RE: How to pass array of WebElement type to a method


Hi there,

I am trying to create 2 methods viz One method to locate web element on the page using driver.findElement. Method accepts set of multiple xpaths from excel file like xpath1,xpath2,xpath3… on. On next I have separated all xpaths based on ‘,’ comma sign using split() and saved them into an array ‘strarray’ and did driver.findElement(By.xpath(“strarray[i]”) using loop.

Now issue is that, I need to save these values into an array of WebElement type. After doing this, I need to return this array to some other method so that I can do further action using those returned value.

Is there any for implementing same. Or if I am wrong then please suggest a way.

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Hi Vishal,

Your suggestion works like charm. Finally it worked with ArrayList of WebElement type. I am sharing that code which can help a newbie in future.

Here strelementidvalue is like xpath=/html/body/div[1]/div[5]/div[2]/div[5],/html/body/div[1]/div[5]/div[2]/div[5]/div/div[2],/html/body/div[1]/div[5]/div[2]

It contains 3 xpaths separated by ‘commas’ being read from excel file. After that each xpath has been separated ad processed to do locate element in required webpage. Everytime I added returning value i.e Webelement is being appended into ArrayList of WebElement type and this list is being returned as value of below mentioned menthod.

public ArrayList<WebElement> find_multipleElement(String strelementidvalue) throws IOException, InterruptedException{
strelementList = new ArrayList<WebElement>();
strarr1 = strelementidvalue.split(“=”);
if(strarr1.length == 2) {
strtext = strarr1[0];
strelmntxpath = strarr1[1];
if(strtext.equals(“xpath”)) {
StringTokenizer st = new StringTokenizer(strelmntxpath,”,”);
//strelement1 = st.nextToken();
} catch(NoSuchElementException e) {
strelementList = null;
strelementList = null;

return strelementList;

Anyway Vishal, once again thanks for your help.

Train Answered on September 11, 2014.
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