Simple protractor test for isElementPresent failing with unsupported locator strategy

All we need is an easy explanation of the problem, so here it is.

My test:

it('should allow login', function() {


  var logout = $('#logout');

But this errors out with:

Error: Unsupported locator strategy: click
  at Error (<anonymous>)
  at Function.webdriver.Locator.createFromObj (/usr/local/lib/node_modules/protractor/node_modules/selenium-webdriver/lib/webdriver/locators.js:97:9)
  at Function.webdriver.Locator.checkLocator (/usr/local/lib/node_modules/protractor/node_modules/selenium-webdriver/lib/webdriver/locators.js:111:33)
  at webdriver.WebDriver.findElements (/usr/local/lib/node_modules/protractor/node_modules/selenium-webdriver/lib/webdriver/webdriver.js:805:31)
  at webdriver.WebDriver.isElementPresent (/usr/local/lib/node_modules/protractor/node_modules/selenium-webdriver/lib/webdriver/webdriver.js:787:29)
  at Protractor.isElementPresent (/usr/local/lib/node_modules/protractor/lib/protractor.js:476:22)
  at /Users/pschuegr/wt/client/e2e/login_test.js:26:15

Strangely, it points to the isElementPresent line, rather than the line with the click. I’m pretty new to webdriver, so apologies if I missed something obvious. I’m running using the mocha framework (which means the canary version of protractor), fwiw.

Any ideas appreciated.

How to solve :

I know you bored from this bug, So we are here to help you! Take a deep breath and look at the explanation of your problem. We have many solutions to this problem, But we recommend you to use the first method because it is tested & true method that will 100% work for you.

Method 1

Using the latest Protractor build, you can shorten the above answer to the following:


This way you do not have to perform the browser.wait and you reduce the number of calls to isElementPresent.

Method 2

$('#logout') is a WebElement. isElementPresent takes a locator, like by.css


var logout = by.css('#logout');
browser.wait(function() { return $p.isElementPresent(logout); }, 8000);

Method 3

The safest approach I would take is depicted in the following code snippet:

it('should return true when element is present', function () {
 var logout;
 logout = $('#logout');

  browser.driver.isElementPresent(logout).then(function (isPresent) {
    isPresent = (isPresent) ? true : browser.wait(function () {
      return browser.driver.isElementPresent(logout );
    }, 15000); //timeout after 15s 

Above code starts of with a promise to check if an element exists, and if true then assign it true, otherwise wait and keep pooling for the next 15sec to see if element is present, and in both cases we expect it to be true.

Method 4

This should work :

var logout = $('#logout');

Note: Use and implement method 1 because this method fully tested our system.
Thank you 🙂

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