I would like to use the page-objects gem in my selenium test projects, but before I can do that I need to get a small proof of concept project working so I can play around with it.

I have been following the Get Started Now! guide on github, but for the life of me I can not figure out what I am doing wrong. Admittedly, I am a ruby newbie and there is probably a very big "duh" moment coming up.

Here is my practice page.rb:

require 'page-object'

class SearchPage   
  include PageObject

  text_field(:searchBar, :id => 'q')  
  button(:submitSearch, :name => 'btnK')

  def search(query)
    self.searchBar = query

  def open()
    @browser.get 'https://www.google.com'

  def close()


And here is my practice test.rb:

require_relative 'page'
require 'selenium-webdriver'
require 'test/unit'

class SearchPageTest < Test::Unit::TestCase
    def test_search_page
        @browser = Selenium::WebDriver.for :chrome
        search_page = SearchPage.new(@browser)
        sleep 5

This fails at line 10 in the test (search_page.search...) with the error

NoMethodError: undefined method `text_field' for #Selenium::WebDriver::Chrome::Driver:0x007fd37c1c1838

Here is the full stack trace:

Nates-MacBook-Air:Practice natesmith$ ruby test.rb 
Loaded suite test
Error: test_search_page(SearchPageTest): NoMethodError: undefined method `text_field' for #<Selenium::WebDriver::Chrome::Driver:0x007fe64d2c60d8>
/Users/natesmith/.rvm/gems/ruby-2.4.1/gems/page-object-2.2/lib/page-object/platforms/watir/page_object.rb:1067:in `instance_eval'
/Users/natesmith/.rvm/gems/ruby-2.4.1/gems/page-object-2.2/lib/page-object/platforms/watir/page_object.rb:1067:in `instance_eval'
/Users/natesmith/.rvm/gems/ruby-2.4.1/gems/page-object-2.2/lib/page-object/platforms/watir/page_object.rb:1067:in `process_watir_call'
/Users/natesmith/.rvm/gems/ruby-2.4.1/gems/page-object-2.2/lib/page-object/platforms/watir/page_object.rb:216:in `text_field_value_set'
/Users/natesmith/.rvm/gems/ruby-2.4.1/gems/page-object-2.2/lib/page-object/accessors.rb:203:in `block in text_field'
/Users/natesmith/Desktop/Ruby/Practice/page.rb:10:in `search'
test.rb:10:in `test_search_page'
      7:         @browser = Selenium::WebDriver.for :chrome
      8:         search_page = SearchPage.new(@browser)
      9:         search_page.open()
  => 10:         search_page.search('page-objects')
     11:         sleep 5
     12:         search_page.close()
     13:     end

Finished in 2.875252 seconds.
1 tests, 0 assertions, 0 failures, 1 errors, 0 pendings, 0 omissions, 0 notifications
0% passed
0.35 tests/s, 0.00 assertions/s

Help, what am I doing wrong?

  • Does the browser correctly open and navigate to google.com prior to the failure?
    – Sam Woods
    Aug 16, 2017 at 19:09
  • Yes the browser opens, and it appears to be navigating to the google homepage but quits before anything is visible
    – Natels
    Aug 17, 2017 at 16:00
  • Could you include the stack trace? There are a number of possibilities, but I think if you give the stack trace I could probably figure out why it is erroring.
    – Sam Woods
    Aug 17, 2017 at 20:01
  • @SamWoods I have included them now in the question.
    – Natels
    Aug 17, 2017 at 21:40

1 Answer 1


It looks like page-object is using the Watir implementation instead of the Webdriver implementation, and since Webdriver does not have a text_field property (while Watir does) it is failing. I am not sure why it is trying to use Watir since your implementation matches the documentation for the page-object gem. It looks like someone is having a similar issue with the latest version: https://github.com/cheezy/page-object/issues/439. You might try using an older version of the page-object gem until that gets resolved.

  • Thanks for your help. I followed the link to the issue and they have now resolved this issue. After updating the gem it is working as I would expect now
    – Natels
    Aug 24, 2017 at 22:40

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