On a recent project, I ran into an issue with Python Selenium webdriver. There's no easy way to open a new tab, grab whatever you need and return to original window opener.
Here's a couple people who ran into the same complication:
- ... and many many more.
So, after many minutes (read about an hour) of searching, I decided to do find a quick solution to this problem.
First thing, I've broken down all the steps that were required to do by my program:
- Open a new window/tab by simulating a click on a link
- Add focus on this new tab
- Wait for an element on the new page to be rendered (ui.WebDriverWait)
- Do whatever I have to do on this new page
- Close the tab
- Return focus on original window opener
First off, we import our packages:
import selenium.webdriver as webdriver import selenium.webdriver.support.ui as ui from selenium.webdriver.common.keys import Keys from time import sleep
Let's do it:
browser = webdriver.Firefox() browser.get('https://www.google.com?q=python#q=python') first_result = ui.WebDriverWait(browser, 15).until(lambda browser: browser.find_element_by_class_name('rc')) first_link = first_result.find_element_by_tag_name('a') # Save the window opener (current window, do not mistaken with tab... not the same) main_window = browser.current_window_handle # Open the link in a new tab by sending key strokes on the element # Use: Keys.CONTROL + Keys.SHIFT + Keys.RETURN to open tab on top of the stack first_link.send_keys(Keys.CONTROL + Keys.RETURN) # Switch tab to the new tab, which we will assume is the next one on the right browser.find_element_by_tag_name('body').send_keys(Keys.CONTROL + Keys.TAB) # Put focus on current window which will, in fact, put focus on the current visible tab browser.switch_to_window(main_window) # do whatever you have to do on this page, we will just got to sleep for now sleep(2) # Close current tab browser.find_element_by_tag_name('body').send_keys(Keys.CONTROL + 'w') # Put focus on current window which will be the window opener browser.switch_to_window(main_window)