I am doing a selenium automation where I want to pass the variable into the XPath and select the element.

The xpath which I am trying looks like:

browser.find_element_by_xpath("//span[contains(.,'SEM W880 Black')]")

I would like to pass the text SEM W880 Black as a variable to the XPath. How can I do it using python 3?

2 Answers 2


At first glance, this appears to be a Python question rather than a QA question. The answer to the Python question is something like,

x = 'SEM W880 Black'
browser.find_element_by_xpath("//span[contains(.,'" + x + "')]")

If I misunderstood you, please update the question.

  • This is neat answer,I have not thought we can write in python. I thought there could be a function in the selenium where I can pass the variable as a parameter to the function.
    – Ranadheer
    Dec 10, 2013 at 9:27

If you are using Selenium IDE, you can do this:
Declaration in Selenium IDE:

    <td>SEM W880 Black</td>


Simply put, you can store the variable and use it between simple quotes.

Please take note that the target field, in Selenium IDE is without any kind of quotes.

  • This does not really answer the OP's question, which is asking for the way to pass the variable using Python.
    – Kate Paulk
    Aug 24, 2016 at 18:27

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