# How to use regex in selenium locators?

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We can use regex in locators in Selenium webdriver. This can be achieved while we identify elements with the help of xpath or css locator. Let us have a look at the class of an element in its html code. The class attribute value is gsc-input.

Here, with the css expression, we can use the * and perform a partial match with the class attribute value. The css value shall be input[class*='input']. This means the subtext input is present in the actual text gsc-input. We can also use the ^ and perform a match with the class. The css value shall be input[class^='gsc']. This means the actual text gsc-input starts with the subtext gsc. We can also use the $and perform a match with the class. The css value shall be input[class$='put']. This means the actual text gsc-input ends with the subtext put.

Here, with the xpath expression, we can use the contains() method and perform a partial match with the class. The xpath value shall be //*[contains(@class, 'input')]. This means the subtext input is present in the actual text gsc-input. We can also use the starts-with() and perform a match with the class. The css value shall be //*[starts-with(@class, 'gsc')]. This means the actual text gsc-input starts with the subtext gsc. We can also use the ends-with() and perform a match with the class. The css value shall be //*[ends-with(@class, 'put')]. This means the actual text gsc-input ends with the subtext put.

## Example

Code Implementation.

import org.openqa.selenium.WebDriver;
import org.openqa.selenium.chrome.ChromeDriver;
import org.openqa.selenium.WebElement;
import org.openqa.selenium.By;
public class RegexLocator{
public static void main(String[] args) {
System.setProperty("webdriver.chrome.driver", "C:\\Users\\ghs6kor\\Desktop\\Java\\chromedriver.exe");
WebDriver driver = new ChromeDriver();
// identify element with partial class match with * in css
WebElement l=driver.findElement(By.cssSelector("input[class*='input']"));
l.sendKeys("Selenium");
// obtain the value entered with getAttribute method
System.out.println("Using * expression: " +l.getAttribute("value"));
l.clear();
// identify element with partial class match with ^ in css
WebElement m=driver.findElement(By.cssSelector("input[class^='gsc']"));
m.sendKeys("Java");
// obtain the value entered with getAttribute method
System.out.println("Using ^ expression: " +m.getAttribute("value"));
m.clear();
// identify element with partial class match with $in css WebElement n = driver.findElement(By.cssSelector("input[class$='put']"));
n.sendKeys("Python");
// obtain the value entered with getAttribute method
System.out.println("Using \$ expression: " +n.getAttribute("value"));
n.clear();
// identify element with partial class match with contains in xpath
WebElement o= driver.findElement(By.xpath("//input[contains(@class,'input')]"));
o.sendKeys("Selenium");
// obtain the value entered with getAttribute method
System.out.println("Using contains: " +o.getAttribute("value"));
o.clear();
// identify element with partial class match with starts-with in xpath
WebElement p= driver.findElement(By.xpath("//input[starts-with(@class,'gsc')]"));
p.sendKeys("Java");
// obtain the value entered with getAttribute method
System.out.println("Using starts-with: " +p.getAttribute("value"));
p.clear();
driver.close();
}
}

## Output

Published on 26-Oct-2020 07:19:38