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How to simulate mouse movement in Selenium WebDriver

This code navigates to a website www.choice-fm.co.uk. It then simulates moving the mouse from one menu link to the other. Observe the dropdown menu as focus shifts from one menu option to the other. There is a slight delay between each menu option (curtesy of Thread.sleep).

For some strange reason a previously visited menu link's dropdown remained even after focus shifted. Hoping some gurus can explain that to us in the comments sections. smiley

Note: I have assumed you already know how to configure Selenium WebDriver on Eclispe IDE (where I tested the following codes). Code require Selenium Library to run.

import java.util.concurrent.TimeUnit;
import org.openqa.selenium.By;
import org.openqa.selenium.WebDriver;
import org.openqa.selenium.WebElement;
import org.openqa.selenium.firefox.FirefoxDriver;
import org.openqa.selenium.interactions.Actions;

public class MouseMover {

public static void main(String[] args) throws InterruptedException {
//Initialise firefox browser
WebDriver driver = new FirefoxDriver();

/* Next line makes the browser wait for 7 seconds before declaring it cant find an element.
Good for slow loading websites*/
driver.manage().timeouts().implicitlyWait(7,TimeUnit.SECONDS);
driver.get("http://www.choice-fm.co.uk/");

//Build webElement object to contain menu link xpath for all the mainmenu links
WebElement HomeLink = driver.findElement(By.xpath("//*[@id='globalNav']/ul/li[1]/a"));
WebElement ShowsLink = driver.findElement(By.xpath("//*[@id='globalNav']/ul/li[2]/a"));  
WebElement MusicLink = driver.findElement(By.xpath("//*[@id='globalNav']/ul/li[3]/a"));
WebElement EventsLink = driver.findElement(By.xpath("//*[@id='globalNav']/ul/li[6]/a"));

//Create an action object called myMouse
Actions myMouse = new Actions(driver);

//there is a slight delay before each mouse movement hence the "Thread.sleep" statement
myMouse.moveToElement(ShowsLink).build().perform();   //Shows link
Thread.sleep(5000L);
myMouse.moveToElement(HomeLink).build().perform();   //home link
Thread.sleep(5000L);
myMouse.moveToElement(MusicLink).build().perform();   //Music link
Thread.sleep(5000L);
myMouse.moveToElement(EventsLink ).build().perform();   //Events link
Thread.sleep(5000L);
myMouse.moveToElement(HomeLink).build().perform();   //Home link
Thread.sleep(5000L);
myMouse.moveToElement(ShowsLink).build().perform();   //shows link

driver.quit();
}
}

Here is the same operation done in c# but on another website: ticketmaster.co.uk. Observe the slight differences between Java and c#. Code structure is more or less the same but keywords have changed. For example WebDriver in Java is IWebDriver in c#.

using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Linq;
using System.Text;
using OpenQA.Selenium.Firefox;
using OpenQA.Selenium;
using OpenQA.Selenium.Interactions;
using NUnit.Framework;
using System.Threading;

namespace ConcepTestSuite
{
    class MainMenuPresent
    {
        static void Main(string[] args)
        {
            IWebDriver driver = new FirefoxDriver();
            driver.Navigate().GoToUrl("http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk");
    Console.Write("Check if Music drop down is there in Main Navigation bar");

    //build and perform the mouseOver (Hover) with Advanced User Interactions API
    IWebElement HomeLink = driver.FindElement(By.XPath("//*[@id='home']"));
    IWebElement MusicLink = driver.FindElement(By.XPath("//*[@id='music']"));  
    IWebElement SportsLink = driver.FindElement(By.XPath("//*[@id='sports']"));
    IWebElement ArtsLink = driver.FindElement(By.XPath("//*[@id='arts']"));
    IWebElement FamilyLink = driver.FindElement(By.XPath("//*[@id='family']"));

            Actions builder  = new Actions(driver);//simply my webdriver

            builder.MoveToElement(HomeLink).Build().Perform();   //home links
            Thread.Sleep(1000);
            builder.MoveToElement(SportsLink).Build().Perform();   //sports links
            Thread.Sleep(1000);
            builder.MoveToElement(FamilyLink).Build().Perform();   //family links
            Thread.Sleep(1000);
            builder.MoveToElement(MusicLink).Build().Perform();   //music links
        }
    }
}

Enjoy!

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