As an example of how this ( IDebugSettings#setOutputComponentPath(true) ) functionality can be used, a small HOWTO for the Selenium IDE.

Create a folder "wicketPathLocatorBuilder" with the file "user-extension.js.wicketPathLocatorBuilder". Paste the following snipped in this file.

LocatorBuilders.add('wicketpath', function(e) {
        this.log.debug("wicketpath: e=" + e);
        if (e.attributes && e.hasAttribute("wicketpath")) {
  "found attribute " + e.getAttribute("wicketpath"));
            return "//" + this.xpathHtmlElement(e.nodeName.toLowerCase()) +
                "[@wicketpath=" + this.attributeValue(e.getAttribute("wicketpath")) + "]";
        return null;


Install the Selenium IDE plugin for Firefox from .

Open the Selenium IDE, go to menu Options -> Options. In the Selenium Core extensions input field, paste the path to the earlier created folder "wicketPathLocatorBuilder". Restart firefox.

You can now record tests by clicking and/or right-clicking to insert additional commands. By default, the wicketpath attribute is used to generate an element locator.

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