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I get this error when running my tests: org.openqa.selenium.StaleElementReferenceException: Element is no longer attached to the DOM

Any idea on how to solve the above exception? This happens in Selenium Grid which has a ref Xpath expression which is dynamic

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Solution 1:

You could refresh the page and check out once more for the same element.

Assume you're attempting to click on a link and obtaining the stale element exception.

Sample code to overcome the issue


driver.findElement(By.xpath("xpath here")).click();

Solution 2:

If an element is not attached to DOM then you could try using ‘try-catch block’ within ‘for loop’

// using for loop, it tries for three times.

// If the element is found for the first time then it breaks from the for loop and comes out of the loop

for(int i=0; i<=2;i++){


     driver.findElement(By.xpath("xpath here")).click();



  catch(Exception e){




Solution 3:

Wait for the element till it gets available


Use ExpectedConditions.refreshed to avoid StaleElementReferenceException and retrieve the element again. This method updates the element by redrawing it and we can access the referenced element.


I hope this helps!

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