Python – TypeError: ‘WebElement’ object is not subscriptable


I try to press the Replay button at Spotify Web Player with Python, but get this error. How can I press buttons in a webplayer?

replay = driver.find_element_by_xpath("""/html/body/div[2]/div/div[4]/div[3]/footer/div/div[2]/div/div[1]/div[5]/button""")[0]


replay = driver.find_element_by_xpath("""/html/body/div[2]/div/div[4]/div[3]/footer/div/div[2]/div/div[1]/div[5]/button""")[0]
TypeError: 'WebElement' object is not subscriptable

Best Solution

This error message...

TypeError 'WebElement' object is not subscriptable

...implies that you have attached an index to a WebElement which is not supported.


Only list elements can be indexed. However, in this line of code:

replay = driver.find_element_by_xpath("""/html/body/div[2]/div/div[4]/div[3]/footer/div/div[2]/div/div[1]/div[5]/button""")[0]

driver.find_element_by_xpath("""/html/body/div[2]/div/div[4]/div[3]/footer/div/div[2]/div/div[1]/div[5]/button""") would always return a single WebElement. Hence you can't access the element through any index, e.g. [0], [1], etc as an index can be associated only with a list.


There are two approaches to solve the issue.

  • In the first approach, you can remove the index, i.e. [0], and in that case replay will be assigned with the first matched element identified through locator strategy as follows:

    replay = driver.find_element_by_xpath("""/html/body/div[2]/div/div[4]/div[3]/footer/div/div[2]/div/div[1]/div[5]/button""")
  • In the other approach, instead of using find_element_by_xpath() you can create a list using find_elements_by_xpath() and access the very first element from the List using the index [0] as follows:

    replay = driver.find_elements_by_xpath("""/html/body/div[2]/div/div[4]/div[3]/footer/div/div[2]/div/div[1]/div[5]/button""")[0]


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