I have made a project on GitHub, where you can reproduce the insident.
OS: Mac OS 10.13.6 High Siearra
Katalon Studio: version 5.7.1
- git clone this project or download ZIP form the relases page.
- open the project with Katalon Studio v5.7.0 or higher.
- open Test Caset/TC1 and execute it. The source is as follows:
import static com.kms.katalon.core.testobject.ObjectRepository.findTestObjectimport com.kms.katalon.core.webui.keyword.WebUiBuiltInKeywords as WebUIWebUI.openBrowser('')WebUI.navigateToUrl('http://www.angularjshub.com/examples/forms/textinputs/')WebUI.verifyElementPresent(findTestObject('Object Repository/Page_AngularJS Hub Text Inputs/iframe_Example_exampleIFrame'), 10)WebUI.closeBrowser()
The test case will fail with the following message:
The test case should pass.
The test case fails.
Unable to verify object 'Object Repository/Page_AngularJS Hub Text Inputs/iframe_Example_exampleIFrame' is present (Root cause: java.lang.IllegalArgumentException: Cannot find elements when the XPath expression is null.)
The Test Object ‘Object Repository/Page_AngularJS Hub Text Inputs/iframe_Example_exampleIFrame’ was generated by the Spy Web. It has Selection Method:
XPath, and it seems to have a valid Selector:
But the message is saying that *‘the XPath is null’. This is the point I am curious about.
I did 2 experiments.
I changed manually the Test Object to have Selection Method:
Attributes and set Selector by tag and id:
//iframe[@id = 'exampleIFrame'].
When I ran the
Test Cases/TC1, it PASSED.
After this fist experiment, I changed mannually the Test Object to have Selection Method:
XPath. It got a valid selector:
//iframe[@id='exampleIFrame']. This is just the same as the one generated by Spy Web. When I ran the
Test Cases/TC1, it PASSED.
Once passed, the
Test Cases/TC1 will PASS forever. The only way to make it FAIL again is to clone the project from the GitHub repository and start fron scratch.
I believe there is a small bug in Katalon Studion 5.7.
I believe that the message “Cannot find elements when XPath expression is null” started appearing since 5.7.0 which changed the specificaiton of Test Object: Selection method – XPath, Attributes, CSS
I think that the Test Object was generated by Spy Web in a internal state somewhat incomplete, which caused the message Cannot find elements when XPath expression is null comes up. I manually edited the Test Object — this operation seems to change the internal state, and hides the problem.
I guess that upgrading old version Katalon Studio to newer version (>=5.7.0) causes similar problem.
In the Katalon Forum I have seen a few posts reporting the same message.