I have below two input fields and I have to find there location I can't use class selector cause iI have to identify element based on formcontrolname and ng-invalid class

<input _ngcontent-thn-c28="" formcontrolname="nic_no" igxinput="" type="text" placeholder="00000-0000000-0" class="ng-untouched ng-pristine ng-invalid igx-input-group__input">

<input _ngcontent-thn-c28="" formcontrolname="username" igxinput="" type="text" placeholder="UserName" class="ng-untouched ng-pristine ng-invalid igx-input-group__input">

Therefore I'm using xpath. Below is what I did:

driver.findElement(By.xpath("//div/input[(@formcontrolname='nic_no') and (@class='ng-invalid')]"); 

driver.findElement(By.xpath("//div/input[(@formcontrolname='nic_no') and (@class='ng-invalid')]"); 

But I'm getting error apparently I have to write all classes name inside @class, like this:

driver.findElement(By.xpath("//div/input[(@formcontrolname='nic_no') and (@class='ng-untouched ng-pristine ng-invalid igx-input-group__input')]"); 

If I do like above then I won't get error but I need to use only one class name, cause there are changes more classes may include and reduce from this list of classes.


You should use contains:

equals validates the attribute value is exactly equal to given value. As the attribute class value is "ng-untouched ng-pristine ng-invalid igx-input-group__input" you cannot say @class="ng-invalid"

You should use contains instead

driver.findElement(By.xpath("//div/input[(@formcontrolname='nic_no') and contains(@class,'ng-invalid')]");

Or use CSS:

In css class can be mentioned as tag.classname:


If you want to have exact class match :

you can use [attribute='value'] syntax:

 driver.findElement(By.cssSelector("div>input[class='ng-untouched ng-pristine ng-invalid igx-input-group__input'][formcontrolname='nic_no']")
  • this worked driver.findElement(By.cssSelector("div>input.ng-invalid[formcontrolname='nic_no']") but my question is for knowledge purpose why didn't contains work? contains searches for the similar text it should have worked why didn't it?
    – anmol agha
    Nov 17 '20 at 11:19
  • @anmolagha it should work try using just contains and see if it works
    – PDHide
    Nov 17 '20 at 13:26
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    – PDHide
    Nov 17 '20 at 13:26

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