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# Beautiful Soup Tag | descendants property

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The `Tag.descendants` property in Beautiful Soup returns a generator used to iterate over the all child elements and text nodes (i.e. Navigable String).

# Examples

Consider the following HTML document:

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

To iterate over all the child elements and text nodes:

``` for child in soup.find("div").descendants:   print(child) <p>Alex</p>Alex <p>Bob</p>Bob ```

The awkward spacing is caused by the fact that text nodes, which are line breaks (i.e. `"\n"`) in this case, are also iterated over.

Most of the time, you just want the elements without the text nodes. You can do this using the `find_all(~)` method:

``` soup.find("div").find_all() [<p>Alex</p>, <p>Bob</p>, <p>Cathy</p>] ```

Notice how text nodes are excluded.

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