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Getting all parent tags of a tag in Beautiful Soup

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To get all parent tags of a tag in Beautiful Soup, use the Tag.parents property, which returns a generator for iterating over the parent tags.

Example

Consider the following HTML document:

my_html = """
   <div id="people">
      <div id="profile">
         <p>Alex</p>
      </div>
   </div>
"""
soup = BeautifulSoup(my_html)

To print the id of the parent elements of <p>Alex</p>:

p_tag = soup.find("p")
for parent in p_tag.parents:
   if parent.has_attr("id"):
      print(parent["id"])
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people

Notice how we had to first check whether the parent tag contains the id attribute. Beautiful Soup's top-most level element does not contain the id attribute, so without this check, an error will be thrown.

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