Protractor: element.getText() returns an object and not String

I have an element defined as

this.clientRowName = element(by.id('CLIENT_NAME')); //page object file

I want to read the text in this element which is "ABC" but doing: var client = page.clientRowName.getText();

returns an object instead of a string. Is there any other way that I can get the text for the element

Answers:

Answer

Another solution may be to use async/await.

class Page {
  constructor() {
    this.clientRowName = $('#CLIENT_NAME');
  }
}

/****************/

it('should console.log client name', async () => {
  const client = await Page.clientRowName.getText();
  console.log(client);
});
Answer

I usually used element.getAttribute('value')

Answer

getText() returns a promise, you need to resolve it:

page.clientRowName.getText().then(function (text) {
    console.log(text);
});

Or, if you just want to assert the text, let expect() resolve the promise for you:

expect(page.clientRowName.getText()).toEqual("ABC");

Promises and the Control Flow documentation page should clear things up.

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