How to get the child elements in Python Selenium?

Selenium Python – Get the child elements

In this tutorial, you will learn how to get the child elements of a given element, in Selenium Python.

To get the child elements of a given element in Selenium Python, call the find_elements() method on the given element and pass By.XPATH for the by parameter, and '*' for the value parameter in the function call.

If myelement is the WebElement object for which we would like to find the child elements, the code snippet for find_elements() method is

myelement.find_elements(By.XPATH, '*')

The above method call returns a list of WebElement objects.


In this example, we shall consider loading the webpage at URL: The contents of this HTML file is given below. The web page contains a parent div with three children divs.

  <h1>Hello Family</h1>
  <div id="parent">
    <div id="child1">This is child 1.</div>
    <div id="child2">This is child 2.</div>
    <div id="child3">This is child 3.</div>
Selenium Python - Get parent element - Webpage

We shall take the parent div div#parent as our WebElement of interest, find its child elements, and print these elements to standard output.

Python Program

from selenium import webdriver
from import ChromeDriverManager
from import Service as ChromeService
from import By

# Setup chrome driver
driver = webdriver.Chrome(service=ChromeService(executable_path=ChromeDriverManager().install()))
driver.set_window_size(500, 400)

# Navigate to the url

# Get the div element you are interested in
mydiv = driver.find_element(By.ID, 'parent')

# Get children of mydiv
children = mydiv.find_elements(By.XPATH, '*')

# Itertae over the children
for child in children:
    print("\nChild Element")

# Close the driver


Child Element
<div id="child1">This is child 1.</div>

Child Element
<div id="child2">This is child 2.</div>

Child Element
<div id="child3">This is child 3.</div>


In this Python Selenium tutorial, we have given instructions on how to find the child elements of a given web element, with the help of an example program.

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