simple Question about using BeautifulSoup

Jean-Paul Calderone exarkun at
Wed Aug 20 16:46:26 CEST 2008

On Wed, 20 Aug 2008 07:33:32 -0700 (PDT), Alexnb <alexnbryan at> wrote:
>Okay, I have used BeautifulSoup a lot lately, but I am wondering, how do you
>open a local html file?
>Usually I do something like this for a url
>soup = BeautifulSoup(urllib.urlopen('')

  urllib.urlopen gives you a file-like object for a resource at an url.

  file gives you a file-like object for a file on the local filesystem.

  soup = BeautifulSoup(file('/the/name/of/the/file'))


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