RE: How to write Relative Xpath

To choose the relative xpath, it is advisable to look for the recent Id attribute. Look below at the HTML code of the above screen shot.Locators-4

You can see the recent or last Id produced is ‘footer_nav‘. This id would be appropriate in this case, so a quality xpath will look like this:  //*[@id=’social-media’]/ul/li[3]/a

Did you notice the difference between the Absolute and Relative xpaths?

Absolute xpath: /html/body/div[2]/div/div/footer/section[3]/div/ul/li[3]/a

Relative xpath: //*[@id=’social-media’]/ul/li[3]/a

Here , I am not getting how you written Relative Xpath ?

Murali Train Asked on December 17, 2014 in Selenium WebDriver.
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First you have to inspect the RSS feed with firebug from the demo site “”
and then write the relative xpath manually.

RE: How to write Relative Xpath

Please refer to attached screenshot.

The RSS feed has a div id as “social media

ul is the first child of the div id hence //*[@id=’social-media’]/ul

as we are referring to the third “li” tag hence “li[3]”

ans finally inside li[3] we are referring to “a” tag hence the final relative path goes like “//*[@id=’social-media’]/ul/li[3]/a”

Supporter Answered on December 17, 2014.

@Rajesh, nice explanation. Voted up.

on December 17, 2014.

Good One Rajesh. Voted Up 🙂

on December 17, 2014.

I was wondering that, I feel so dummy using Firepath all the time, hehe. Thanks.

on December 17, 2014.

ThankQ Rajesh, I got it.

Finally , I have one Question, I got it from your explanation, our parent element is “div”

1. Why we are coming from “div id”, What about BEFORE and AFTER “div” ?

on December 18, 2014.
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