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Reading a string value that is visible within DevTools > Elements > Properties > "value"

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Good morning, everyone, 

I am using WebDriver with ChromeDriver version 105.0.5195.52

I have the script almost completed; this is going to be used as a wait / pause until the file has completed uploading. I was able to find where the value: "C:\\fakepath\\Vladimir Harkonnen.jpg" is stored. I am trying to figure out how to read this value. This is part of an <input type="file"> element. Reading / finding the value would be the trigger to allow the script to continue. I don't know very much but I feel like I am either not using WebDriver correctly or possibly it won't be able to help me with what I am trying to do.

Please see the attached screenshot. 

Thank you for your time, experience, and patience with me,

Thomas Bennett


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40 minutes ago, Danp2 said:

It looks like the filenames are located in the Files property, so you would use _WD_ElementAction to access them, ie --

$sFiles = _WD_ElementAction($sSession, $sElement, 'property', 'files')


Thank you, @Danp2! I hope that you didn't take my comment despairingly against your work; if you did I apologize as that was not my intent. Thank you for thinking ahead and having this feature already built-in. I am still using 'value' since the script is waiting for that value to change from null to the path described above.

Again, thank you for your time on this,

Thomas Bennett

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@ThomasBennettYou didn't say anything disparaging, so please stop apologizing. I will let you know if you say something offensive. I hope you would do the same for me. 😉

Browser automation via Webdriver is a complex subject, and there are usually multiple ways to tackle a given task. Just remember that "value" won't necessarily reflect if there are multiple files selected for upload.

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@Danp2, makes sense; fortunately in this case the webpage in question will only accept one file per entry. Also, a process that typically takes ~40 minutes and lots of focus is now down to approximately 6 minutes. Have you attempted to calculate how much time the Webdriver has saved the world compared to the amount of time it took to develop it? Case in point; took me ~14 hours of research and coding to get this figured out.. and looking at my work queue this script will pay for itself after I've ran it ~17 more times. 

Thank you again!

Thomas Bennett

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