Get Element Tag Name

The Get Element Tag Name command of the WebDriver API returns the tag name of the referenced web element. If for example the element is an <img>, the returned tag name is "IMG", which is equivalent to calling Element.tagName on the element. For XML/XHTML documents it may be cased differently.


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

URL parameters

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


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 = driver.find_element_by_id("q")





Specification Status Comment
The definition of 'Get Element Tag Name' in that specification.
Candidate 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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