Website: https://myir.ird.govt.nz/eservices/home/?link=RWTEXREG

I'm attempting to download this file. It looks like the request is handled server side so there isn't any download link per se.

I've tried a bunch of things, including:

result = driver.find_element_by_xpath("//span[contains(@class,'CaptionLinkText')]").text

But I really feel like I'm out of my element (no pun intended) with this.

  • If you're going to downvote a question, it would help to leave a comment so I can improve.
    – Ed Baker
    Commented Nov 2, 2021 at 23:49
  • Maybe the downvote is due to not liking puns? I don't know, puns are fun!
    – Lee Jensen
    Commented Nov 3, 2021 at 16:04
  • @LeeJensen lol!
    – Ed Baker
    Commented Nov 4, 2021 at 2:29

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Try driver.find_element_by_xpath('//*[text()="Download"]')

This says, "starting anywhere //, give me any element *, whose [], text()="Download". Note that text is a function and not an attribute.

You can test the selector by opening [F12] DevTools going to the "Elements" tab, and doing ctrl+f to open the input to try things out.

I keep this handy for XPATH: https://devhints.io/xpath

  • Thanks, I'll give it a go tomorrow and if all is good I will mark it with the tick
    – Ed Baker
    Commented Nov 4, 2021 at 2:31

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