I have this code:

tcost = driver.find_element_by_id("MainContent_txtTotalCost").text
total = int(tcost)

It throws this error:

ValueError: invalid literal for int() with base 10: ''

I need to convert text in text box to int to do some calculations over it and sure, If you have any suggestions to enhance the code please do.

  • The int function should convert a valid string to an integer. Why do you think it fails? Have you tried printing/logging the string?
    – user246
    Oct 16, 2012 at 11:35
  • What language - Java ? Oct 16, 2012 at 11:35
  • @phil python language
    – engy
    Oct 16, 2012 at 11:40
  • @user246 i tried print(tcost),it should print the value of the text box in the IDLE i'm using right?!,as it gave new empty line only and then >>> for next actions
    – engy
    Oct 16, 2012 at 11:43

1 Answer 1


You may need to use .get_attribute("value"). instead of .text.

  • it gives that error 'WebElement' object has no attribute 'value'
    – engy
    Oct 16, 2012 at 12:10
  • .get_attribute("value") worked thaaaaaaaaaaanx
    – engy
    Oct 16, 2012 at 12:27

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