How to Get Link Text in Selenium Webdriver Java

Selenium is an open-source web-based automation tool that is implemented using a web driver. We will be using geckodriver because Selenium 3 enables geckodriver as the default WebDriver implementation for Firefox.


  1. geckodriver.exe
  2. maven dependency selenium


Getting link text takes 4 simple steps:
  1. Set webdriver.gecko.driver and its' path as a system property.
  2. Set the firefox diver and browse to the website.
  3. Get the HTML Div containing anchor tag as Web-element using webdriver.findElement() function and CSS selector.
  4. Get link text heading element and print.

Let’s see all the above steps in the code. We will use Webelment.getText() function to get the text of the link.

import org.openqa.selenium.By;
import org.openqa.selenium.WebDriver;
import org.openqa.selenium.WebElement;
import org.openqa.selenium.firefox.FirefoxDriver;

public class GetLinkText {

        public static String GECKODRIVER_PATH ="F:\\WORK\\SeleniumShortTasks\\LinkText\\src\\main\\resources\\geckodriver.exe";
        public static void main(String[] args) {
            //set firefox webdriver
            System.setProperty("webdriver.gecko.driver", GECKODRIVER_PATH);
            WebDriver driver = new FirefoxDriver();

            //get the firefox browser & Browse the Website for text
            String siteLink = "";

            //Get Heading Div
            WebElement headingDiv = driver.findElement(By.cssSelector("div.yuRUbf"));
            //Get element with tag a = Link
            WebElement link = headingDiv.findElement(By.tagName("a"));
            System.out.println("Link Text = "+link.findElement(By.tagName("h3")).getText());


All resources used in this tutorial are attached:
  • source code
  • geckdriver.exe