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Getting number of direct child elements of a tag in Beautiful Soup

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

Example

Consider the following HTML document:

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

To get the number of direct child elements of <div id="root">~</p>:

tag_root_div = soup.find(id="root")
count = len(tag_root_div.find_all(recursive=False))
print(count)
2

To get the number of direct child elements of <div id="sub">~</div>:

tag_sub_div = soup.find(id="sub")
count = len(tag_sub_div.find_all(recursive=False))
print(count)
1
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