Uploading Files with Selenium WebDriver in Java

What is the procedure for uploading a file using Selenium WebDriver in Java?

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Hey, uploading files with Selenium WebDriver in Java… So, you grab that <input type="file"> element, Then, you just use the sendKeys method like this:

WebElement fileInput = driver.findElement(By.id("yourFileInputId"));
String filePath = "path/to/your/file.txt";

Make sure to swap out “yourFileInputId” with the actual ID of your file input and “path/to/your/file.txt” with, well, the path to your file. And boom! That’s it. File uploaded, mission accomplished.

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Hey, here’s a pro tip for ya. Skip clicking on that browse button; it can throw a wrench into your test with those OS-level dialogs. Instead, follow Mark Collin’s advice:


Replace “myUploadElement” with the real ID of your element and toss in the absolute path of your content, whether it’s an image or a video. Selenium will handle the upload without breaking a sweat. Just remember, this only works if your element is <input type="file">.

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another method for uploading files using Selenium WebDriver in Java can be

WebElement fileInput = driver.findElement(By.id("myUploadElement"));

String absolutePath = "/path/to/your/file.txt";


Swap “myUploadElement” for your actual file input ID and “/path/to/your/file.txt” for the absolute path of your file. This method’s slick because you’re interacting directly with the file input element, no need to fuss with that browse button.