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Beautiful Soup | new_tag method

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schedule Jul 1, 2022
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Beautiful Soup's new_tag(~) method creates a new tag that we can then insert into the parse tree.

Parameters

1 . tag namelink | string

The name of the tag.

2. attributelink | attribute | optional

An attribute for the new tag. Defaults to None.

Examples

Consider the following HTML document:

my_html = """
   <div>
      <p>Alex</p>
      <p id="bob">Bob</p>
      <p>Cathy</p>
   </div>
"""
soup = BeautifulSoup(my_html)

Tag name

To create a new tag:

# Create a new tag and initialise it's content
new_tag = soup.new_tag("p")
new_tag.string = "Eric"

To append it to the existing "Bob" tag:

bob_tag = soup.find("p", {"class": "Bob"})
bob_tag.append(new_tag)
print(soup.find("div"))
<div>
<p id="alex">Alex</p>
<p class="Bob">Bob<p>Eric</p></p>
<p id="cathy">Cathy</p>
</div>

To insert the new tag before the "Bob" tag:

bob_tag = soup.find("p", {"class": "Bob"})
bob_tag.insert_before(new_tag)
print(soup.find("div"))
<div>
<p id="alex">Alex</p>
<p>Eric</p><p class="Bob">Bob</p>
<p id="cathy">Cathy</p>
</div>

To insert the new tag after the "Bob" tag:

bob_tag = soup.find("p", {"class": "Bob"})
bob_tag.insert_after(new_tag)
print(soup.find("div"))
<div>
<p id="alex">Alex</p>
<p class="Bob">Bob</p><p>Eric</p>
<p id="cathy">Cathy</p>
</div>

Attribute

To create a new "a" tag with href attribute:

# Create a new tag and initialise it's content
new_tag = soup.new_tag("a", href="http://www.skytowner.com")
new_tag.string = "Sky Towner"
print(new_tag)
<a href="http://www.skytowner.com">Sky Towner</a>
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