I have written a selenium framework using page object design pattern. To make it better I am also using PageFactory. Example:


@FindBy(xpath= FinalLocators.userName)
WebElement uname;

@FindBy(xpath= FinalLocators.userpass)
WebElement userpwd;



public static final String userName=//input[text()='username']
public static final String userpass=//input[text()='password']

Now, I want loggers (log4j) to give me:

Element uname not found. I want the WebElement name to be in logs not the xpath declared in FinalLocators.

Edit: In non PageFactory projects it is written something like this:

public void sendData(String xpathKey){
    logger.info("Found "+xpathKey);
    }catch(Exception e){
    logger.info("wait started for "+xpathKey);


But in PageFactory based framework how to write such a generic function?

  • Could you please explain your question? what exactly you want? You have to use Log4j in your script right?
    – Bharat Mane
    Jun 10, 2016 at 13:49
  • You would need to implement your own PageFactory with your own implementation of FieldDecorator interface that decorates original DefaultFieldDecorator: delegates calles to it and logs possible problems.
    – dzieciou
    Jul 9, 2016 at 9:34
  • How ????????????????
    – paul
    Jul 9, 2016 at 14:33

1 Answer 1


Totally agree with you @dzieciou. I have experienced that, delegates might be the culprit.

It would be great if one could suggest us the actual solution for generic logging with BasePage.java and FinalLocators.java

@paul - Below middle way/workaround I found and working well for me:

  • Remove or stop using FinalLocators.java [ explanation:Something is not working fine with using both FieldDacorator and FinalLocators ]
  • Instead of initializing final string under FinalLocators.java, shift those directly in BasePage.java

  • Basic code snippet


WebElement uname;


WebElement userpwd;

// Here you can directly get access to your actual defined Element under own PageFactory



Using this I am able to fine Element uname in log. Give a Try !

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