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# Getting all child nodes in Beautiful Soup

schedule Aug 12, 2023
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To get all the child nodes of an element in Beautiful Soup, use the `find_all()` method.

# Example

Consider the following HTML document:

``` my_html = """    <div id="root">       <p>Alex</p>       <div>          <p>Bob</p>          <p>Cathy</p>       </div>    </div>"""soup = BeautifulSoup(my_html) ```

To get all the child nodes of the root `div`:

``` root_tag = soup.find(id="root")root_tag.find_all(recursive=True) [<p>Alex</p>, <div><p>Bob</p><p>Cathy</p></div>, <p>Bob</p>, <p>Cathy</p>] ```

The return size of the returned list is 4 because there are 4 nodes under the root div.

As a side note, to get all immediate children:

``` root_tag = soup.find(id="root")print(root_tag.find_all(recursive=False)) [<p>Alex</p>, <div><p>Bob</p><p>Cathy</p></div>] ```

Notice how the size of the returned list is 2 since the root div has 2 children.

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