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Beautiful Soup | find_parents method

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schedule Jul 1, 2022
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Beautiful Soup's find_parents(~) method works its way up the parse tree and finds the parents of a particular tag or string.

Parameters

1. namelink | string | optional

The name of the tag to return.

2. attrs | string | optional

The tag attribute to filter for.

3. string | string | optional

The string to search for (rather than tag).

4. limitlink | number | optional

The number of elements to return. Defaults to all matching.

Examples

Consider the following HTML document:

my_html = """
<div>
    <p id="alex">Alex</p>
    <p class="Bob">Bob</p>
    <p id="cathy">Cathy</p>
</div>
"""
soup = BeautifulSoup(my_html, "html.parser")

Name parameter

To retrieve "div" parent tags of the string "Bob":

bob_string = soup.find(string="Bob")
bob_string.find_parents("div")
[<div>
<p id="alex">Alex</p>
<p class="Bob">Bob</p>
<p id="cathy">Cathy</p>
</div>]

Limit parameter

To limit the number of parents returned to 1 for the string "Bob":

bob_string = soup.find(string="Bob")
bob_string.find_parents(limit=1)
[<p class="Bob">Bob</p>]
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