What will be the XPath of a 'Search' button from the expression mentioned above?

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    Your question has only one statement. What do you mean by "expression mentioned above". Jul 16 '19 at 10:34
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    Please edit your question to add the source code, what you have tried, and the results you received.
    – Kate Paulk
    Jul 16 '19 at 19:33
  • Please add code snippet of an XPath and an HTML page of your DOM element.
    – Bulat
    Jul 17 '19 at 7:34

It's hard to come up with the correct XPath locator without seeing the source code of the page you're trying to automate.

Here are few hints:

  1. If the element is a <button> which looks like:

    <button class="favorite styled"

    the relevant XPath locator would be

  2. If the element is an <input> with the value attribute which looks like:

    <input type="button" value="Search">

    the relevant XPath locator would be:

  3. It's also possible to use XPath Functions or Operators for example for partial match:

    //input[contains(@value, 'Search')]

More information:


Using the browser dev tools

In Chrome, I believe that you can get the Xpath value for any element by:

  1. Opening the Developer Tools for your page
  2. Clicking on the Elements tab.
  3. Right-clicking on the target element and choosing Copy -> Copy Xpath.

Good luck!


Using the placeholder text (when available)

Although all the answers given above are correct and would help you. But i just want to add my thoughts/work or suggestions for handling such type of elements like 'Search', login and Signup fields and buttons. For Search field case:

  1. For every search field it will be an input field so you are sure about input tag.
  2. Than how you got to know that it is a search field - By looking into the text inside that field(we call it placeholder text) and interpreting it. Placeholder must have the text like "Search" , "find" etc. So combining and observing the above two points you can come up with css/xpath locator, which could be like:

    xpath = //input[@placeholder="Search for products"]

    css = input[placeholder="Search for products"]

    Other alternatives:

    xpath = //input[@any-attribute-having-text="Search"]

    xpath = //input[contains(@any-attribute-contains-text,"Search")]

Hope it helps in your software testing services for building locators of other fields also, like username, password, firstname, lastname.

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