Common problems with Selenium: cannot find elements due to page not loading fast enough

(With massive apologies to everyone that attended my talk, I totally failed to teach the ``implicitly_wait`` api correctly, how embarassing!)

You may occasionally see errors like this:

AttributeError: 'NoneType' object has no attribute 'text'

In this case, I was trying to look at body.text to check whether a page contained some text. What goes wrong is that, sometimes, selenium tries to look at the page before it's finished loading. Thankfully, there's a solution: the implicitly_wait function

It should be called like this:


where self.browser is a webdriver instance, the implicitly_wait is a function call (not an attribute!). The parameter is in seconds.

Once you've set that, selenium will automatically keep polling for up to 3 seconds, if it can't find a DOM element you're asking for.

More info at:


Published: July 9, 2012

Author: harry


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  1. WebDriver: Advanced Usage — Selenium Documentation
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