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Need Help with Selenium WebDriver: StaleElementReferenceException

Titan_STitan_S Member
edited June 2023 in Programming

Hi everyone,

I've been working on automating web testing using Selenium WebDriver, and I'm facing an issue with the StaleElementReferenceException. I've tried searching for a solution but haven't found anything that resolves my problem. I hope someone here can help me out.

Here's the scenario I'm dealing with:

I'm automating a test case where I need to click on a button that appears dynamically on the page. The button's HTML element remains the same, but it gets updated with new content and attributes whenever a certain event occurs on the page. 

Initially, I locate the button using its XPath:


WebElement button = driver.findElement(By.xpath("xpath_expression"));

Then I perform some actions on the page, which triggers the event and updates the button. After the update, when I try to click on the button again using the same reference, I encounter the StaleElementReferenceException.

Here's the code snippet that throws the exception:


I've tried various approaches to handle this issue, but none of them have worked so far. Here are the methods I've attempted:

1. Waiting for the element to be clickable:


WebDriverWait wait = new WebDriverWait(driver, 10);

WebElement button = wait.until(ExpectedConditions.elementToBeClickable(By.xpath("xpath_expression")));;

This approach didn't resolve the StaleElementReferenceException.

2. Refreshing the reference:


button = driver.findElement(By.xpath("xpath_expression"));;

Even after re-finding the element, the exception persists.

3. Using a try-catch block:


try {;

} catch (StaleElementReferenceException e) {

  // Retry the click operation here


This approach results in an infinite loop of retries without successfully clicking the button.

I'm not sure what else I can try to handle this exception and successfully click the button after it gets updated. Any suggestions or alternative approaches would be greatly appreciated.

If needed, I can provide more code snippets or additional information to help diagnose the issue. Thank you in advance for your assistance!

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