I'm trying to extract a certain message from my app. The text starts up as visible and then changes to style= "visibility: hidden" the visibility period is rather short, and I was wondering how can I extract this text using Selenium after it changes status to hidden.

I'm using a simple element.getText() command to get this text, which works when it's visible but returns nothing when hidden.

  • Thanks a lot . I used in Selenium Webdriver java for getting CheckBox text. My code which worked fine for me: String checkBoxLabel= (String)((JavascriptExecutor)Browser.driver) .executeScript("return arguments[0].innerHTML",checkLabelTextElement); System.out.println("CheckText is"+checkBoxLabel);
    – user9391
    Nov 29 '14 at 8:53

I had the same problem and actually dislike this "feature" in Selenium. In my C# abstraction layer I replaced getText with this:

return ((IJavaScriptExecutor)webDriverInstance).ExecuteScript("return arguments[0].innerHTML", elementInstance).ToString();
  • Thanks a lot for the quick answer, I will give this a try. I'm still kind of new to java and selenium so might take me some time to report if it worked
    – Gil_G
    Apr 19 '12 at 16:18
  • Thanks a lot, it worked perfectly, instead of my element.getText(); I used 'JavascriptExecutor js = (JavascriptExecutor) driver; (js.executeScript("return arguments[0].innerHTML", element)); and I get my value regardless of visibility status.
    – Gil_G
    Apr 20 '12 at 5:46
  • Oh, yeah i didn't notice that.....Done!
    – Gil_G
    Apr 20 '12 at 20:59
  • it extract tag and attribute too.. not only text
    – Jayyrus
    Jul 28 '12 at 22:19
  • You are correct. In C# I use this code to remove any tag info so that only inner text is displayed. string returnText = ((IJavaScriptExecutor)WTWebUiAuto.webDriver).ExecuteScript("return arguments[0].innerHTML", this.WtElement).ToString(); returnText = Regex.Replace(returnText, "<.*?>", "");
    – Sam Woods
    Jul 30 '12 at 16:57

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