StaleElementReferenceException when trying to click on the links in a loop


<a href="https://i.stack.imgur.com/bSaNU.jpg" rel="nofollow">Please click on the link below to see the link <strong>"BEAUTY"</strong> on which I am clicking </a> 1. I am using this code to click on the "Beauty" link

driver = webdriver.Chrome("C:\\Users\\gaurav\\Desktop\\chromedriver_win32\\chromedriver.exe") driver.maximize_window() driver.get("http://shop.davidjones.com.au") object = driver.find_elements_by_name('topCategory') for ea in object: print ea.text if ea.text == 'Beauty': ea.click() <ol start="2"><li>

I am getting the following exceptions after clickin on the link succesfully , can anybody tell me why I am getting it ?

Traceback (most recent call last): File "C:/Users/gaurav/PycharmProjects/RIP_CURL/login_raw.py", line 10, in <module> print ea.text File "C:\Python27\lib\site-packages\selenium\webdriver\remote\webelement.py", line 73, in text return self._execute(Command.GET_ELEMENT_TEXT)['value'] File "C:\Python27\lib\site-packages\selenium\webdriver\remote\webelement.py", line 493, in _execute return self._parent.execute(command, params) File "C:\Python27\lib\site-packages\selenium\webdriver\remote\webdriver.py", line 252, in execute self.error_handler.check_response(response) File "C:\Python27\lib\site-packages\selenium\webdriver\remote\errorhandler.py", line 194, in check_response raise exception_class(message, screen, stacktrace) selenium.common.exceptions.StaleElementReferenceException: Message: stale element reference: element is not attached to the page document (Session info: chrome=63.0.3239.132) (Driver info: chromedriver=2.34.522940 (1a76f96f66e3ca7b8e57d503b4dd3bccfba87af1),platform=Windows NT 6.2.9200 x86_64) </li> </ol>


Try this:

from selenium import webdriver print("bot started") #chromeOptions = webdriver.ChromeOptions() #driver = webdriver.Chrome(chrome_options=chromeOptions) def specific_text(text, ea): return str(text) == ea.text driver = webdriver.Chrome("C:\\Users\\gaurav\\Desktop\\chromedriver_win32\\chromedriver.exe") driver.maximize_window() driver.get("http://shop.davidjones.com.au") object_ = driver.find_elements_by_name('topCategory') text_headers = [str(specific_text('Beauty', ea)) for ea in object_] #print(text_headers) index_text = text_headers.index("True") #print(index_text) object_[index_text].click()


You need to take care of certain factors as follows :

<ul><li>You have tried to create a List by the name <strong>object</strong>. <strong>object</strong> is a <strong>reserved built-in symbol</strong> in most of the Programming Languages. So as per Best Programming Practices we shouldn't use the name <strong>object</strong>.</li> <li>The line <strong>print ea.text</strong> is badly indented. You need to add indentation.</li> <li>Once you invoke click() on the WebElement with text as <strong>Beauty</strong> you need to <strong>break</strong> out of the loop.</li> <li>

Here is your own working code with some minor tweaks :

from selenium import webdriver driver = webdriver.Chrome(executable_path=r'C:\path\to\chromedriver.exe') driver.maximize_window() driver.get("http://shop.davidjones.com.au") object1 = driver.find_elements_by_name('topCategory') for ea in object1: print (ea.text) if ea.text == 'Beauty': ea.click() break </li> <li>

Console Output :

Sale Brands Women Men Shoes Bags & Accessories Beauty </li> </ul>


There's an easier way to do this. You can use an XPath that will specify the category name you want to click. That way you don't have to loop, it will find the desired element in one search.


I'm assuming you will be reusing this code. In cases like this, I would create a function that takes a string parameter which would be the category name that you want to click. You feed that parameter into the XPath above and you can then click any category on the page.

I tested this and it's working.


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