bs4.FeatureNotFound: Couldn't find a tree builder with the features you requested: lxml. Do you need to install a parser library? bs4.FeatureNotFound: Couldn't find a tree builder with the features you requested: lxml. Do you need to install a parser library? python python

bs4.FeatureNotFound: Couldn't find a tree builder with the features you requested: lxml. Do you need to install a parser library?


I have a suspicion that this is related to the parser that BS will use to read the HTML. They document is here, but if you're like me (on OSX) you might be stuck with something that requires a bit of work:

You'll notice that in the BS4 documentation page above, they point out that by default BS4 will use the Python built-in HTML parser. Assuming you are in OSX, the Apple-bundled version of Python is 2.7.2 which is not lenient for character formatting. I hit this same problem, so I upgraded my version of Python to work around it. Doing this in a virtualenv will minimize disruption to other projects.

If doing that sounds like a pain, you can switch over to the LXML parser:

pip install lxml

And then try:

soup = BeautifulSoup(html, "lxml")

Depending on your scenario, that might be good enough. I found this annoying enough to warrant upgrading my version of Python. Using virtualenv, you can migrate your packages fairly easily.


I'd prefer the built in python html parser, no install no dependencies

soup = BeautifulSoup(s, "html.parser")


For basic out of the box python with bs4 installed then you can process your xml with

soup = BeautifulSoup(html, "html5lib")

If however you want to use formatter='xml' then you need to

pip3 install lxmlsoup = BeautifulSoup(html, features="xml")


matomo