Get HTML source of WebElement in Selenium WebDriver using Python

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I’m using the Python bindings to run Selenium WebDriver:

from selenium import webdriver
wd = webdriver.Firefox()

I know I can grab a webelement like so:

elem = wd.find_element_by_css_selector('#my-id')

And I know I can get the full page source with…


But is there a way to get the “element source”?

elem.source   # <-- returns the HTML as a string

The Selenium WebDriver documentation for Python are basically non-existent and I don’t see anything in the code that seems to enable that functionality.

What is the best way to access the HTML of an element (and its children)?

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  • You also could just parse all the wd.page_source with beautifulsoup

The Answer 1

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You can read the innerHTML attribute to get the source of the content of the element or outerHTML for the source with the current element.













It was tested and worked with the ChromeDriver.

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There is not really a straightforward way of getting the HTML source code of a webelement. You will have to use JavaScript. I am not too sure about python bindings, but you can easily do like this in Java. I am sure there must be something similar to JavascriptExecutor class in Python.

 WebElement element = driver.findElement("foo"));
 String contents = (String)((JavascriptExecutor)driver).executeScript("return arguments[0].innerHTML;", element);

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Sure we can get all HTML source code with this script below in Selenium Python:

elem = driver.find_element_by_xpath("//*")
source_code = elem.get_attribute("outerHTML")

If you you want to save it to file:

with open('c:/html_source_code.html', 'w') as f:

I suggest saving to a file because source code is very very long.

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In Ruby, using selenium-webdriver (2.32.1), there is a page_source method that contains the entire page source.

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Using the attribute method is, in fact, easier and more straightforward.

Using Ruby with the Selenium and PageObject gems, to get the class associated with a certain element, the line would be element.attribute(Class).

The same concept applies if you wanted to get other attributes tied to the element. For example, if I wanted the string of an element, element.attribute(String).

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It looks outdated, but let it be here anyway. The correct way to do it in your case:

elem = wd.find_element_by_css_selector('#my-id')
html = wd.execute_script("return arguments[0].innerHTML;", elem)


html = elem.get_attribute('innerHTML')

Both are working for me (selenium-server-standalone-2.35.0).

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Java with Selenium 2.53.0


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I hope this could help:

Here is described Java method:

java.lang.String    getText() 

But unfortunately it’s not available in Python. So you can translate the method names to Python from Java and try another logic using present methods without getting the whole page source…


 my_id = elem[0].get_attribute('my-id')

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This works seamlessly for me.


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InnerHTML will return the element inside the selected element and outerHTML will return the inside HTML along with the element you have selected


Now suppose your Element is as below

<tr id="myRow"><td>A</td><td>B</td></tr>

innerHTML element output


outerHTML element output

<tr id="myRow"><td>A</td><td>B</td></tr>

Live Example:

Below you will find the syntax which require as per different binding. Change the innerHTML to outerHTML as per required.





If you want whole page HTML, use the below code:


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The method to get the rendered HTML I prefer is the following:

body_html = driver.find_element_by_xpath("/html/body")
print body_html.text

However, the above method removes all the tags (yes, the nested tags as well) and returns only text content. If you interested in getting the HTML markup as well, then use the method below.

print body_html.getAttribute("innerHTML")

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The other answers provide a lot of details about retrieving the markup of a WebElement. However, an important aspect is, modern websites are increasingly implementing JavaScript, ReactJS, jQuery, Ajax, Vue.js, Ember.js, GWT, etc. to render the dynamic elements within the DOM tree. Hence there is a necessity to wait for the element and its children to completely render before retrieving the markup.


Hence, ideally you need to induce WebDriverWait for the visibility_of_element_located() and you can use either of the following Locator Strategies:

  • Using get_attribute("outerHTML"):

    element = WebDriverWait(driver, 20).until(EC.visibility_of_element_located((By.CSS_SELECTOR, "#my-id")))
  • Using execute_script():

    element = WebDriverWait(driver, 20).until(EC.visibility_of_element_located((By.CSS_SELECTOR, "#my-id")))
    print(driver.execute_script("return arguments[0].outerHTML;", element))
  • Note: You have to add the following imports:

    from import WebDriverWait
    from import By
    from import expected_conditions as EC

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WebElement element = driver.findElement("foo"));
String contents = (String)((JavascriptExecutor)driver).executeScript("return arguments[0].innerHTML;", element); 

This code really works to get JavaScript from source as well!

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If you are interested in a solution for Selenium Remote Control in Python, here is how to get innerHTML:

innerHTML = sel.get_eval("window.document.getElementById('prodid').innerHTML")

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And in PHPUnit Selenium test it’s like this:

$text = $this->byCssSelector('.some-class-nmae')->attribute('innerHTML');

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