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# Beautiful Soup | find_next method

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Beautiful Soup's `find_next(~)` method returns the first tag that comes after the current tag in the document. This method takes in the exact same parameters as `find(~)`, which we document here in detail.

# Examples

## Basic usage

Consider the following HTML document:

``` my_html = """    <p id="alex">Alex</p>    <p>Bob</p>    <p id="cathy">Cathy</p>"""soup = BeautifulSoup(my_html, "html.parser") ```

To find all tags that come after Alex's tag:

``` p = soup.find(id="alex")p.find_next() <p>Bob</p> ```

To find the next tag with `id="cathy"` after Alex's tag:

``` p = soup.find(id="alex")p.find_next(id="cathy") <p id="cathy">Cathy</p> ```

## Case when parent is not shared

A common source of confusion is when we have the following HTML document:

``` my_html = """   <div>      <p id="alex">Alex</p>   </div>   <p>Bob</p>"""soup = BeautifulSoup(my_html, "html.parser") ```

Here, Bob's tag does not share the same parent as Alex's tag. Calling `find_next(~)` on Alex's tag yields:

``` p = soup.find(id="alex")p.find_next() <p>Bob</p> ```

Notice how `find_next(~)` returns a tag that comes after the current tag in the HTML document.

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