Strange drop down automation problem - multiple select

  • I've tried for days to figure this one out. I have a selector that I can't figure out. It seems to be a regular select statement with multiple options but when clicking one option directly it changes the title on a button. I can't figure out how to manipulate it. All I want to do is find a specific selection option and select it. I don't need to select multiple options.

    The code I'm seeing is as follows:

    <select multiple="" id="assignTo" data-placeholder="Select Instructor(s)" title="Instructor(S)" name="instructors" class="form-control bootstrapmultiselect" style="display: none;">
    <option value="864979">Joe Smith</option>
    <option value="355944">Mary Jones</option>
    <option value="44177">Bill Smith</option>
    <option value="551573">Susan Carter</option>
    <option value="883308">Brian Bird</option>
    <div class="btn-group" style="width: 100%;">
       <button type="button" class="multiselect dropdown-toggle btn btn-default" data-toggle="dropdown" title="None selected" style="width: 100%;">None selected <strong class="caret"></strong></button>

    Here's the code I've tried:

        drop = select(driver.find_element_by_id('assignTo'))
        instructor_option = WebDriverWait(driver,5).until(lambda x: x.find_element_by_xpath("//select[@id='assignTo']/option[text()='Bill Smith']"))

    Any ideas? I appreciate any help at all!

  • There is nothing wrong with your select locator. I assume the thing that changes are underlying values of available options, try selecting by visible text:


    I have used java syntax, here is python:


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