div[1]/div[3]/form/div/ul/li[1]/span/ul"));
   for ( WebElement element: allText) { 

but I can't display count for all the options in the list. I used this


on different places in the codebut it always showed 1. What should I use in order to show the count for all the elements in the drop-down ?

The HTML for the list looks something like this

<ul class="dropdown-menu" role="menu">        
                        <li><a pid="null" ng-click="option = null" href="">Option 0</a></li>                 
                        <li><a pid="1" ng-click="option = 1" href="">Option 1</a></li>               
                        <li><a pid="2" ng-click="option = 2" href="">Option 2</a></li>
                        <li><a pid="3" ng-click="option = 3" href="">Option 3</a></li>
                        <li><a pid="4" ng-click="option = 4" href="">Option 4</a></li>                  

So I need to get the number 5 for the count.

  • by.xpath("//ul[@class='dropdown-menu']/li/a") strore in list<webelements> then use for loop it works..... Commented May 9, 2016 at 7:14
  • Tried this but I still can't get the count for elements in the ddl. Tried like this ` List<WebElement> allText1 = driver.findElements(By.xpath("//ul[@class='dropdown-menu']/li/a")); for ( WebElement element: allText1) { System.out.println(element.getText()); System.out.println(allText1.size()); }` also tried with putting the size expretion out from the for loop and still getting the same Commented May 9, 2016 at 12:51
  • you made mistake here ->"System.out.println(allText1.size()); " replce this with element.size(); Commented May 9, 2016 at 13:09
  • There is no method size() for type WebElement so this System.out.println(element.size()); won't work Commented May 9, 2016 at 13:25
  • Yeah tried that in the beggining but getsize() is giving the size in pixels. Commented May 9, 2016 at 13:31

1 Answer 1


There is 1 <UL> element, multiple <LI>. Use xpath to the <LI> not the <UL>.

You should end up with this.

List<WebElement> allText = driver.findElements(By.xpath("/html/body/div/div/div[3]/div/div/div[2]/div[2]/div[1]/div[3]/form/div/ul/li[1]/span/ul/li"));

  • Tried that but still getting count of 1 instead of 5. Commented May 9, 2016 at 12:53
  • Edited to reflect xpath required based on the xpath listed
    – Paul Muir
    Commented May 9, 2016 at 13:24
  • Yeah this worked. It gives the count of element for the selected ddl. Note:Only thing that I couldn't do is find the actual xPath using firebug, I could find the same xPath but without the last "/li". I guess that's why this xPath expression can't be used for both giving the count of elements and displaying its text content. Commented May 9, 2016 at 14:33

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