RE: How to Retrieve the values from a drop down using selenium-WebDriver?

I am using below script to retrieve specific item from drop down but it’s not working.

Select  salTitle =  new Select(driver.findElement(“s2id_QuickEnquiryForm_salutation”)));

showing below Error in console “Exception in thread “main” org.openqa.selenium.suppo

RE: How to Retrieve the values from a drop down using selenium-WebDriver?

rt.ui.UnexpectedTagNameException: Element should have been “select” but was “div””

I am using selenium + javascript.can anyone here suggest a method to select an item from a dropdown menu.

please find the Below HTML,Source code for your reference!!

please find the attached image for HTML code of Specific to that field.

I welcome any input!

Thanks in advance!!

Uday Train Asked on December 29, 2014 in Selenium WebDriver.

This is a very beautifully asked question. Thanks Uday!

on December 31, 2014.
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Hi Uday

If you have all drop down with div , you can simply right your own wrapper around it code would be something like below

public static boolean selectDivDropDown(WebElement element,String matchingText){;

List<WebElement> dropDownList = element.findElements(By.tagName("a"));

for(WebElement dropDown:dropDownList){


return true;



throw new IllegalArgumentException("Not able to find Element with Text:"+matchingText+"inside the WebElement:"+element.toString());


Please note this is just example , I have not checked the exact html and neither have tested this code , but you can take it forward from there

Supporter Answered on January 2, 2015.
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