On a single page on our website, there are two elements that are.. very very similar:


<select class="form-control custom-select ng-untouched ng-pristine ng-invalid" id="SelectEU" name="SelectEU" required="">


<select class="form-control custom-select ng-untouched ng-pristine" id="SelectEU" name="SelectEU" required="" disabled="">

the differences are :

A has class ng-pristine

B has property disabled=""

How can I click on the first select, A, then select a particular value??

I have tried the following to no avail..

I tried selecting based on ng-pristine

element = await driver.findElement(By.xpath("//select[@class='form-control custom-select ng-untouched ng-pristine ng-invalid']"))[0];  

I tried selecting based on [0]..

element = await driver.findElement(By.xpath("//select[@id='SelectEU']"))[0];  

I tried selecting by the text (A contains the text "Electric Utility"

element = await driver.findElement(By.xpath("//option[@id='SelectEU' and text()='Electric Utility']"))[0];

It all has the error: no such element exists

  • You almost had it. The first match is [1] not [0]. element = await driver.findElement(By.xpath("//select[@id='SelectEU'][1]")); – Bill Hileman Jul 16 '18 at 19:54
  • Alternatively you could use the original locator with the [0] outside of the path, but make the findElement plural: element = await driver.findElements(By.xpath("//option[@id='SelectEU' and text()='Electric Utility']"))[0]; – Bill Hileman Jul 16 '18 at 19:56
  • Oh my.. I see my error. I mistyped element = await driver.findElement(By.xpath("//select[@id='SelectEU']"))[0]; it should have been element = await driver.findElement(By.xpath("//select[@id='SelectEU'][1]")); Very grateful. I would gladly accept your answer and upvote sir if you provide it here... – Malcolm Salvador Jul 16 '18 at 20:24
  • I wasn't 100% positive that my solution would work, which is why I offered it as a comment instead of an answer. I appreciate your acknowledgement. – Bill Hileman Jul 16 '18 at 20:38
  • @BillHileman on your second point in this thread, "alternatively you could use the original locator with the [0] outside..." How would you scroll to such an element? await driver.executeScript("arguments[0].scrollIntoView()", element); returns an error for me.. – Malcolm Salvador Jul 16 '18 at 21:18

You almost had it. The first match is [1] not [0].

Change your line to:

element = await driver.findElement(By.xpath("//select[@id='SelectEU'][1]"));

Edit: Regarding your second question in your main post comments

I do not have the nodejs knowledge to provide you the exact syntax of scrolling an element into view, however this is the JavaScript routine I use in Java to accomplish that requirement:

 * Scroll a web element into view
 * @author Bill Hileman
 * @param ele - WebElement
public void scrollIntoView(WebElement ele) {

    ((JavascriptExecutor)driver).executeScript("window.scrollTo(" + ele.getLocation().x + 
                                                                "," + ele.getLocation().y + ")");

  • added extra lines to the code @BillHileman, but now it works :) – Malcolm Salvador Jul 22 '18 at 19:50

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