Python regex AttributeError: ‘NoneType’ object has no attribute ‘group’

I use Regex to retrieve certain content from a search box on a webpage with selenium.webDriver.

searchbox = driver.find_element_by_class_name("searchbox")
searchbox_result = re.match(r"^.*(?=(())", searchbox).group()

The code works as long as the search box returns results that match the Regex. But if the search box replies with the string "No results" I get error:

AttributeError: ‘NoneType’ object has no attribute ‘group’

How can I make the script handle the "No results" situation?

2 Answers

I managed to figure out this solution, it had to do with neglecting group() for the situation where the searchbox reply is "No results" and thus doesn’t match the Regex.

try:
    searchbox_result = re.match("^.*(?=(())", searchbox.group()
except AttributeError:
    searchbox_result = re.match("^.*(?=(())", searchbox)

or simply:

try:
    searchbox_result = re.match("^.*(?=(())", searchbox.group()
except:
    searchbox_result = None

When you do

re.match("^.*(?=(())", search_result.text)

then if no match was found, None will be returned:

Return None if the string does not match the pattern; note that this is different from a zero-length match.

You should check that you got a result before you apply group on it:

res = re.match("^.*(?=(())", search_result.text)
if res:
    # ...

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