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# Finding elements by attribute in Beautiful Soup

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To find elements by attribute in Beautiful Soup, us the `select(~)` method or the `find_all(~)` method.

Consider the following HTML document:

``` my_html = """   <html>       <p gender="male">Alex</p>          <p gender="male">Bob</p>       <p gender="female">Cathy</p>   </html>"""soup = BeautifulSoup(my_html) ```

# Elements that contain an attribute

To find elements that contain the attribute `"gender"`:

``` for el in soup.select("[gender]"): print(el) <p gender="male">Alex</p><p gender="male">Bob</p><p gender="female">Cathy</p> ```

Note that the square bracket in CSS denotes attributes.

# Elements with an attribute value

To find elements that have value `"male"` for the `"gender"` attribute:

``` for el in soup.select("[gender='male']"): print(el) <p gender="male">Alex</p><p gender="male">Bob</p> ```

Equivalently, you could also use the `find_all(~)` method for this:

``` for el in soup.find_all(attrs={"gender": "male"}): print(el) <p gender="male">Alex</p><p gender="male">Bob</p> ```
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