How to type some text in hidden field in Selenium WebDriver using Java

I am using WebDriver with Java for test automation. I have the following HTML code for input field which is hidden:

<input type="hidden" value="" name="body" id=":6b">

How to type something in hidden field in Selenium2 (WebDriver)? I have written code as:

driver.findElement("body")).sendKeys("test body");

But it was shown the following error: org.openqa.selenium.ElementNotVisibleException: Element is not currently visible and so may not be interacted with Command duration or timeout: 30.04 seconds

Can anybody please help me to write/type some text in hidden field?


First of all you have to change the value of type attribute as text from hidden. The following code using javascript would work for that:

jse.executeScript("document.getElementsByName('body')[0].setAttribute('type', 'text');");

Now, you are able to type on that text by using WebDriver. So, the overall code for typing in a hidden field with WebDriver using Java and Javascript as follows:

WebDriver driver = new FirefoxDriver();
JavascriptExecutor jse = (JavascriptExecutor)driver;
jse.executeScript("document.getElementsByName('body')[0].setAttribute('type', 'text');");
driver.findElement(By.xpath("//input[@name='body']")).sendKeys("Ripon: body text");

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