Scrolling by a certain distance in Java Selenium (using Actions class)

Scrolling by a certain distance in Java Selenium (using Actions class)

Web testing often requires scrolling operations to interact with elements that are not visible in the viewport. In Java Selenium, the Actions class provides various methods to handle complex user interactions like scrolling. This article focuses on scrolling by a certain distance using the moveToElement method from the Actions class.

Scrolling by a certain distance using moveToElement

The moveToElement method in the Actions class can be used to scroll the page by a certain distance. This method moves the mouse to the middle of the specified web element, which causes the page to scroll if the element is not in the viewport. Here is a code snippet that demonstrates scrolling by a certain distance using the moveToElement method:

WebElement elementToScrollTo = driver.findElement(By.xpath("//*[contains(text(),'Some text')]"));
Actions actions = new Actions(driver);
actions.moveToElement(elementToScrollTo).perform();

In the code snippet above, we first find a WebElement that we want to scroll to using the driver.findElement method. We then create an instance of the Actions class and use the moveToElement method to scroll the page to the specified element. The perform method is called to execute the action.

Here is an example test that uses the above code snippet.

See Working Example


Using the moveToElement method for scrolling is helpful when you need to interact with a specific element on a web page, but it is not visible in the viewport. By scrolling to the element, you can ensure that it is available for further interactions, such as clicking or sending keys.

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