How To Parse Html In Python

Parsing HTML in Python may seem like a daunting task, but fortunately, there are libraries available that make it quite simple. In this blog post, we will explore how you can parse HTML using the popular Python library BeautifulSoup.

Getting Started

First, you need to install BeautifulSoup. You can do this using pip, which is Python’s package manager. Open a command prompt or terminal and run the following command:

    pip install beautifulsoup4

BeautifulSoup also requires a parser to work with. For this tutorial, we will use the lxml parser. It’s faster and more versatile than the built-in Python parser. To install lxml, run the following command:

    pip install lxml

Parsing HTML with BeautifulSoup

With BeautifulSoup and lxml installed, we can start parsing HTML. First, let’s import the necessary libraries:

from bs4 import BeautifulSoup
import requests

Next, let’s say we want to parse the contents of a webpage. To do this, we first need to fetch the webpage’s HTML content using the requests library. For this example, let’s fetch the HTML content of a simple example website:

url = ""
response = requests.get(url)
html_content = response.content

Now that we have the HTML content, we can pass it to BeautifulSoup for parsing:

soup = BeautifulSoup(html_content, "lxml")

With the HTML content loaded into BeautifulSoup, we can now start parsing and extracting information from it using various methods.

Extracting Information from HTML

Let’s say we want to extract all the text within paragraph tags (<p>). We can do this using the find_all method:

paragraphs = soup.find_all("p")

for paragraph in paragraphs:

Similarly, if we want to find all the links within anchor tags (<a>), we can use the find_all method and extract the href attribute from each tag:

links = soup.find_all("a")

for link in links:

BeautifulSoup provides many methods and filters for parsing and extracting information from HTML content. You can find more details in the official documentation.


In this blog post, we learned how to parse HTML using the BeautifulSoup library in Python. We also saw how to extract information from HTML content using various methods. BeautifulSoup makes it easy to work with HTML content in Python and is an essential tool for web scraping and data extraction tasks.