I need to access this element:

<input id ="combo-1105-inputWrap">

The 4 digits in the xpath are autogenerated per browser session. I need to find that particular xpath and key in the data.

I have tried to use a regular expression in my xpath but I am not able to make this work.

//*[contains(id,'combo-1[0-9]{3}') and ends-with(id,'-inputWrap')]

How can I reliably access this element?

  • 1
    stackoverflow.com/questions/405060/… gives more detail on using regular expressions in Xpath.
    – Kate Paulk
    Nov 7, 2017 at 12:35
  • Try using "//input[contains(@id,'combo-')]".It might work.
    – shanila
    Nov 7, 2017 at 17:20
  • Problem with the "//input[contains(@id,'combo-')]" is that it matchs with all the UI elements present on the page contains the id combo-. But I need to identify only the particular Input box with the combination of "combo-1105-inputWrap" Nov 8, 2017 at 7:01
  • Can you add some more html so we can make it unique using parent elements
    – NarendraR
    Nov 8, 2017 at 9:08
  • provide some more HTML. then you can use xpath axes or selenium 4 relative operators.
    – a Learner
    Dec 26, 2021 at 17:39

1 Answer 1


You can use some wild cards in cssSelecter to locate the same. Try below css Selector :


For further clarification see this :-




You can find more information here.

  • 1
    I found this one more helpful in understanding the Regular Expressions Jun 8, 2018 at 8:55

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