Writing the locators and properties of all recognized controls to a file in Silk4J

Writing the locators and properties of all recognized controls to a file in Silk4J

The following example Java method will retrieve a list of all the controls that the Open Agent can recognize and then iterate through each control in the list to generate:

  • the controls locator
  • the property list for each control
  • the values of each property in the said property list

The code to perform the above is as follows:

public static void printAllLocatorsAndProps(String sFile){
     List<TestObject> allWins = desktop.findAll("//*");
          FileWriter fsStream = new FileWriter(sFile);
          BufferedWriter out = new BufferedWriter(fsStream);

          for(int i=0; i<allWins.size(); i++){
               List<String> props = allWins.get(i).getPropertyList();

               for(int p=0; p<props.size(); p++){
                        out.write(" "+props.get(p)+":"+allWins.get(i).getProperty(props.get(p)));out.newLine();
                   catch(Exception e){
                        out.write(" "+props.get(p)+": Not Supported");out.newLine();

     catch(Exception e){

The above method accepts a String argument that should represent the file to which the locators and properties should be written. For example, the above method could be called in the following fashion:


With the output written in the following format:

     Application: C:\Program Files (x86)\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe
     Background: (red: 255, green: 255, blue: 255, alpha: 255)
     browsertype: Internet Explorer
     caption: Google
     Enabled: true
     Font: System
     Foreground: (red: 0, green: 0, blue: 0, alpha: 255)
     NativeHandle: 4133296
     Text: Google - Windows Internet Explorer
     Value: Google - Windows Internet Explorer
     Visible: true
     windowClassName: IEFrame
     WindowState: 2


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