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Finding elements that are direct descendants in Beautiful Soup

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To find elements that are direct descendants in Beautiful Soup, use the find_all(~) method, passing through recursive=False.

Consider the following HTML document:

my_html = """
   <div id="people">
      <p>Alex</p>
      <div>
         <p>Bob</p>
         <p>Cathy</p>
      </div>
   <div>
"""

soup = BeautifulSoup(my_html)

By default, the find_all(~) method looks for matches recursively:

for el in soup.find(id="people").find_all("p"):
   print(el)
<p>Alex</p>
<p>Bob</p>
<p>Cathy</p>

To look for matches that are direct descendants only, set recursive=False, like so:

for el in soup.find(id="people").find_all("p", recursive=False):
   print(el)
<p>Alex</p>

Here, there is only one element with the p tag that is directly under the <div id="people">~</div>.

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