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 Difficult web page -- Selenium
I am trying to scrape a web page that's giving me a bit of trouble.
There is no issue loading first and second pages, but then the
second page has a search box which has a different XPath each time called.

I am able to find the search box by searching for the <input> tag on the page.

The problem lies in trying to enter text into the search box and getting result.

Here's an almost working (except for above issue) snippet the code:
from selenium import webdriver
from selenium.webdriver.common.keys import Keys
from import By
from selenium.webdriver.common.action_chains import ActionChains
import time

class GetOregonBusinessLists:
    def __init__(self):
        self.parse_BusinessLists(searchitem='Active Businesses LLC', savename='ActiveLLC.html')
    def parse_BusinessLists(self, searchitem, savename):
        mainurl = ''
        caps = webdriver.DesiredCapabilities().FIREFOX
        caps["marionette"] = True
        browser = webdriver.Firefox(capabilities=caps)
        data_catalog = browser.find_element(By.XPATH, '/html/body/div[2]/div/div[5]/div/div[2]/div/div[1]/div[2]/div[2]/div/a/div/div/p[2]')
        hover = ActionChains(browser).move_to_element(data_catalog)

        # Fetching search box by -- tag name -- as xpath changes with each access
        inputElement = browser.find_element_by_tag_name('input')
        attrs = browser.execute_script('var items = {}; for (index = 0; index < arguments[0].attributes.length; ++index) { items[arguments[0].attributes[index].name] = arguments[0].attributes[index].value }; return items;', inputElement)
        print(f'attrs: {attrs}')


        page =  str(browser.page_source)

if __name__ == '__main__':
attrs: {'autocomplete': 'off', 'class': 'autocomplete-input _-_-_-common-autocomplete-components-SearchBox-_search-box-module_search-box-static-mobile_ksx6z', 'id': 'autocomplete-search-input-18721', 'placeholder': 'Search', 'type': 'search', 'value': ''} Traceback (most recent call last): File "/media/larz60/Data-1TB/Projects/BusinessListings/src/Oregon/", line 41, in <module> GetOregonBusinessLists() File "/media/larz60/Data-1TB/Projects/BusinessListings/src/Oregon/", line 11, in __init__ self.parse_BusinessLists(searchitem='Active Businesses LLC', savename='ActiveLLC.html') File "/media/larz60/Data-1TB/Projects/BusinessListings/src/Oregon/", line 31, in parse_BusinessLists inputElement.send_keys(searchitem) File "/media/larz60/Data-1TB/Projects/BusinessListings/business_venv/lib/python3.7/site-packages/selenium/webdriver/remote/", line 479, in send_keys 'value': keys_to_typing(value)}) File "/media/larz60/Data-1TB/Projects/BusinessListings/business_venv/lib/python3.7/site-packages/selenium/webdriver/remote/", line 633, in _execute return self._parent.execute(command, params) File "/media/larz60/Data-1TB/Projects/BusinessListings/business_venv/lib/python3.7/site-packages/selenium/webdriver/remote/",line 321, in execute self.error_handler.check_response(response) File "/media/larz60/Data-1TB/Projects/BusinessListings/business_venv/lib/python3.7/site-packages/selenium/webdriver/remote/", line 242, in check_response raise exception_class(message, screen, stacktrace) selenium.common.exceptions.ElementNotInteractableException: Message: Element <input id="autocomplete-search-input-18721" class="autocomplete-input _-_-_-common-autocomplete-components-SearchBox-_search-box-module_search-box-static-mobile_ksx6z" type="search"> is not reachable bykeyboar
(Dec-31-2018, 05:18 PM)Larz60+ Wrote: the second page has a search box which has a different XPath each time called
Sounds like you need a more generic xpath expression.
One that might work (depending on how exact you want to be) might be //div[@class="siteContentWrapper"]//input.

I'm no expert when it comes to selenium (I try to avoid it if possible), but I believe your code tries using the first input element on the page, which is a hidden one.

The resulting search urls seem pretty straight-forward, so it would probably be easier to just generate them, instead of going through the trouble of automating the browser for searching.
I didn't see the hidden input tag
That did the trick!

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