In one of my test cases, I'm able to get the entire HTML e-mail message sent to a user. The message contains text, button, a link, etc.

My Issue is that I need to extract the href link in order to use it for the next function. I have been checking the protractor API, unfortunately I was not successful in finding the correct method which can be used in this case.

E.g. of HTML message:

<table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%">
      <td align="center">
         <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="600">
                      <a href="http://domain.io/ui/confirm?d=true&token=eyJ0eXAiOiJKV1QiLCJjdHkiOiJKV1QiLCJhbGciOiJIUz....

How can I extract the <a href.. value? I mean how can I get the link?

  • What is your output when you use the getText method? Commented Feb 19, 2018 at 14:45
  • @demouser123: The output is the code I have posted in my question. Any way, issue has been solved. see my answer.
    – k.vincent
    Commented Feb 19, 2018 at 14:47

1 Answer 1


Issue fixed. My bad... was thinking more complicated than it's. It's even not something protractor specific. just native JavaScript


var getHref = email['html'].match(/href="([^"]*)/)[1];

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