This "Books" link shows that it has the following xpath:


Then follows the catalogue categories: Travel, Mystery, etc. Reading the xpath above I see three consecutive div, an aside, then another div before we start to get to the list.

Within that last division there seems some a priori knowledge is required that "Books" is the title for the list and not a list item itself.

To get the categories, I would want the list items? Currently, I'm getting all the links for the PageObjectModel as here.

1.) How can I get just the list items and the link for that item?

2.) How reasonable is my approach towards scraping data from this sample site?


package dur.bounceme.net.SeleniumBase;

import java.util.List;
import java.util.logging.Logger;
import org.openqa.selenium.WebDriver;
import org.openqa.selenium.WebElement;
import org.openqa.selenium.support.FindBy;
import org.openqa.selenium.support.PageFactory;

class WelcomePage {

    private static final Logger LOG = Logger.getLogger(App.class.getName());
    private WebDriver webDriver = null;

    @FindBy(partialLinkText = "Books")
    private WebElement books;

    @FindBy(tagName = "a")
    List<WebElement> links;

    private WelcomePage() {

    WelcomePage(WebDriver webDriver) {
        this.webDriver = webDriver;
        PageFactory.initElements(this.webDriver, this);

    static WelcomePage init(WebDriver webDriver) {
        return new WelcomePage(webDriver);

    void populateCatalogue() {
        for (WebElement webElement : links) {

"Books" is a single list item, which contains a new list with the categories. So you need to go deeper into that list like this:


In test code, it should look like something this:

@FindBy(xpath= "//div[@class='side_categories']/ul/li/ul/li/a")
List<WebElement> links;

Then to get the link and the item name:

for (WebElement webElement : links) {
  • how did you find the division name, side_categories?
    – Thufir
    Dec 23 '18 at 23:43
  • @Thufir I have used the inspect element (Ctrl + Shift + C) functionality of my browser. Dec 24 '18 at 7:59
  • I know. It's just a bunch jibberish to me. I meant, how did you read the source code? Just knowledge of html, css, javascript?
    – Thufir
    Dec 26 '18 at 19:29
  • @Thufir Just HTML, if you inspect the "Books" element you can observe a div with class attribute of "side_categories", then you can copy the inner HTML to narrow down the source. There are many online xpath testers to experiment with. Dec 26 '18 at 21:49

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