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Finding all links in Beautiful Soup

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To find all links (i.e. elements with the a tag) in Beautiful Soup, use the find_all method.

Example

Just as an example consider the following HTML document:

my_html = """
   <html>
      <a href="www.abc.com">Site A</a>
      <a href="www.def.com">Site B</a>
      <a>Site C</a>
   </html>
"""

soup = BeautifulSoup(my_html)

Use the find_all(tag_name) like so:

for a in soup.find_all("a"):
print(a)
<a href="www.abc.com">Site A</a>
<a href="www.def.com">Site B</a>
<a>Site C</a>

If you want valid links that contain an url, specify href=True:

for a in soup.find_all("a", href=True):
   print(a)
<a href="www.abc.com">Site A</a>
<a href="www.def.com">Site B</a>

Notice how Site C was omitted since it does not contain the href attribute.

To just extract the URLs:

for a in soup.find_all('a', href=True):
print(a['href'])
www.abc.com
www.def.com
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