Extracting an attribute value with beautifulsoup


I am trying to extract the content of a single "value" attribute in a specific "input" tag on a webpage. I use the following code:

import urllib
f = urllib.urlopen("")
s = f.read()

from BeautifulSoup import BeautifulStoneSoup
soup = BeautifulStoneSoup(s)

inputTag = soup.findAll(attrs={"name" : "stainfo"})

output = inputTag['value']

print str(output)

I get a TypeError: list indices must be integers, not str

even though from the Beautifulsoup documentation i understand that strings should not be a problem here... but i a no specialist and i may have misunderstood.

Any suggestion is greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance.

4/10/2010 6:53:01 AM

Accepted Answer

.findAll() returns list of all found elements, so:

inputTag = soup.findAll(attrs={"name" : "stainfo"})

inputTag is a list (probably containing only one element). Depending on what you want exactly you either should do:

 output = inputTag[0]['value']

or use .find() method which returns only one (first) found element:

 inputTag = soup.find(attrs={"name": "stainfo"})
 output = inputTag['value']
4/10/2010 7:06:28 AM

In Python 3.x, simply use get(attr_name) on your tag object that you get using find_all:

xmlData = None

with open('conf//test1.xml', 'r') as xmlFile:
    xmlData = xmlFile.read()

xmlDecoded = xmlData

xmlSoup = BeautifulSoup(xmlData, 'html.parser')

repElemList = xmlSoup.find_all('repeatingelement')

for repElem in repElemList:
    print("Processing repElem...")
    repElemID = repElem.get('id')
    repElemName = repElem.get('name')

    print("Attribute id = %s" % repElemID)
    print("Attribute name = %s" % repElemName)

against XML file conf//test1.xml that looks like:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" standalone="yes"?>
    <repeatingElement id="11" name="Joe"/>
    <repeatingElement id="12" name="Mary"/>


Processing repElem...
Attribute id = 11
Attribute name = Joe
Processing repElem...
Attribute id = 12
Attribute name = Mary

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