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Getting number of child elements of a tag in Beautiful Soup

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To get the number of child elements of a tag, first fetch all the child elements of the tag using the find_all() method, and then just check its length using len(~).

Example

Consider the following HTML document:

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

To get the number of child elements of <p>Alex</p>:

tag_alex = soup.find("p")
count_children = len(tag_alex.find_all())
print(count_children)
0

To get the number of child elements of <div>~</div>:

tag_div = soup.find("div")
count_children = len(tag_div.find_all())
print(count_children)
2
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