I am trying to automate the process of downloading a file through an online tool. I am using Selenium 3.0.1, and new to it. What am i trying to do?

  1. Login
  2. Move to specific element
  3. From there, Find the element which I need to double click

I am struggling to finding the element. I've done quite a bit of googling but still unable to find the element.

Here is the front end(I don't know how to copy past the html directly): enter image description here

I am trying to get to the div ext:tree-node-id="xnode-520" (second last line in the picture) I want to get there but I'm unable to, I'm not sure if the unselectable="on" attribute is effecting that.

Here is my code:

public class Main {

public static void main(String[] args) {

    String exePath = "C://Users//user1//Documents//chromedriver.exe";
    System.setProperty("webdriver.chrome.driver", exePath);
    WebDriver driver = new ChromeDriver();
    Actions action = new Actions(driver);

    driver.get("website url");
    driver.manage().timeouts().implicitlyWait(10, TimeUnit.SECONDS);
    driver.manage().timeouts().implicitlyWait(10, TimeUnit.SECONDS);

    WebElement findElement = driver.findElement(By.id("ext-gen277"));

    WebElement findElement2 = driver.findElement(By.id("ext-gen278"));


    String genXPath= "//div[@tree-node-id='xnode-520']";

I left the website url generic for privacy purpose. I haven't really used the Actions class that much at all. I'm relatively new to this and I'm unaware of this dynamic front end.

EDIT: The exception that is being thrown is that the element is not clickable at point..Other element would receive the click

EDIT #2: Well this seems even more complicated the id numbers are changing everytime the page loads.

1 Answer 1


If the structure of the HTML does not change, a simple CSS selector can be useful.

By.cssSelector("div.xpanel ul.x-tree-root-ct li.tree-node div.x-tree-node-el")

This will select the first element of the tree. If you need to select other element - let's say - the third one:

 By.cssSelector("div.xpanel ul.x-tree-root-ct li.tree-node:nth-of-type(3) div.x-tree-node-el")

With the nth-of-type option and a bit of string concatenation, you can easily select dynamically any element of the tree.

  • It's unable to find the element "no such element" I think the css-selector needed a fix. The ul.x-tree-root-node should have been div.x-tree-root-node. Also I cant spot a div with class xpanel, I see xpanel-body
    – Nabz
    Nov 29, 2016 at 15:36
  • You're right about the ul's class; already edited the answer. One could use the div.x-tree-root-node, but the ul makes clear that you are entering into a list. The 'div.x-tree-root-node' is the third div, from up to below. It has id = "ext-comp-1009". This part is to make sure you don't fall into a list (ul) inside the div.app-header node. Dec 1, 2016 at 3:31

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