How to return WebElement having particular CSS property using JavascriptExecutor?

Tags: java,jquery,css,selenium-webdriver,nullpointerexception

Problem :

I am working on a scenario where I need to find a WebElement based on its CSS property, like background-color.

I have created the JQuery to find the element as below and it finds the webelement correctly using firefox console.

$('.search-bar-submit').each(function() { 
   return $(this).css('background-color') == '#fdd922'; 

screenshot of firefox console searching for webElement

Hence, I wrote the code to find this WebElement, i.e. searchbox and then tried to click it.


String query ="$('.search-bar-submit').each(function() { "
            + "return $(this).css('background-color') == '#fdd922'; });";

WebElement searchbox = (WebElement) ((JavascriptExecutor)driver).executeScript(query);;

When I run the program, it gives me Exception in thread "main" java.lang.NullPointerException on line;

Can anyone help me out find the searchbox using JavascriptExecutor and then click on it? Am I missing something silly here?

Any help is appreciated. Thanks in Advance.

Solution :

WebElement searchbox = (WebElement) ((JavascriptExecutor)driver).executeScript(query);

The above code calls the function but doesn't do anything with the result, ie. it doesn't return it to the caller.

Add return in the script to return the webelement to the selenium script(webdriver)

return $('.search-bar-submit').each(function() { 
   return $(this).css('background-color') == '#fdd922'; 

The return type is List<WebElement>so typecast it to List if you typecast it to it will throw an ClassCastException as arraylist cannot be cast to a webelement


 List<WebElement> searchbox = (List<WebElement>) ((JavascriptExecutor)driver).executeScript(query);

    for(int i=0;i<searchbox.size();i++){                     




The code was not working in firefox because the firefox browser returns a json object of the webelement.Selenium replaced its uses of org.json with gson.So it is not able to understand the response recieved

Screenshot taken from chrome


Screenshot taken from firefox



We are using Jquery get function to retrieve the DOM Elements matched by the jquery object

$('.search-bar-submit').each(function() { 
   return $(this).css('background-color') == '#fdd922';


    public class jquerytest

        public static void main(String[] args) throws Exception {

      WebDriver driver = new FirefoxDriver();



      String query ="return $('.search-bar-submit').each(function() { "
                  + "return $(this).css('background-color') == '#fdd922'; }).get(0);";

      Thread.sleep(5000);//wait till page loads replace thread.sleep by any waits

      WebElement searchbox = (WebElement) ((JavascriptExecutor)driver).executeScript(query);;


I have tested the above code on both chrome and firefox it works perfectly

Hope this helps you.Kindly get back if you have any queries

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