I have a popup with list of names. I need to choose "mahmoud" for instance by clicking the "select" link beside the label "mahmoud". How to click that select? I am using selenium webdriver with python.

# these 2 code lines are not working

 - mahmoud   select
 - ahmed     select 
 - engy      select

# mahmoud is text,select is link

The HTML code for the first row is:

<tr class="gridRow">
    <a href="javascript:void(0)">Select</a>
  • Can you rewrite the question in English, please?
    – user246
    Oct 9, 2012 at 16:11
  • 2
    Tried to edit, but gave up half way. Absolutely can't understand the question. Please break down your question into smaller statements. Oct 9, 2012 at 16:41
  • Finally edited, hopefully it doesn't change the original question Oct 10, 2012 at 18:38
  • @engy, welcome to SQA. Assuming Suchit edited your question correctly, we cannot answer your question unless we know how your HTML is structured: specifically, what the elements look like in the vicinity of each name and select link/button.
    – user246
    Oct 11, 2012 at 14:45
  • Need some more of the html. Please provide the parent tag as that would be very useful in this case e.g. <table> tag and possibly the one above that too. Oct 15, 2012 at 16:24

5 Answers 5


Use XPATH. Install a tool like FirePath to help yourself debug this, but you'll probably want something like:

select_finder = "//tr[contains(text(), 'Mahmoud')]//a"

where the XPATH reads something like "find a table row which contains the text "Mahmoud", then find a hyperlink inside that row"

  • I think he/she is looking to click the "select" next to mahmoud, and seems like "mahmoud" is not a link Oct 10, 2012 at 16:15
  • yeah, i think the xpath would work as long as the li contained both the text "mahmoud" and a link...
    – hwjp
    Oct 10, 2012 at 16:55
  • That's my point. If the label and the select are separate elements, which it seems from the question it won't work. Oct 10, 2012 at 17:19
  • I think we agree with each other - we can't tell unless we know the precise structure of the HTML the OP is using. Still, if it's a UL/LI structure, I figure it's pretty likely the LI will contain both the text and the hyperlink, so my structure would work. but it's only an example...
    – hwjp
    Oct 10, 2012 at 22:05
  • hi all sorry for my poor english here is the HTML code for my question: <tr class="gridRow"><td>1</td> <td>Mahmoud</td> <td> <a href="javascript:void(0)">Edit</a> <a href="javascript:void(0)">Select</a> </td> </tr>
    – engy
    Oct 15, 2012 at 12:13

If I understand it correctly, you should look for the parent element of that row. If it is in a table, then you can get the row number in which your element resides and use that. I won't (and can't without the actual html) provide an answer, but these are the things you can do (if you haven't already):

  • Read about using XPaths here - http://www.w3.org/TR/xpath/. Section 2.5 Abbreviated Syntax has been of great value to me personally
  • Read about using XPaths with Selenium
  • Find the XPath of the label e.g. Mahmoud. Now that you know the row and column for the label, you can find the relative position of the corresponding "Select"
  • i'm using firebug with firefox to get the element's XPATH but because the table has like 5 rows each row has select link in it my question was how to choose a specific link in specific row "find_element_by_text_link" not working.
    – engy
    Oct 15, 2012 at 12:18

Another option would be to set a unique identifier for each of the links. That way, if you're looking for the select for mahmoud, you could set an id, such as <a id="mahmoud">


Thanks for all who tried to help me with my question.

Actually I solved it using the driver.find_element_by_xpath method and because it's a popup it needed the driver.implicitly_wait(10) method until the page rendered the popup and voila, it worked.

I found the clues at Stack Overflow website.


This relative xpath locator should also work for the above html


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