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JSSoup is a fast and reliable HTML DOM parser library for JavaScript, node.js based on PHP: simplehtmldom and Java: Jsoup

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  • Works with well-formed and broken HTML documents.
  • Loads webpages and document strings.
  • Supports CSS selectors.



npm i @aghajari/jssoup
const jssoup = require('@aghajari/jssoup');

Let's fetch music lyrics from Google :

const doc = await jssoup.loadFromURL("https://www.google.com/search?q=Hello+lyrics", options())

console.log('track: ' + doc.getElementByAttr("data-attrid", `"title"`).plainText())
console.log('artist' + doc.getElementByAttr("data-attrid", `"subtitle"`).plainText())
console.log('lyrics' + doc.getElementByAttr("data-lyricid").plainText())


track: Hello
artist: Adele
lyrics: Hello, it's me 
I was wondering if after all these years you'd like to meet 
To go over everything 
They say that time's supposed to heal ya...

For finding the correct css selector for an specific element, you can use HTMLNode.cssSelector(),

  • cssSelector(): Get a CSS selector that will uniquely select this element

Just try one example as a test and get the cssSelector for all.

const doc = await jssoup.loadFromURL("https://www.google.com/search?q=someone+like+you+lyrics", options())
console.log(doc.matchesPlainText('Someone Like You')[0].cssSelector())

You will get h2[data-attrid=title] as the cssSelector, Now use this selector for all lyrics pages from Google.

const doc = await jssoup.loadFromURL("https://www.google.com/search?q=million+years+ago+lyrics", options())
console.log(doc.findFirst('h2[data-attrid=title]').plainText()) // Output: Million Years Ago
  • Let's try parsing document string :
const html = `<html><head><title><b>JSSoup</b> - node.js</title></head></html>`
const title = jssoup.load(html).getElementByTagName('title') // or .findFirst('title');
console.log(title.plainText()) // JSSoup - node.js
console.log(title.innerText()) // <b>JSSoup</b> - node.js
console.log(title.outerText()) // <title><b>JSSoup</b> - node.js</title>

By the way, you can also use const title = jssoup.load(html).titleEl() for getting title.

  • Let's use id for finding the element.
const html = `<html><head><test id='element_id'>This is a test</test></head></html>`
const element = jssoup.load(html).getElementById('element_id') // or .findFirst('#element_id')
console.log(element) // This is a test
  • Let's use className for finding the element.
const html = `<html><head><test class='test header'>This is a test</test></head></html>`
const element = jssoup.load(html).getElementByClassName('test') // or .findFirst('.header')
console.log(element) // This is a test
  • Let's use attribute for finding the element.
const html = `<html><head><test data-type='test'>This is a test</test></head></html>`;
const element = jssoup.load(html).getElementByAttr('data-type'); // or .findFirst('[data-type]');
console.log(element); // This is a test
  • Other ways to get the same element :
const html = `<html><head><test class='tcls header' id='#element_id' data-type='test_attr'>This is a test</test></head></html>`
const doc = jssoup.load(html)
element = doc.getElementByTagName('test')
element = doc.findFirst('test')
element = doc.getElementByClass('tcls header')
element = doc.findFirst('test.tcls.header')
element = doc.getElementById('element_id')
element = doc.findFirst('test#element_id')
element = doc.getElementByAttr('data-type', 'test_attr')
element = doc.findFirst('test[data-type=test_attr]')
element = doc.findFirst('html > head > test:nth-child(0)')
  • Get comments :
const html = `<html>
    <h1>This is a test</h1>
    <!-- this is a comment -->

const doc = jssoup.load(html)
console.log(doc.comments()[0]) // this is a comment
  • Get metta tags :
const doc = await jssoup.loadFromURL("https://github.com/Aghajari", options())

console.log(doc.metaTags()) // Array of meta tags
console.log(doc.metaEl('description')) // meta element for description
console.log(doc.metaEl('image')) // meta content for image
* metaEl() will search following tags:
* <meta name="NAME" content="bla bla"> (Standard)
* <meta property="og:NAME" content="bla bla">
* <meta itemprop="NAME" content="bla bla">
* <meta name="…NAME…" content="bla bla">
* <meta property="…NAME…" content="bla bla">
* <meta itemprop="…NAME…" content="bla bla">
const doc = await jssoup.loadFromURL("https://github.com/Aghajari", options())

console.log('title', doc.title()) // Aghajari - Overview
console.log('description', doc.description()) // Aghajari has ? repositories available. Follow their code on GitHub.
console.log('image', doc.image()) // https://avatars.githubusercontent.com/u/30867537?v=4?s=400
  • Getting multiple tags :
const html = `<html>
<tag1> This is test1 </tag1>
<tag2> This is test2 </tag2>
<tag3> This is test3 </tag3>

const doc = jssoup.load(html)
console.log(doc.find(['tag1', 'tag2', 'tag3'])) // Array of elements
  • Limit output indexes :
const html = `<html>
<tag> This is test0 </tag>
<tag> This is test1 </tag>
<tag> This is test2 </tag>
<tag> This is test3 </tag>
<tag> This is test4 </tag>
<tag> This is test5 </tag>

const doc = jssoup.load(html)
console.log(doc.find('tag', [2, -2])) // Array of elements (test2, test4)
  • Get attribute from element:
const html = `<html><head><test data-id='id1234'>This is a test</test></head></html>`;
const element = jssoup.load(html).getElementByAttr('data-id'); // or .findFirst('test[data-id]');
console.log(element.getAttribute('data-id')); // id1234

Attribute Expression

  • = : equal [attr=value]
  • != : unequal [attr!=value]
  • *= : regex [attr*=value]
  • ^= : regex /^pattern/ [attr^=value]
  • $= : regex /pattern$/ [attr$=value]
  • |= : startsWith [attr|=value]
  • &= : endsWith [attr&=value]
  • %= : contains [attr%=value]
  • ~= : contains in list of words [attr~=value]
    <tag attr='blue red green'> : [attr~=red]


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