How to Select a Date From DatePicker Using Selenium


When you need to automate a airway, hotel, or similar websites you need to deal with Datepickers and some times it is a little bit cumbersome to select a specific date on the Datepicker or calendar.  In this post, I will explain you how to deal with Datepickers with selenium.

I want to explain it with a scenario.

  • Go to http://www.turkishairlines.com/tr-tr/ website
  • Maximize browser
  • Get Current Day as a number
  • Get “from date“‘s date-picker. It comprises of all weeks as TR and all days as TD. It is shown as below.
  • Get all TDs because TDs are the days of the month and hold them into a WebElements list.
  • Do a for loop over all TDs and when a TD’s text is equal to current day’s number then click that element.
    (If you want you can click any day. You need to change if condition’s comparison. I gave an example into code as 18th day of the month but it is commented.)
  • Wait 4 second to see the result 🙂

DatePicker’s HTML code and all TRs and TDs:

datepicker

Here is the test code. (I used JAVA 8 and JUnit and Selenium Webdriver)

 

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About the Author:

Onur Baskirt
Onur Baskirt is a senior IT professional with 10+ years of experience. He worked at Bahçesehir University, ST Microelectronics, Huawei and Ericsson as research assistant, design verification engineer and software test leader. Also, he worked as software test leader and software operations manager at Turkey's biggest technology retailer, Teknosa. Now, he is working as Head of Software Testing and Manager of two Development Teams at Kariyer.net. His current research areas are technical software testing, programming, and computer science. Formerly, he has several research works and papers on digital chip design & verification. His hobbies are sport, dancing, traveling, and nutrition. You can find detailed information about him on his linked-in page.

6 Comments

  1. Adam September 1, 2016 at 8:37 pm - Reply

    Thanks for this tutorial. I have a question. Why did you use “.” in your xpath expression? Usualy we use dot sign if we want to find webelement in another weblement.

  2. Pavanan M S October 21, 2016 at 5:29 pm - Reply

    Hi,
    I am using selenium IDE to generate the cases. How can I do this using the IDE?

    • Onur Baskirt
      Onur Baskirt October 21, 2016 at 5:31 pm - Reply

      Selenium IDE usage is simple. Just add the extension to firefox and then do record and play. In this case, I did not try to use Selenium IDE and I don’t have any experience. Just try it and share us your experiences.

  3. Satya July 6, 2017 at 2:04 pm - Reply

    Hi, when I am running the getCurrentDay () method, its getting terminated. console is displying below message :

    Getday.getCurrentDay [TestNG]

    can you please tell me the possible reasons for this.

    • Onur Baskirt
      Onur Baskirt July 9, 2017 at 2:19 am - Reply

      The code is written for JUnit maybe the reason of the problem is this.

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