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# Finding elements by class in Beautiful Soup

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To find elements by class in Beautiful Soup use the `find_all(~)` or `select(~)` method.

Consider the following HTML document:

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

# Single class

To find all elements that contain a class of `"male"`:

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

To find all `p` tags that contain a class of `"male"`:

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

# Multiple classes

## Or selector

To find all elements that have the class `"male"` or `"female"`:

``` soup.find_all(attrs={"class": ["male","female"]}) <p class="male">Alex</p><p class="male">Bob</p><p class="female student">Cathy</p> ```

## And selector

To find all elements that have both classes `"female"` and `"student"`:

``` soup.select(".female.student") [<p class="female student">Cathy</p>] ```

Here, we've used the `select` method instead of the `find_all` method. Note that the `.` syntax denotes a class.

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