I am not able to convert webelement to string values.

 List<WebElement> a=driver.findElements(By.xpath("//*[@id='content']/table/tbody/tr/td[2]"));

i want convert above List<WebElement> to String.

  • What are you trying to accomplish? It does not make sense to convert object to a string. What you probably want is to access some of the attributes of the object which are strings, like text and/or value. Commented Mar 24, 2017 at 13:59
  • Actually i want to getText from webelement and write that text into excel. That's why want to convert webelement into string so that i will able to write into excel.
    – Sushant
    Commented Mar 24, 2017 at 14:25
  • 2
    Exactly. So you DON'T want to convert element to string but elem.getText() of it. Commented Mar 24, 2017 at 15:13
  • Yeah. But how to do that?
    – Sushant
    Commented Mar 24, 2017 at 15:15

3 Answers 3


You can do something like the following:

List<WebElement> links =driver.findElements(By.xpath("//*[@id='content']/table/tbody/tr/td[2]"));

String []linkText =new String[links.size()];
int i=0;

//Storing List elements text into String array
for(WebElement a: links)

Here's another way you can do it using java 8 features:

By byXpath = By.xpath("//*[@id='content']/table/tbody/tr/td[2]");
List<WebElement> links = driver.findElements(byXpath);

List<String> texts = links.stream().map(WebElement::getText).collect(Collectors.toList());

This will iterate through each WebElement, call getText, and collect all the returned values into a brand new list.

        @FindBy(xpath = "//div[@class=\"error-text text--center margin--bottom_10\"]")
private List<WebElement> errorTexts;

  private List<String> getAllErrorsText() {
    return errorTexts.stream()

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