What way is the best for selenium select dropdown python?

130    Asked by ankurDwivedi in QA Testing , Asked on Feb 23, 2022

I would like to select an child of a <select> using the Python WebDriver.

I have a reference to the option WebElement I wish to select and have tried select() and click() methods but neither works.

What is the correct way to select an

Answered by Anil Jha

I think using selenium.webdriver.support.ui.Select is the cleanest way for selenium select dropdown python: from selenium import webdriver from selenium.webdriver.support.ui import Select

b = webdriver.Firefox()
# navigate to the page
select = Select(b.find_element_by_id(....))
print select.options
print [o.text for o in select.options] # these are string-s

Using this approach is also the fastest way. I wrote fast_multiselect as analogous function to multiselect_set_selections. On a test with 4 calls to multiselect_set_selections on lists of about 20 items each, the average running time is 16.992 seconds, where fast_multiselect is only 10.441 seconds. Also the latter is much less complicated.

 from selenium.webdriver.support.ui import Select
 def fast_multiselect(driver, element_id, labels):
     select = Select(driver.find_element_by_id(element_id))
     for label in labels:

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