Get Element Attribute

The Get Element Attribute command of the WebDriver API returns the attribute of the referenced web element. If for example the element is an <img>, the returned attribute is "//TODO", which is equivalent to calling Element.getAttribute on the element. For XML/XHTML documents it may be cased differently.


Method URI template
GET /session/{session id}/element/{element id}/attribute/{name}

URL parameters

session id
Identifier of the session.
element id
Identifier of the web element to get the tag name of.
Identifier of the attribute of web element to get.


Session not created
Session does not exist.
No such window
The window object has been discarded, indicating that the tab or window has been closed.
Unexpected alert open
A user prompt, such as window.alert, blocks execution of command until it is dealt with.



from selenium import webdriver

session = webdriver.Firefox()
search_box = session.find_element_by_id("q")





Specification Status Comment
The definition of 'Get Element Attribute' in that specification.
Recommendation Initial definition

Browser compatibility

FeatureChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafari
Basic support No1 No2557 No1 No3
FeatureAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidEdge mobileFirefox for AndroidOpera AndroidiOS SafariSamsung Internet
Basic support No1 No1 No2 No No1 No3 No4

1. To enable Chromium support, include {"goog:chromeOptions": {"w3c": true}} in the capabiliites when running the command.

2. The vendor-supported implementation for Edge is non-spec-conforming and incompatible.

3. The vendor-supported implementation for Safari is non spec-conforming and incompatible.

4. The vendor-supported implementation for Samsung Internet is non-spec-conforming and incompatible.

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