How to turn HTML to text in Python?

When web scraping, we might need to represent scrape HTML data as plain text. For this we can use BeautifulSoup's get_text() method which extracts all visible HTML text and most importantly ignores invisible details such as <script> elements:

from bs4 import BeautifulSoup

soup = BeautifulSoup("""
    <h1>Article title</h1>
    <p>first paragraph and a <a>link</a></p>
    <script>var invisible="javascript variable";</script>
# if possible it's best to restrict html to a specific element
element = soup.find('article')
text = element.get_text()
Article title
first paragraph and a link
Question tagged: Data Parsing, Beautifulsoup

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