August 24th, 2014

Copy DropDownList Data from a Website: Chrome Developer Tools/Firebug Tip

I was reviewing my old posts and found the post written approx 3 years ago. It uses Notepad++ to copy or extract HTML drop-down list options in plain text. I decided to do it WITHOUT Notepad++ because generally, people don’t have it.


I am using Firebug in Firefox for this tutorial, but the same steps can be applied with Chrome developer tools.

1. Open website, right click on drop-down list and click “Inspect element in Firebug“.
2. Right click on selected element in Firebug and “Copy XPath
3. Open Console tab in Firebug and put following script:

var obj = $x('xpath here' + '/option');
for(var i=0;i<obj.length;i++){

4. Replace “xpath here” with copied xpath. (Don’t remove single quote)
5. Click ‘Run‘ to execute script.
6. you will get the data in result, select and copy it.


Hope, It saves your bunch of time.

  • Great answer, worked for me. Thanks! You wouldn’t by any chance know of a tool that enables this functionality for repetitive workflows (lots of select dropdowns with just a few option items in each), so you could just right-click in the interface and have the elements made available in the copy buffer?

  • Thank you. This was a huge time saver.