How to convert markup text to plain text in python?

ph ph at
Fri Feb 1 17:34:25 CET 2008

On 01-Feb-2008, geoffbache wrote:
> I have some marked up text and would like to convert it to plain text,
> by simply removing all the tags. Of course I can do it from first
> principles but I felt that among all Python's markup tools there must
> be something that would do this simply, without having to create an
> XML parser etc.
> I've looked around a bit but failed to find anything, any tips?
> (e.g. convert "<B>Today</B> is <U>Friday</U>" to "Today is Friday")

Quick but very dirty way:

data=''.join([x.split('>',1)[-1] for x in data.split('<')])

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