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htmlqueryvsparsel

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htmlquery is a Go library that allows you to parse and extract data from HTML documents using XPath expressions. It provides a simple and intuitive API for traversing and querying the HTML tree structure, and it is built on top of the popular Goquery library.

parsel is a library for parsing HTML and XML using selectors, similar to beautifulsoup. It is built on top of the lxml library and allows for easy extraction of data from HTML and XML files using selectors, similar to how you would use CSS selectors in web development. It is a light-weight library which is specifically designed for web scraping and parsing, so it is more efficient and faster than beautifulsoup in some use cases.

Some of the key features of parsel include:

  • CSS selector & XPath selector support:
    Two most common html parsing path languages are both supported in parsel. This allows selecting attributes, tags, text and complex matching rules that use regular expressions or XPath functions.
  • Modifying data:
    parsel allows you to modify the contents of an element, remove elements or add new elements to a document.
  • Support for both HTML and XML:
    parsel supports both HTML and XML documents and you can use the same selectors for both formats.

It is easy to use and less verbose than beautifulsoup, so it's quite popular among the developers who are working with Web scraping projects and parse data from large volume of web pages.

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Example Use


package main

import (
  "fmt"
  "log"

  "github.com/antchfx/htmlquery"
)

func main() {
  // Parse the HTML string
  doc, err := htmlquery.Parse([]byte(`
    <html>
      <body>
        <h1>Hello, World!</h1>
        <ul>
          <li>Item 1</li>
          <li>Item 2</li>
          <li>Item 3</li>
        </ul>
      </body>
    </html>
  `))
  if err != nil {
    log.Fatal(err)
  }

  // Extract the text of the first <h1> element
  h1 := htmlquery.FindOne(doc, "//h1")
  fmt.Println(htmlquery.InnerText(h1)) // "Hello, World!"

  // Extract the text of all <li> elements
  lis := htmlquery.Find(doc, "//li")
  for _, li := range lis {
    fmt.Println(htmlquery.InnerText(li))
  }
  // "Item 1"
  // "Item 2"
  // "Item 3"
}
from parsel import Selector

# this is our HTML page:
html = """
<head>
  <title>Hello World!</title>
</head>
<body>
  <div id="product">
    <h1>Product Title</h1>
    <p>paragraph 1</p>
    <p>paragraph2</p>
    <span class="price">$10</span>
  </div>
</body>
"""

selector = Selector(html)

# we can use CSS selectors:
selector.css("#product .price::text").get()
"$10"

# or XPath:
selector.xpath('//span[@class="price"]').get()
"$10"

# or get all matching elements:
print(selector.css("#product p::text").getall())
["paragraph 1", "paragraph2"]

# parsel also comes with utility methods like regular expression parsing:
selector.xpath('//span[@class="price"]').re("\d+")
["10"]

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