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Using Index Variable in Locator to Find A Series Elements


From Clicknium Locator definition, it supports a parametric locator.
Users can use the parametric locator in the automation project to replace the ones with the variables or data. It allows the locator to match a series of elements instead of a single target element.

There are two automation cases to demonstrate how to use index variable in the locator to find a series of elements.


For more about the installation and the tutorial of Clicknium Automation, please refer to here.

Scraping contact list on the slack client

It is an actual user scenario that needs to grab user list information from a slack channel.

slack contact list

After recording one contact item's locator, the user modifies the locator with an index variable.

slack contact locator

Then use loop traversal to locate each contact element and get information.

for i in range(1,13):
dict = {"index":i}
if not cc.is_existing(locator.slack.listitem_member, dict):
elem_member = ui(locator.slack.listitem_member, dict)
name = elem_member.get_text()

Scraping playlist from Spotify

It is an actual user scenario, which needs to get the playlist information from spotify.

First, locate "author" and "title" from one item in the playlist.

spotify playlist

As the Spotify page is complicated and dynamic, users use "XPath" in the locator. Modify the locator with the index variable.

spotify playlist locator1

spotify playlist locator1

Then use loop traversal to locate each item in the playlist and get information.

tab ="")
index = 2

titles = []
artists = []
links = []
while True:
if not tab.is_existing(, {'index':index}):
title = tab.find_element(, {'index':index}).get_text()
artist = []
link = []
element = tab.find_element(, {'index':index})
authers = element.children
for item in element.children:

index += 1