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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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