beautifulsoup for javascript

BeautifulSoup for Javascript

If you are a developer and have worked with web scraping, chances are you have used BeautifulSoup, a popular Python library for parsing HTML and XML documents. But have you ever wondered if something similar exists for Javascript? The answer is yes, and it's called Cheerio!

What is Cheerio?

Cheerio is a fast, flexible and lean implementation of core jQuery designed specifically for the server. It allows you to parse HTML and XML documents, manipulate their contents and extract data using familiar jQuery syntax. You can use Cheerio with Node.js, React Native or any other Javascript environment.

How to use Cheerio?

Using Cheerio is pretty straightforward. First, you need to install it using npm:

npm install cheerio

Then, you can require it in your code:

const cheerio = require('cheerio');

Now, let's say you have an HTML document like this:

    <title>Hello World</title>
    <p>Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit.</p>
    <p>Donec quis nulla sit amet felis facilisis commodo non sed nibh.</p>

You can load it into Cheerio like this:

const $ = cheerio.load('<html>...</html>');

The resulting object $ is the Cheerio instance that represents the document. Now, you can use jQuery-like syntax to manipulate it. For example, to extract the title of the document:

const title = $('title').text();
console.log(title); // output: "Hello World"

You can also use CSS selectors to select elements based on their attributes, classes or IDs. For example, to extract the text of all paragraphs in the document:

const paragraphs = $('p').map((i, el) => $(el).text()).get();
console.log(paragraphs); // output: ["Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit.", "Donec quis nulla sit amet felis facilisis commodo non sed nibh."]


Cheerio is a powerful and easy-to-use library for parsing HTML and XML documents in Javascript. Whether you need to scrape data from a website, extract information from an XML file or manipulate DOM elements on the server-side, Cheerio has got you covered. So give it a try and see how it can simplify your web development tasks!

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