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If you want to open a new tab in the browser with Selenium WebDriver and Java, below we’ve listed some working examples. Have in mind that at the moment, Selenium WebDriver has no build-in ability to open new tabs or new windows, and because of this we have to force the browser to open the links in new tabs or in new windows. This may be implemented in a later version of Selenium WebDriver.

1. Open an existent link a a new tab using Selenium WebDriver and Actions

More details on how to locate web elements with Selenium WebDriver.


//identify the link in the page, that you want to open in a new tab of your browser's instance
WebElement link = driver.findElement(By.cssSelector(linkLocator));

//this action will click the WebElement with the link identified above, hold CONTROL Key (or COMMAND if you're using Mac), click the WebElement and relese the Keys.CONTROL (use Keys.COMMAND if you're using Mac).
new Actions(driver)
.keyDown(Keys.COMMAND)
.click(link)
.keyUp(Keys.COMMAND)
.build()
.perform();

The code above works in all browsers.

2. Open an existent link a a new tab using Selenium WebDriver with CONTROL/COMMAND Key and T

There is also another option that may not work in Chrome browsers at the moment because of a limitation in the way keyboard inputs are simulated in ChromeDriver. Keys are sent directly to the render process, so any keyboard shortcut in the browser process will not be invoked by sendKeys() method.

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