I've been trying to make a selection from a drop down but cannot seem to figure out how.

Here's what I'm trying to get:

<div id="quote-status" class="panel panel-default">
<div class="panel-heading">
    <a class="clickable" ng-click="toggleCollapse();">
        <i class="glyphicon glyphicon-expand ng-hide" ng-show="collapsed"></i>
        <i class="glyphicon glyphicon-collapse-down" ng-hide="collapsed"></i>
        <strong>Quote Status</strong>
<div class="panel-body collapse in" collapse="collapsed" style="height: auto;">

    <div class="row">
        <!-- ngIf: quote.quoteLabels && (quote.quoteLabels.length > 0) -->

    <div class="row">
        <div class="col-md-3">
            <p><b>*&nbsp;Choose a Status:</b></p>
            <select class="form-control ng-pristine ng-valid" ng-model="quote.labelId" ng-change="statusSelectChange()" ng-options="i.id as i.labelName group by i.categoryName for i in labelTypes  | filter:{ active : '1' } | orderBy:'priority'">
                <option value="" class=""></option>
                <optgroup label="Potential Customer">
                    <option value="0">Low Priority</option>

I would like to set option 0 as my value. I'm trying to get the value using:

myselect = Select(driver.find_element_by_class_name("form-control"))

For this given example, it says that the element is an input, not a select object, when it try to use ng-valid or ng-pristine I get:

selenium.common.exceptions.NoSuchElementException: Message: no such element: Unable to locate element: {"method":"class name","selector":"ng-valid"

Not sure what to do at this point. We're using angular.js on top of a php built web app.

  • Your classname selector is not correct. You have compound classes in your angular JS code, while you're using a single classname to access it. You need to access this using all classnames. Also, this can be easily done using protractor using ng-model locator (in case you want to try it) Commented Apr 12, 2017 at 23:23
  • @bad_deadpool Thanks, I did some digging and found something promising called pytractor, however it doesnt seem to be actively developed or maintained. I'm going to take a shot at using protractor now.
    – QAguy
    Commented Apr 13, 2017 at 22:15

4 Answers 4


This is working for me using UI's Select option. e.g.:

from selenium.webdriver.support.ui import Select

driver = webdriver.Chrome()

# Locate the Sector and create a Select object
select_element = Select(driver.find_element_by_css_selector(".form-control"))
# this will print out strings available for selection on select_element, used in visible text below
print [o.text for o in select_element.options]
# select by visible text
select_element.select_by_visible_text("Low Priority")
# or select by value
# or select by option index

Documentation here and some credit to Daniel Abel here.

I'm a bit concerned your error may be coming from somewhere else as the error you're getting is selenium unable to find an element with the class of ng-valid, which isn't included in your example selenium code. Also, with Angular be sure to throw in a wait for the angular page to load. Like:

from selenium.webdriver.support.ui import WebDriverWait # Import at top of file
from selenium.webdriver.support import expected_conditions as EC

# Selenium waits for the page to load, but not necessarily the angular app
wait = WebDriverWait(driver, 10)

You may want to use protractor anyway as it has some custom locators for angular and will wait for ng-app to load by default.

    def select_dropdown_value(self, locator, value):

    selectOption = Select(self.driver.find_element(*locator))
    option_selected = selectOption.select_by_value(value)

One of the best features of Python is interactive debugger pdb.

So every time I am not sure how a Python feature works, I drop to debugger and interrogate the object instance for method and how it works:

import pdb

which can be done on single line, easier to comment/uncomment:

import pdb; pdb.set_trace()

Put this after you created the myselect object, and try it. dir(myselect) will show you all the methods it has. More fun than reading the docs - but you still should read the docs, and use this trick to test your understanding.


I don't normally use python for my automation work so I apologize that I can't speak to the exact problem you're experiencing with your code, however in the languages I'm more familiar with I usually shortcut "choose an option from a dropdown" by interacting directly with the option and ignoring a two-click approach.


Here I look for the select tag you're trying to interact with (for your provided html, narrowing by ng-model was excessive), look for its child with the value you're trying to get, then I select it with a click.

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