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NavigableString class – Python Beautifulsoup
  • Last Updated : 25 Oct, 2020

NavigableString class is provided by Beautiful Soup which is a web scraping framework for Python. Web scraping is the process of extracting data from the website using automated tools to make the process faster. A string corresponds to a bit of text within a tag. Beautiful Soup uses the NavigableString class to contain these bits of text.

Syntax: 

<tag> String here </tag>

Below given examples explain the concept of NavigableString class in Beautiful Soup. 
Example 1: In this example, we are going to see the type of a string.

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# Import Beautiful Soup
from bs4 import BeautifulSoup
  
# Initialize the object with a HTML page
soup = BeautifulSoup('''
    <html>
        <h2> Heading 1 </h2>
        <h1> Heading 2 </h1>
    </html>
    ''', "lxml")
  
# Get the whole h2 tag
tag = soup.h2
  
# Get the string inside the tag
string = tag.string
  
# Print the type
print(type(string))

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Output: 



<class 'bs4.element.NavigableString'>

Example 2: In this example we are going to convert the NavigableString to a Unicode string.

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# Import Beautiful Soup
from bs4 import BeautifulSoup
  
# Initialize the object with a HTML page
soup = BeautifulSoup('''
    <html>
        <h2> Heading 1 </h2>
        <h1> Heading 2 </h1>
    </html>
    ''', "lxml")
  
# Get the whole h2 tag
tag = soup.h2
  
# Get the string inside the tag and convert 
# it into string
string = str(tag.string)
  
# Print the type
print(type(string))

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Output: 

<type 'str'>

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