Retrieving Accurate URL from Address Bar with Selenium WebDriver in Java

How can I accurately retrieve the URL from the address bar using Selenium WebDriver in Java?

The current approach that I am using is
WebDriver driver = new WebDriver(); String url = driver.getCurrentUrl();

My current test case involves visiting the LambdaTest website and clicking the “Learning Hub” link. However, url appears to always be, regardless of the URL that is displayed in the address bar.

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Hmm, I see what you’re facing. Adding a Thread.sleep() might offer a quick fix, but relying solely on it can be unreliable. You’ll want something more dependable. How about trying out Selenium’s explicit waits? They’re like a safety net, ensuring your code waits for specific conditions before moving forward. Check out this blog post on different types of waits in Selenium to get a better understanding: Types of Waits in Selenium.

Also, explicit waits are the way to go for sure! Just a heads-up, your code snippet seems to be in C#, but since you’re using Java, let’s tweak that a bit. Here’s how you can adapt it for Java:

WebDriver driver = new ChromeDriver();

WebDriverWait wait = new WebDriverWait(driver, 10); // Timeout set to 10 seconds


WebElement element = wait.until(ExpectedConditions.elementToBeClickable("Your Element ID")));;

This code waits up to 10 seconds for an element to be clickable with the specified ID. It’s like giving your script a patient eye to catch the moment when the element is ready to be clicked.