Javascript – Selenium WebDriver wait till element is displayed

javascriptnode.jsselenium-webdriver

I have searched on Google and the SO site and I get answers for JAVA but do not seem to get answers for node.js

I have a web app that takes time to load. I would like the selenium program to wait till the page is loaded and then perform some actions.

My current code is as follows

//dependencies
var webdriver = require('selenium-webdriver'),
    util = require('util'),
    _ = require('underscore');

var driver = new webdriver.Builder().withCapabilities(webdriver.Capabilities.chrome()).build();
var branchName =  _.isUndefined(process.argv[3]) ? 'branch' : process.argv[3], 
    hostName = _.isUndefined(process.argv[2]) ? 'localhost' : process.argv[2],
    appTmpl = 'http://%s/%s',
    username = 'xxxx',
    password = 'xxxx';
var appUrl = util.format(appTmpl, hostName, branchName);

driver.get(appUrl);
driver.findElement(webdriver.By.name("username")).sendKeys(username);
driver.findElement(webdriver.By.name("password")).sendKeys(password);
driver.findElement(webdriver.By.name("login_button")).click();
driver.quit();

The error I get is:

    C:\Work\study\selenium\node_modules\selenium-webdriver\lib\webdriver\promise.js:1643
      throw error;
            ^
NoSuchElementError: no such element
  (Session info: chrome=37.0.2062.103)
  (Driver info: chromedriver=2.10.267521,platform=Windows NT 6.1 SP1 x86_64)
    at new bot.Error (C:\Work\study\selenium\node_modules\selenium-webdriver\lib\atoms\error.js:109:18)
    at Object.bot.response.checkResponse (C:\Work\study\selenium\node_modules\selenium-webdriver\lib\atoms\response.js:106:9)
    at C:\Work\study\selenium\node_modules\selenium-webdriver\lib\webdriver\webdriver.js:277:20
    at C:\Work\study\selenium\node_modules\selenium-webdriver\lib\goog\base.js:1243:15
    at webdriver.promise.ControlFlow.runInNewFrame_ (C:\Work\study\selenium\node_modules\selenium-webdriver\lib\webdriver\promise.js:1539:20)
    at notify (C:\Work\study\selenium\node_modules\selenium-webdriver\lib\webdriver\promise.js:362:12)
    at notifyAll (C:\Work\study\selenium\node_modules\selenium-webdriver\lib\webdriver\promise.js:331:7)
    at resolve (C:\Work\study\selenium\node_modules\selenium-webdriver\lib\webdriver\promise.js:309:7)
    at fulfill (C:\Work\study\selenium\node_modules\selenium-webdriver\lib\webdriver\promise.js:429:5)
    at C:\Work\study\selenium\node_modules\selenium-webdriver\lib\webdriver\promise.js:1406:10
==== async task ====
WebDriver.findElement(By.name("username"))
    at webdriver.WebDriver.schedule (C:\Work\study\selenium\node_modules\selenium-webdriver\lib\webdriver\webdriver.js:268:15)
    at webdriver.WebDriver.findElement (C:\Work\study\selenium\node_modules\selenium-webdriver\lib\webdriver\webdriver.js:711:17)
    at Object.<anonymous> (C:\Work\study\selenium\test.js:15:8)
    at Module._compile (module.js:456:26)
    at Object.Module._extensions..js (module.js:474:10)
    at Module.load (module.js:356:32)
    at Function.Module._load (module.js:312:12)
    at Function.Module.runMain (module.js:497:10)
    at startup (node.js:119:16)

Best Answer

I stumbled upon an answer to my question

So to wait for an element to appear we have to:

driver.wait(function () {
    return driver.isElementPresent(webdriver.By.name("username"));
}, timeout);
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