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# Beautiful Soup | next_sibling property

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In Beautiful Soup, the `next_sibling` property of a tag or a string returns the next tag or string under the same parent.

# Examples

## Basic usage

Consider the following HTML document:

``` my_html = "<p><b>Alex</b><i>is great</i></p>"soup = BeautifulSoup(my_html) ```

Let's get the `next_sibling` of `<b>Alex</b>`:

``` b_alex = soup.find("b")b_alex.next_sibling <i>is great</i> ```

This tell us that the next node of `<b>Alex</b>` is `<i>is great</i>`, which we know is true since `<i>is great</i>` is the next element under the same `p` tag.

If the next node does not exist, then a `None` is returned:

``` b_alex = soup.find("b")b_alex.next_sibling.next_sibling None ```

## Unexpected behaviour

Consider the following HTML document:

``` my_html = """    <div>       <p>Alex</p>       <p>Bob</p>    </div>"""soup = BeautifulSoup(my_html) ```

Let's get the `next_sibling` of `<p>Alex</p>`:

``` p_alex = soup.find("p")p_alex.next_sibling '\n' ```

The result may be surprising for those who expected to see `<p>Bob</p>`. Such a result arises because there is a new line character `\n` between `<p>Alex</p>` and `<p>Bob</p>`. To get to Bob, then, you would need to call the `next_sibling` twice:

``` p_alex = soup.find("p")p_alex.next_sibling.next_sibling <p>Bob</p> ```

If you just wanted to access the next sibling element, then the better alternative would be to call the `find_next_sibling()` method:

``` p_alex = soup.find("p")p_alex.find_next_sibling() <p>Bob</p> ```
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