I want to get the text (SampleList23.csv) that is present between 2 spans.


<div class="ng-scope" ng-switch-when="false">
    <div class="engage-tag ng-binding">
        <span class="icon-doc-generic-b"/>
        <span class="icon-close close" ng-click="unsetImportFile()"/>

Code I have tried:

   1.  expect(element(by.xpath(".//*[@class='engage-tag ng binding']/*")).getAttribute("value")).toContain("SampleList23.csv");
   2.  expect(element(by.xpath("//*[@class='engage-tag ng-binding']/child::node()", 'SampleList23.csv); 
   3.  expect(element(by.xpath("//*[@class='engage-tag ng-binding']/*", 'SampleList23.csv); 

All above failed to get text.

  • It would be good to know the output in case of all the three options that you've tried. Commented Oct 9, 2017 at 15:44
  • It looks like you should be able to just get the text() in the div . . .
    – ernie
    Commented Oct 9, 2017 at 17:17

1 Answer 1


Since your span elements don't have a text, you can basically "ignore" them. In other words, get the parent div element and get the text via getText():

  • Will getText() fetch you the text here? Doesn't it require resolving a promise? As per link it does. Commented Oct 10, 2017 at 4:31
  • @demouser123 in Protractor, expect() is internally patched to implicitly resolve promises before executing the assertions. This is quite handy. Thanks.
    – alecxe
    Commented Oct 10, 2017 at 13:01

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