Ruby – How to get window titles, ids, and names in selenium-webdriver


Im trying to implement the following methods from selenium-webdriver (ruby)

  • get_all_window_ids
  • get_all_window_titles
  • get_all_window_names
  1. I ran Selenium IDE and exported my script to Ruby Test::Unit. Saved it as .rb
  2. Opened my script for editing using Aptana Studio 3
  3. Initial code snippet as follows:
require "rubygems"
require "selenium-webdriver"
require "test/unit"

class SwitchToPopup3 < Test::Unit::TestCase

  def setup
    @driver = Selenium::WebDriver.for :firefox
    @base_url = (URL of my test website)
    @driver.manage.timeouts.implicit_wait = 30
    @verification_errors = []

  def teardown
    assert_equal [], @verification_errors

def test_switch_to_popup3
  puts @driver.get_all_window_ids()
  puts @driver.get_all_window_titles()
  puts @driver.get_all_window_names()

The error I keep getting is

NoMethodError: undefined method `get_all_window_ids' for #    <Selenium::WebDriver::Driver:0x101e4b040 browser=:chrome>
/Users/rsucgang/Documents/Aptana Studio 3 Workspace/Testing/SwitchToPopup2.rb:37:in `test_switch_to_popup3'

I've studied the documentation for the ruby bindings for selenium-webdriver

Ultimately my goal here is to run my automation script:

  1. Click on a link that opens a new window with target=_blank and no windowID available (does not implement JS)
  2. Identify the names of all opened windows in the browser
  3. switch to a new pop-up window using the switchToWindow(name) method
  4. continue running my script on that pop-up window

I've googled and researched this on the internet and I have not gotten any much information.

Thanks and please let me know if you need more information.

  • OSL Mac OSX 10.7.3
  • Ruby: ruby 1.8.7 (2010-01-10 patchlevel 249) [universal-darwin11.0]
  • Browser: Firefox 9.0.1 (Mac)
  • Chrome: Chrome 17.0.963.79 (Mac)
  • Selenium-Server: Ruby gem 2.20.0

Best Solution

Justin, you have a good approach. But there is a gotcha in assuming that the window handles will return in the correct order. This isn't always the case across all browsers. I outline a slightly different approach in my free weekly Selenium tip newsletter (

It goes like this:

@driver.get ''
main_window = @driver.window_handle
@driver.find_element(css: '.example a').click
windows = @driver.window_handles
  windows.each do |window|
    if main_window != window
      @new_window = window
@driver.title.should_not =~ /New Window/  
@driver.title.should =~ /New Window/  

You can see the full tip here.