Part 13: Usages Of Javascripts In Selenium : How JavaScript Helps In Uploading File In Selenium And Protractor

Hello Folks,

In last post, we learnt how to upload a file using selenium webdriver.

In this post , we will learn how JavaScript can help you in uploading a file when selenium webdriver fails to do so.

I was working on an angular application where I need to upload a profile picture. I was using Protractor framework. Angular code for file upload was as below:

You can notice input tag contains an attribute named “hidden” which was a big problem for uploading.

When I tried to use sendKeys() method, I was getting exception as element is not visible. Then I tried with JavaScript ways to set the value, I got exception as element can not be interacted. Since element is hidden, so none of the ways was working.

When nothing works, I prefer JavaScript but here JavaScript also failed But the solution was JavaScript again. JavaScript can also be used to change the value of an attribute of web element. I made hidden element visible by setting its style attribute. After making element visible, I used sendKeys() method to send file name and it worked fine.

Java code:

I tried to create similar html code but could not. If you encounter such web elements, you can use above way. This can be used for all types of web element.

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Author: Amod Mahajan

My name is Amod Mahajan and I am an IT employee with 4+ years of experience in Software testing and staying in Bengaluru. My area of interest is Automation testing. I started from basics and went throw so many selenium tutorials. Thanks to Mukesh Otwani as his tutorials are easy and cover basics to advance. I have habit of exploring concepts by deep diving. I used to make notes. I thought of sharing my knowledge through posts and now I am here. #KeepLearning #ShareLearning