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Finding elements by attribute in Beautiful Soup

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To find elements by attribute in Beautiful Soup, us the select(~) method or the find_all(~) method.

Consider the following HTML document:

my_html = """
   <html>
      <p gender="male">Alex</p>
          <p gender="male">Bob</p>
      <p gender="female">Cathy</p>
   </html>
"""

soup = BeautifulSoup(my_html)

Elements that contain an attribute

To find elements that contain the attribute "gender":

for el in soup.select("[gender]"):
print(el)
<p gender="male">Alex</p>
<p gender="male">Bob</p>
<p gender="female">Cathy</p>

Note that the square bracket in CSS denotes attributes.

Elements with an attribute value

To find elements that have value "male" for the "gender" attribute:

for el in soup.select("[gender='male']"):
print(el)
<p gender="male">Alex</p>
<p gender="male">Bob</p>

Equivalently, you could also use the find_all(~) method for this:

for el in soup.find_all(attrs={"gender": "male"}):
print(el)
<p gender="male">Alex</p>
<p gender="male">Bob</p>
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