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# Finding elements by id in Beautiful Soup

schedule Aug 12, 2023
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To extract elements by id in Beautiful Soup:

Just as an example, consider the following HTML document:

``` my_html = """   <p id="person_one">Alex</p>   <p id="person_two">Bob</p>   <p id="person_three">Cathy</p>"""soup = BeautifulSoup(my_html) ```

# Find method

To extract the element with an `id` of `"person_two"` using the `find` method:

``` soup.find_all(id="person_two") [<p id="person_two">Bob</p>] ```

Note that typically the ids of the elements are unique, so you might prefer to use `soup.find(~)` instead:

``` soup.find(id="person_two") <p id="person_two">Bob</p> ```

# Select method

To extract the element with an `id` of `"person_two"` using the `select(~)` method:

``` soup.select("#person_two") [<p id="person_two">Bob</p>] ```

A couple of things to note here:

• make sure to prepend the `#` character before the `id` name

• the returned type is always a list

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