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Extracting text that is directly under an element in Beautiful Soup

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Text Extraction Cookbook
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To extract text that is directly under an element in Beautiful Soup use the find_all(text=True, recursive=False) method.

Consider the following HTML document:

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

To extract the all text directly under the div tag:

div_tag = soup.find("div")
div_tag.find_all(text=True, recursive=False)
['Alex', 'Cathy']

Here, note the following:

  • The text=True means to look for text instead of elements.

  • The recursive=False means to only search directly under the element. This is why the text "Bob" is not returned.

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