Sunday, 5 February 2017


We cannot extract css properties of pseudo elements using web driver commands such as ‘.getPropertyValue’ . For this, we need to use JavaScript and execute a js script in selenium web driver.

A CSS pseudo-element is used to style specified parts of an element.
   For example, it can be used to:
   Style the first letter, or line, of an element
   Insert content before, or after, the content of an element


In above scenario, we need to get the text “Internal Use Only” from UI which is associated with an Anchor (a) tag in DOM with :after CSS tag. The text is present in “content” Style Property as shown in right highlighted box.

The :after CSS tag cannot be located directly using web driver and thus required text cannot be retrieved simply by using .getPropertyValue() function in selenium.

To achieve this, a javascript needs to be executed in our selenium code :

WebElement elementObj = driver.findElement(By.xpath("<YourXpath>"));
String pseudoElementText = ((JavascriptExecutor)driver).executeScript("return window.getComputedStyle(arguments[0],':after').getPropertyValue(content');", elementObj).toString();


In same way we can extract another properties values as well.



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