Comprehensive Python Beautiful Soup Web Scraping Tutorial! (find/find_all, css select, scrape table)

In this video we walk through web scraping in Python using the beautiful soup library. We start with a brief introduction to HTML & CSS and discuss what web scraping is. Next we start getting into the basics of the beautiful soup library. This includes how to load a webpage, the basic commands you need […]

In this video we walk through web scraping in Python using the beautiful soup library. We start with a brief introduction to HTML & CSS and discuss what web scraping is. Next we start getting into the basics of the beautiful soup library. This includes how to load a webpage, the basic commands you need to know such as find & find_all, grabbing strings from an HTML elements, etc. The final section of this tutorial is a series of exercises where you can practice your skills. In this section we scrape a webpage for links, we learn how to scrape a table and load it into a pandas dataframe, and we see how you can scrape & download a web image. Hope you enjoy!

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Resources used in this video

Simple webpage: https://keithgalli.github.io/web-scraping/example.html
Example webpage: https://keithgalli.github.io/web-scraping/webpage.html
Link to source code: https://github.com/KeithGalli/web-scraping

Beautiful Soup Documentation: https://www.crummy.com/software/BeautifulSoup/bs4/doc/
CSS Selector Reference: https://www.w3schools.com/cssref/css_selectors.asp

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Learn more about HTML/CSS
@Traversy Media HTML Crash Course: https://youtu.be/UB1O30fR-EE
@Traversy Media CSS Crash Course: https://youtu.be/yfoY53QXEnI
Codecademy: https://www.codecademy.com/catalog/language/html-css

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Video timeline!
0:00 – Intro & Video Overview
1:09 – What is web scraping?
3:51 – Introduction to HTML

Using the beautiful soup library (5:29)
6:31 – Loading in a webpage (requests library)
8:21 – Starting to scrape
9:18 – find & find_all methods
16:00 – Finding specific text/strings in our HTML (regex)
18:38 – Select method (CSS path selections)
25:55 – Grabbing the string/text from an HTML element
28:17 – Getting a property of HTML element (href, src, id, class, etc)
29:41 – Code navigation (parents, children, siblings)

Let’s practice our skills! (33:57)
35:53 – Exercise #1: Grab all social links on webpage in 3 different ways
42:09 – Exercise #2: Scrape an HTML table into a Pandas Dataframe
53:09 – Exercise #3: Grab all fun facts that contain the word “is”
57:59 – Exercise #4: Use beautiful soup to help download an image from a webpage
1:04:20 – Exercise #5: Solve the mystery challenge!!!

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