13.30 Download the information of the site using Beautiful Soup

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Download the information of the site using Beautiful Soup

Intro

The beautiful soup has a better way of parsing HTML in comparison with request

Example

The example of beautiful soup can be seen here in the Trinket attachment

The more detail of the lesson can be found also in AI Sweigart web

Summary

  • Web pages are plaintext files formatted as HTML.
  • HTML can be parsed with the BeautifulSoup module.
  • BeautifulSoup is imported with the name bs4.
  • Pass the string with the HTML to the bs4.BeautfiulSoup() function to get a Soup object.
  • The Soup object has a select() method that can be passed a string of the CSS selector for an HTML tag.
  • You can get a CSS selector string from the browser's developer tools by right-clicking the element and selecting Copy CSS Path.
  • The select() method will return a list of matching Element objects.
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