Interact with the page

There are multiple ways to interact with the current page. We have tried to add the most common ways so you don't need to use Selenium directly, and if yoiu think something is missing, please create an issue.

Finding elements

One of the key things in your script is to be able to find the right element to invoke. If the element has an id it’s easy. If not you can use developer tools in your favourite browser. The all work mostly the same: Open DevTools in the page you want to inspect, click on the element and right click on DevTools for that element. Then you will see something like this:

Using Safari to find the CSS Selector to the element

Using Safari to find the selector

Using Firefox to find the CSS Selector to the element

Using Firefox to find the selector{

Using Chrome to find the CSS Selector to the element

Using Chrome to find the selector

Using Actions

Since Browsertime 21.0.0 we support easier access to the Selenium Action API. That makes easier to interact with the page and you can also chain commands. You can checkout the Selenium NodeJS Action API to see more what you can do.

Here's an example doing search on Wikipedia:

 * @param {import('browsertime').BrowsertimeContext} context
 * @param {import('browsertime').BrowsertimeCommands} commands
export default async function (context, commands) {
  await commands.measure.start('');
  const searchBox = await commands.element.getById('searchInput');
  const submitButton = await commands.element.getByClassName(
    'pure-button pure-button-primary-progressive'

  await commands.measure.start('Search');
  await commands.action
    .move({ origin: searchBox })

  // If you would do more actions after calling .perform()
  // you manually need to clear the action API
  //await commands.action.clear();

  await commands.wait.byPageToComplete();
  return commands.measure.stop();


You can run your own JavaScript in the browser from your script. This is powerful because that makes it possible to do whatever you want :)


Run JavaScript. Will throw an error if the JavaScript fails.

If you want to get values from the page, this is your best friend. Make sure to return the value and you can use it in your script.

 * @param {import('browsertime').BrowsertimeContext} context
 * @param {import('browsertime').BrowsertimeCommands} commands
export default async function (context, commands) {
  // We are in browsertime context so you can skip that from your options object
  const secretValue = await'return 12');
  // if secretValue === 12 ...

By default this will return a Selenium WebElement.

Run and wait on page

Run JavaScript and wait for page complete check. Do that with commands.js.runAndWait("").


The click command finds an element and runs .click() on the element.

Click commands have two different versions: One that will return a promise when the link has been clicked and one that will return a promise that will be fullfilled when the link has been clicked and the browser navigated to the new URL and the page complete check is done.

If it does not find the link, it will throw an error, so make sure to catch it if you want an alternative flow.

 * @param {import('browsertime').BrowsertimeContext} context
 * @param {import('browsertime').BrowsertimeCommands} commands
export default async function (context, commands) {
  await commands.navigate('');
  try {
  } catch(error) {
    context.log.error('Could not find the link text "Documentation"', error);

All click commands

You can find all the click commands here.


There are a couple of wait commands that makes it easier to wait. Either you can wait on a specific id to appear, for x amount of milliseconds or for a page to finish loading.


The mouse command will perform various mouse events using the Seleniums Action API.


The mouse move commands.

Single click

The single click commands.

Double click

The double click commands.

Context click

The context click commands.

Click and hold

The click and hold commands.


You can use scroll commands to scroll the browser window.

 * @param {import('browsertime').BrowsertimeContext} context
 * @param {import('browsertime').BrowsertimeCommands} commands
export default async function (context, commands) {
  const delayTime = 250;

  await commands.measure.start();
  await commands.navigate(
  await  commands.scroll.toBottom(delayTime);
  return commands.measure.stop();

Add text

You can add text to input elements. The element needs to visible. You can also send pressable keys as Unicode PUA (PrivateUser Area) format.

The add text command.


You can switch to frames/windows or tabs using the the switch commands.


Using the set commands you can set values to HTML elements.


You can use the select command for selecting an option in a drop-down field.

Alert boxes

If you need to click on an alert box, the best way is to use Selenium directly. Here's an example on how to accept an alert box.

await context.selenium.driver.switchTo().alert().accept();