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soup is a Go library for parsing and querying HTML documents.

It provides a simple and intuitive interface for extracting information from HTML pages. It's inspired by popular Python web scraping library BeautifulSoup and shares similar use API implementing functions like Find and FindAll.

soup can also use go's built-in http client to download HTML content.

Note that unlike beautifulsoup, soup does not support CSS selectors or XPath.

lxml is a low-level XML and HTML tree processor. It's used by many other libraries such as parsel or beautifulsoup for higher level HTML parsing.

One of the main features of lxml is its speed and efficiency.
It is built on top of the libxml2 and libxslt C libraries, which are known for their high performance and low memory footprint. This makes lxml well-suited for processing large and complex XML and HTML documents.

One of the key components of lxml is the ElementTree API, which is modeled after the ElementTree API from the Python standard library's xml module. This API provides a simple and intuitive way to access and manipulate the elements and attributes of an XML or HTML document. It also provides a powerful and flexible Xpath engine that allows you to select elements based on their names, attributes, and contents.

Another feature of lxml is its support for parsing and creating XML documents using the XSLT standard. The lxml library provides a powerful and easy-to-use interface for applying XSLT stylesheets to XML documents, which can be used to transform and convert XML documents into other formats, such as HTML, PDF, or even other XML formats.

For web scraping it's best to use other higher level libraries that use lxml like parsel or beautifulsoup

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Example Use


package main

import (
  "fmt"
  "log"

  "github.com/anaskhan96/soup"
)

func main() {

  url := "https://www.bing.com/search?q=weather+Toronto"

  # soup has basic HTTP client though it's not recommended for scraping:
  resp, err := soup.Get(url)
  if err != nil {
    log.Fatal(err)
  }

  # create soup object from HTML
  doc := soup.HTMLParse(resp)

  # html elements can be found using Find or FindStrict methods:
  # in this case find <div> elements where "class" attribute matches some values:
  grid := doc.FindStrict("div", "class", "b_antiTopBleed b_antiSideBleed b_antiBottomBleed")
  # note: to find all elements FindAll() method can be used the same way

  # elements can be further searched for descendents:
  heading := grid.Find("div", "class", "wtr_titleCtrn").Find("div").Text()
  conditions := grid.Find("div", "class", "wtr_condition")
  primaryCondition := conditions.Find("div")
  secondaryCondition := primaryCondition.FindNextElementSibling()
  temp := primaryCondition.Find("div", "class", "wtr_condiTemp").Find("div").Text()
  others := primaryCondition.Find("div", "class", "wtr_condiAttribs").FindAll("div")
  caption := secondaryCondition.Find("div").Text()

  fmt.Println("City Name : " + heading)
  fmt.Println("Temperature : " + temp + "˚C")
  for _, i := range others {
    fmt.Println(i.Text())
  }
  fmt.Println(caption)
}
from lxml import etree

# 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>
"""

tree = tree.fromstring(html)

# for parsing, LXML only supports XPath selectors:
tree.xpath('//span[@class="price"]')[0].text
"$10"

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