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Beautiful Soup Tag | contents property

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schedule Jul 1, 2022
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The Tag.contents property in Beautiful Soup returns a list that contains all the immediate child elements and text nodes (i.e. Navigable String).

Examples

Consider the following HTML document:

my_html = """
   <div id="names">
      <p>Alex</p>
      <p>Bob</p>
      <p>Cathy</p>
   </div>
"""
soup = BeautifulSoup(my_html)

To get all the direct child elements and text nodes as a list:

soup.find("div").contents
['\n', <p>Alex</p>, '\n', <p>Bob</p>, '\n', <p>Cathy</p>, '\n']

Here, the text nodes are "\n", which represent a new line.

Most of the time, you just want the elements without the text nodes. You can do this using the find_all(~) method:

soup.find("div").find_all()
[<p>Alex</p>, <p>Bob</p>, <p>Cathy</p>]

Notice how text nodes are excluded.

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