How to click a link whose href has a certain substring in Selenium?

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We can click a link whose href has a certain substring in the Selenium webdriver. There are multiple ways to perform this action. We can use find_element_by_partial_link_text() method to click on a link having a substring.

The find_element_by_partial_link_text() method is used to identify an element by partially matching with the text within the anchor tag as specified in the method parameter. If there is no matching text, NoSuchElementException is thrown.

Syntax −

find_element_by_partial_link_text("Tutors")

Also we can use css selector to identify the element whose href has a substring via * symbol. This is called wild character notation and implies that a string contains a certain substring.

Syntax −

find_element_by_css_selector("a[href*"='tutor'] ")

Let us try to identify the Net Meeting link in the above html code with the substring concept.

Example

Code Implementation with find_element_by_partial_link_text().

from selenium import webdriver
driver = webdriver.Chrome (executable_path="C:\\chromedriver.exe")
# implicit wait for 5 seconds
driver.implicitly_wait(5)
# maximize with maximize_window()
driver.maximize_window()
driver.get("https://www.tutorialspoint.com/codingground.htm")
# identify element with partial link text and click()
l=driver.find_element_by_partial_link_text("Net")
l.click()
print("Page title after click on substring link name:" + driver.title)
driver.quit()

Example

Code Implementation with href attribute.

from selenium import webdriver
driver = webdriver.Chrome (executable_path="C:\\chromedriver.exe")
# implicit wait for 5 seconds
driver.implicitly_wait(5)
# maximize with maximize_window()
driver.maximize_window()
driver.get("https://www.tutorialspoint.com/codingground.htm")
# identify element with href attribute and click()
l= find_element_by_css_selector("a[href*"='net'] ")
l.click()
print("Page title after click on substring link name:" + driver.title)
driver.quit()

Output

raja
Published on 28-Aug-2020 16:36:53
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