Selenium does not load <li> inside <ul> inside <div>


I am new to Selenium, Python, and programming in general but I am trying to write a small web scraper. I have encountered a website that has multiple links but their HTML code is not available for me using

soup = bs4.BeautifulSoup(html, "lxml")

The HTML-Code is:

<div class="content">
    <div class="vertical_page_list is-detailed">
        <div infinite-nodes="true" up-data="{"next":1,"url":"/de/pressemitteilungen?container_contenxt=lg%2C1.0"}">[event]
            <ul class="has-no-bottom-margin list-unstyled infinite-nodes--list">
                <li class="vertical-page-list--item is-detailed infite-nodes--list-item" style="display: list-item;">
                <li class="...>

But soup only contains this part, missing the li classes:

<div class="content">
    <div class="vertical_page_list is-detailed">
        <div infinite-nodes="true" up-data="{"next":1,"url":"/de/pressemitteilungen?container_contenxt=lg%2C1.0"}">
            <ul class="has-no-bottom-margin list-unstyled infinite-nodes--list">

It has somthing to do with the [event] after the div but I can’t figure out what to do. My guess was that it is some lazy-loaded code but using

driver.execute_script("window.scrollTo(0, document.body.scrollHeight);")

or directly moving to the element

actions = ActionChains(driver)

did not yield any results. This is the code I am using:

# Enable headless firefox for Serenium
options = Options()
#options.headless = True
options.page_load_strategy = 'normal'
driver = webdriver.Firefox(options=options, executable_path=r'C:\bin\geckodriver.exe')
print ("Headless Firefox Initialized")

# Load html source code from webpage
driver = webdriver.PhantomJS(executable_path=r'C:\phantomjs\phantomjs-2.1.1-windows\bin\phantomjs.exe')


# Scroll down to bottom
driver.execute_script("window.scrollTo(0, document.body.scrollHeight);")

# Wait to load page
print("Scrolled down to bottom")

# Extract html code
driver.find_element_by_xpath("//div['infinite-nodes=']").click() #just testing
html = driver.page_source.encode('utf-8')
soup = bs4.BeautifulSoup(html, "lxml")

Could anyone help me please?


When you visit the page in a browser, and log your network traffic, every time the page loads (or you press the Mehr Pressemitteilungen anzeigen button) an XHR (XmlHttpRequest) request is made to some kind of API(?) – the response of which is JSON, which also contains HTML. It’s this HTML that contains the list-item elements you’re looking for. You don’t need selenium for this:

def get_article_titles():
    import requests
    from bs4 import BeautifulSoup as Soup

    url = ""

    params = {
        "container_context": "lg,1.0",
        "next": "1"

    headers = {
        "accept": "application/json",
        "accept-encoding": "gzip, deflate",
        "user-agent": "Mozilla/5.0",
        "x-requested-with": "XMLHttpRequest"

    while True:

        response = requests.get(url, params=params, headers=headers)

        data = response.json()
        params["next"] = data["next"]
        soup = Soup(data["html"], "html.parser")

        for tag in" > a"):
            yield tag.get_text().strip()

def main():
    from itertools import islice

    for num, title in enumerate(islice(get_article_titles(), 10), start=1):
        print("{}.) {}".format(num, title))
    return 0

if __name__ == "__main__":
    import sys


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Answered By – Paul M.

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