Is it possible to automate drag and drop from a file in system to a website in selenium using TestNG? Same as we do in Gmail where we can send attachment by drag and drop operation? please suggest.

  • Yes you can do it using the following command: Actions act = new Actions(driver); act.clickAndHold(webelement).perform(); act.MoveToElement(element).Release(); FYI: Draganddrop(element1,element2) command was available in previous versions of selenium but not in newer versions.
    – Sandeep
    Aug 23 '16 at 9:22
  • i have to upload the file from the desktop. how clickAndHold will work with that??
    – iAutomate
    Aug 28 '16 at 15:01

Yes it's possible to drop a file with Selenium via a script injection. The script needs to create an <input> web element to receive the file sent by SendKeys. Then simulate the dragenter, dragover and drop events on the targeted element with the file set in the dataTransfer object.

This example drops an image from the file system on a drop area:

ChromeDriver driver = new ChromeDriver();


// locate the drop area
WebElement droparea = driver.findElement(By.cssSelector("#holder"));

// drop the file
DropFile(new File("C:\\Downloads\\image.png"), droparea, 0, 0);

The DropFile method:

public static void DropFile(File filePath, WebElement target, int offsetX, int offsetY) {
        throw new WebDriverException("File not found: " + filePath.toString());

    WebDriver driver = ((RemoteWebElement)target).getWrappedDriver();
    JavascriptExecutor jse = (JavascriptExecutor)driver;
    WebDriverWait wait = new WebDriverWait(driver, 30);

    String JS_DROP_FILE =
        "var target = arguments[0]," +
        "    offsetX = arguments[1]," +
        "    offsetY = arguments[2]," +
        "    document = target.ownerDocument || document," +
        "    window = document.defaultView || window;" +
        "" +
        "var input = document.createElement('INPUT');" +
        "input.type = 'file';" +
        "input.style.display = 'none';" +
        "input.onchange = function () {" +
        "  var rect = target.getBoundingClientRect()," +
        "      x = rect.left + (offsetX || (rect.width >> 1))," +
        "      y = rect.top + (offsetY || (rect.height >> 1))," +
        "      dataTransfer = { files: this.files };" +
        "" +
        "  ['dragenter', 'dragover', 'drop'].forEach(function (name) {" +
        "    var evt = document.createEvent('MouseEvent');" +
        "    evt.initMouseEvent(name, !0, !0, window, 0, 0, 0, x, y, !1, !1, !1, !1, 0, null);" +
        "    evt.dataTransfer = dataTransfer;" +
        "    target.dispatchEvent(evt);" +
        "  });" +
        "" +
        "  setTimeout(function () { document.body.removeChild(input); }, 25);" +
        "};" +
        "document.body.appendChild(input);" +
        "return input;";

    WebElement input =  (WebElement)jse.executeScript(JS_DROP_FILE, target, offsetX, offsetY);
  • This looked promising, but RemoteWebDriver cannot be resolved to a type. At least not in Selenium-java 3.141.59 I added selenium-remote-driver (version 3.141.59) to my pom and then Eclipse could find it, but that version of RemoteWebDriver does not have getWrappedDriver(). :-( What else can I do?
    – Tihamer
    Aug 21 '19 at 17:00
  • @Tihamer, the RemoteWebDriver type is still present to this date: seleniumhq.github.io/selenium/docs/api/java/org/openqa/selenium/…
    – Florent B.
    Aug 21 '19 at 18:30
  • Thanks for the quick reply! Yes, RemoteWebDriver definitely exists. However, I just did a cntl-F search on the web page you gave me: seleniumhq.github.io/selenium/docs/api/java/org/openqa/selenium/… but it was not be able to locate "getWrappedDriver". It is not in the Version 3.141.59 source code either, which I'm looking at in Eclipse. However, I did a google search and found the function at: seleniumhq.github.io/selenium/docs/api/java/org/openqa/selenium/… I'm trying to figure out how to use it...
    – Tihamer
    Aug 21 '19 at 20:30
  • I got it to work, and it works beautifully! Here is the change I made in the line that sets the driver: WebDriver driver = ((org.openqa.selenium.remote.RemoteWebElement)target).getWrappedDriver();
    – Tihamer
    Aug 22 '19 at 2:25

You can use AutoIT it is a freeware BASIC-like scripting language designed for automating the Windows GUI and general scripting. It uses a combination of simulated keystrokes, mouse movement and window/control manipulation in order to automate task.

You can upload multiple files.

Please refer This

Hope it helps



No, you cannot do it. Selenium only interacts with HTML element.

You can handle uploading file case by using below code

driver = webdriver.Firefox()

element = driver.find_element_by_id("fileUpload")


p/s: I copy this code from reference link below

Reference: How can I work with file uploads during a Webdriver test?

  • I have tried the above code.it gives me the following Exception. org.openqa.selenium.WebDriverException: unknown error: cannot focus element
    – iAutomate
    Aug 25 '16 at 4:05
  • The above code will only work when upload/browse button displayed with a text field else the above code will not work
    – Sandeep
    Aug 29 '16 at 8:02
  • the above code is for file upload with selenium and python,not for selenium+java.
    – Siv P
    Jul 17 '18 at 11:38

Actually I'm asking here the question regrading the dropfile method. this function was working fine but since upgraded the seleniumm webdriver to 4/4.01, The c# compained about RemoteWebElement is deprecated. How to fix that. Kind Regards.


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