How to open a URL in new tab using Selenium Webdriver?

Sometimes, we have to open a URL or link in a new tab but in the same window. This post will look at how we can open a new URL or a link in the same tab using Selenium Webdriver in Java.

We will talk about two versions of selenium and how we achieve this in those two versions using a few easy steps.

Let’s look at them one by one.

Open a URL in a new tab using selenium 4

We will use the selenium 4.1.1 version.

		<!-- https://mvnrepository.com/artifact/org.seleniumhq.selenium/selenium-java -->
		<dependency>
			<groupId>org.seleniumhq.selenium</groupId>
			<artifactId>selenium-java</artifactId>
			<version>4.1.1</version>
		</dependency>

Selenium 4 introduced a new function, newWindow(), which makes it easier to open a new tab in the same window.

Below is the syntax to open a new tab using the newWindow() function

driver.switchTo().newWindow(WindowType.TAB);

So, we will first open the https://testkru.com/Elements/TextFields URL and then open the https://google.com/ in a new tab.

mport org.openqa.selenium.WebDriver;
import org.openqa.selenium.WindowType;
import org.openqa.selenium.chrome.ChromeDriver;
import org.testng.annotations.Test;

public class CodekruTest {

	@Test
	public void test() {

		// pass the path of the chromedriver location in the second argument
		System.setProperty("webdriver.chrome.driver", "E:\\chromedriver.exe");
		WebDriver driver = new ChromeDriver();

		// opening the url
		driver.get("https://testkru.com/Elements/TextFields");

		// opening a new tab
		driver.switchTo().newWindow(WindowType.TAB);
		
		// opening another url in the new tab
		driver.get("https://google.com/");
	}
}

The above code will open an URL in the new tab of the same window.

Open a URL in a new tab using selenium 3

selenium 3 doesn’t have the newWindow() function, so we have to do it differently.

We will use JavascriptExecutor to execute a javascript code that will open a link in the new tab, and the below code will do just that.

window.open("https://google.com", "_blank");

We only have to execute the above script using JavascriptExecutor in Selenium, which will open the URL in the new tab.

import org.openqa.selenium.JavascriptExecutor;
import org.openqa.selenium.WebDriver;
import org.openqa.selenium.chrome.ChromeDriver;
import org.testng.annotations.Test;

public class CodekruTest {

	@Test
	public void test() {

		// pass the path of the chromedriver location in the second argument
		System.setProperty("webdriver.chrome.driver", "E:\\chromedriver.exe");
		WebDriver driver = new ChromeDriver();

		// opening the url
		driver.get("https://testkru.com/Elements/TextFields");

		// opening the url in the new tab
		JavascriptExecutor jse = (JavascriptExecutor)driver;
		jse.executeScript("window.open(\"https://google.com\", \"_blank\");");
	}
}

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