Find Elements

Extracts WebElements based on different criteria. The input can either be a WebDriver (representing a browser’s window), or a WebElement (a subpart of the window). The following search criteria are available:

Find by Explanation
Class Name Finds elements based on their class attributes. In case an element has multiple class values assigned, matching a single value is sufficient.
CSS Selector Finds elements based on a CSS selector expression.
ID Finds an element based in its id attribute.
Link Text Finds links through an exact match of their text.
Name Finds elements based on their name attributes.
Partial Link Text Finds links by a partial match of the given text.
Tag Name Finds elements based on their tag names.
XPath Finds elements based on an XPath expression. (see e.g. here for a introduction to XPath)

You can use the “Outline” view to easily create selector queries from the current DOM tree: Find the element you want to extract and double click on the corresponding line. A matching selector expression will be automatically inserted into the “Query” field.

Alternatively, you can select elements directly in the browser (works for Chromium-based browsers Chrome, Chromium): Click the “Select” button beside the “Query” input, switch to your browser window, and select any element on the page. A selector expression will be inserted into the “Query” field.

Please note that these feature require (1) a running browser instance which must show the actual data you want to extract, (2) the “full input data” to the node to be available.

To search for a text snippet within the DOM tree, use the search bar below the source.

For each extracted WebElement a new row is added to the output table.

Note that you cannot only search within the given input, but also navigate the entire DOM tree. For example, you can use the XPath query .. to find a WebElement’s parent.

Also note that you can only find on a DOM element level here, but not text content or attributes. To extract text, use this node to select the surrounding element, and then connect an “Extract InnerHTML” node to get the text. To extract attribute values, use an “Extract Attribute” node accordingly.


Find in
The input column providing the starting point where to search.
The search criterion (see above).
The query (in case you allow KNIME to open the dialog with “full input data” and the Selenium browser is running, the dialog will give you a live update with the number of matches for the entered query. The query input will show suggestions based on the currently loaded page e.g. for ID, class name, tag name, and tag name. Hint: To show updates instantly, make sure to disable the “Implicit wait” in the Start WebDriver node!).
Set result column name
Enable to change the name of the appended column.
Extract first match only
If enabled, extract only first match per input row instead of all.
Return missing values when nothing is found
If enabled, return a “missing value” cell in case nothing could be found, or an ignored exception was catched (see below).
Wait up to X s, poll every Y ms
Specify the maximum amount of time in seconds to wait in case elements are searched and are not immediately available. Additionally, the poll interval in milliseconds can be specified. Selenium will wait at most for the given amount of time and keep checking in the given poll interval.
Ignore exceptions
Do not fail the node’s execution in case an exception is encountered (typically, in case the wait timeout was reached without finding an element). Note, that when used together with the “wait” option and multiple input rows, this will cause the node to wait for each row sequentially (i.e. a worst case of X seconds × N rows).
Append additional WebElement information
If enabled, additional columns with the WebElement’s properties are appended (tag name, text content, selected, enabled, displayed state, position and size). This may (1) slow down extraction or (2) not be supported by specific WebDriver implementations. In latter case MissingValues will be returned.

Input Ports

Table with a column providing a WebDriver or WebElements in which to search

Output Ports

Table with the found WebElements (and optionally additional columns with more information)


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