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Beautiful Soup | next_siblings property

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In Beautiful Soup, the next_siblings property of a tag or a string returns a generator used to iterate over all the subsequent tags and strings under the same parent.

Examples

Consider the following HTML document:

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

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

p_alex = soup.find("p")
for s in p_alex.next_siblings:
   print(repr(s))
'\n'
<p>Bob</p>
'\n'
<p>Cathy</p>
'\n'

Here, we've used the repr(~) method to escape the newline character so that you can explicitly see '\n' instead of an empty line. To break this down, the next_sibling of <p>Alex</p> is a newline character, which might 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>.

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

p_alex = soup.find("p")
for s in p_alex.find_next_siblings():
   print(repr(s))
<p>Bob</p>
<p>Cathy</p>
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