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Checking if a tag contains any child elements in Beautiful Soup

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To check if a tag contains any child elements, fetch the list of all child elements using the Tag.find_all() method, and then test whether or not its size is zero.

Example

Consider the following HTML document:

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

To check if <p>Alex</p> has any child elements:

tag_alex = soup.find("p")
has_child = len(tag_alex.find_all()) != 0
print(has_child)
False

To check if the <div>~</div> tag has any child elements:

tag_div = soup.find("div")
has_child = len(tag_div.find_all()) != 0
print(has_child)
True
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