BTITLE Beautiful Soup: We called him Tortoise because he taught us.
M0;115;0cETA Description Beautiful Soup: an HTML parser optimized for screen-scraping.
You didn't write that awful page. You're just trying to get some data out of it. Right now, you don't really care what HTML is supposed to look like.
Neither does this parser.
"A tremendous boon." -- Python411 PodcastConstellation Games, my sci-fi novel about alien video games.
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Beautiful Soup is a Python HTML/XML parser designed for quick turnaround projects like screen-scraping. Three features make it powerful:
Beautiful Soup parses anything you give it, and does the tree traversal stuff for you. You can tell it "Find all the links", or "Find all the links of class externalLink", or "Find all the links whose urls match "foo.com", or "Find the table heading that's got bold text, then give me that text."
Valuable data that was once locked up in poorly-designed websites
is now within your reach. Projects that would have taken hours take
only minutes with Beautiful Soup.
Download Beautiful Soup
The last series of Beautiful Soup 3 is the 3.2 series. The most recent release in this series is 3.2.0, released November 21, 2010.
If you're using Python 3.0, you must use Beautiful Soup 4.
No one should be using the 3.1 series anymore, but if you are, you're probably having problems.
Beautiful Soup is licensed under the same terms as Python itself, so you can drop BeautifulSoup.py into almost any Python application (or into your library path) and start using it immediately.
Older versions are still available:
Development happens at Launchpad.