Removing HTML Tags from a String with Python

Elliot Forbes Elliot Forbes ⏰ 1 Minutes 📅 Apr 15, 2017

This tutorial will demonstrate two different methods as to how one can remove html tags from a string such as the one that we retrieved in my previous tutorial on fetching a web page using Python

Method 1

This method will demonstrate a way that we can remove html tags from a string using regex strings. 

import re

TAG_RE = re.compile(r'<[^>]+>')

def remove_tags(text):
    return TAG_RE.sub('', text)

Method 2

This is another method we can use to remove html tags using functionality present in the Python Standard library so there is no need for any imports.

def remove_tags(text):


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The methods for tag removal can be found here: