how to use regular expression in selenium ide?

Patterns are really helpful toolbox for Selenium tests. Many commands in Selenium take the pattern parameter. Like locators, patterns are a type of parameter frequently required by Selenese commands. Examples of commands which require patterns are verifyTextPresentverifyTitleverifyAlert,assertConfirmationverifyText, and verifyPrompt. They enable you to match various content types on a web page – (a) Links (b) elements (c) text. There are chiefly three type of patterns you can use in your tests: globsexact and regular expressions.

  • glob:pattern:Match a string against a “glob” (aka “wildmat”) pattern. “Glob” is akind of limited regular-expression syntax typically used in command-lineshells. In a glob pattern, “*” represents any sequence of characters, and “?”represents any single character. Glob patterns match against the entire string.

We will try following Selenese commands on using different text pattern.

verifyTitle Gmail: Email from Google glob:Gmail:*Google
verifyTextPresent Can’t access your account? glob:Can’t acc*ur account?
verifyText Lots of space glob:Lot*ace

Matching Text Patterns

  • regexp:regexp:Match a string using a regular-expression. The full power of JavaScript regular-expressions is available.
Regular Expression Pattern website field
Username Regular Expression Pattern regexp:^[a-z0-9_-]{3,15}$ Username
Password Regular Expression Pattern regexp:((?=.*\d)(?=.*[a-z])(?=.*[A-Z])(?=.*[@#$%]).{6,20}) Username
Email Regular Expression Pattern regexp:^[_A-Za-z0-9-\\+]+(\\.[_A-Za-z0-9-]+)*@[A-Za-z0-9-]+(\\.[A-Za-z0-9]+)*(\\.[A-Za-z]{2,})$ Username
generic email address regexpi:^[A-Z0-9+_.-]+@[A-Z0-9.-]+$ Username
match a date in ‘mm/dd/yyyy’ format with any of the ‘-’, ‘/’, ‘.’ as separators. regexp:(0[1-9]|1[012])[- /.](0[1-9]|[12][0-9]|3[01])[- /.](19|20)\d\d Username
Date Format (dd/mm/yyyy) regexp:(0?[1-9]|[12][0-9]|3[01])/(0?[1-9]|1[012])/((19|20)\\d\\d) Username


Regular Expression Patterns


  • exact:string:Match a string exactly, verbatim, without any of that fancy wildcardstuff.
verifyTitle Gmail: Email from Google exact:Gmail: Email from Google
verifyTextPresent Can’t access your account? exact:Can’t access your account?
verifyText Lots of space exact:Lots of space


Exact Patterns




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