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Heuristic based boilerplate removal tool

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Program jusText is a tool for removing boilerplate content, such as navigation links, headers, and footers from HTML pages. It is designed to preserve mainly text containing full sentences and it is therefore well suited for creating linguistic resources such as Web corpora. You can try it online.

This is a fork of original (currently unmaintained) code of jusText hosted on Google Code.

Adaptations of the algorithm to other languages:

Some libraries using jusText:

Some currently (Jan 2020) maintained alternatives:


Make sure you have Python 2.7+/3.5+ and pip (Windows, Linux) installed. Run simply:

$ [sudo] pip install justext


lxml (version depends on your Python version)


$ python -m justext -s Czech -o text.txt
$ python -m justext -s English -o plain_text.txt english_page.html
$ python -m justext --help # for more info

Python API

import requests
import justext

response = requests.get("")
paragraphs = justext.justext(response.content, justext.get_stoplist("English"))
for paragraph in paragraphs:
  if not paragraph.is_boilerplate:
    print paragraph.text


Run tests via

$ py.test-2.7 && py.test-3.5 && py.test-3.6 && py.test-3.7 && py.test-3.8 && py.test-3.9


This software has been developed at the Natural Language Processing Centre of Masaryk University in Brno with a financial support from PRESEMT and Lexical Computing Ltd. It also relates to PhD research of Jan Pomikálek.

Changelog for jusText

3.0.1 (2024-05-09)

  • BUG FIX: Fix issue with new version of lxml #48.

3.0.0 (2021-10-21)

  • INCOMPATIBLE CHANGE: Dropped support for Python 3.4 and below.

  • BUG FIX: Don’t join words separated only by <br> tag.

  • BUG FIX: List available stop-lists alphabetically.

2.2.0 (2016-03-06)

  • INCOMPATIBLE CHANGE: Stop words are case insensitive.

  • INCOMPATIBLE CHANGE: Dropped support for Python 3.2

  • BUG FIX: Preserve new lines from original text in paragraphs.

2.1.1 (2014-05-27)

  • BUG FIX: Function decode_html now respects parameter errors when falling to default_encoding #9.

2.1.0 (2014-01-25)

  • FEATURE: Added XPath selector to the paragrahs. XPath selector is also available in detailed output as xpath attribute of <p> tag #5.

2.0.0 (2013-08-26)

  • FEATURE: Added pluggable DOM preprocessor.

  • FEATURE: Added support for Python 3.2+.

  • INCOMPATIBLE CHANGE: Paragraphs are instances of justext.paragraph.Paragraph.

  • INCOMPATIBLE CHANGE: Script ‘justext’ removed in favour of command python -m justext.

  • FEATURE: It’s possible to enter an URI as input document in CLI.

  • FEATURE: It is possible to pass unicode string directly.

1.2.0 (2011-08-08)

  • FEATURE: Character counts used instead of word counts where possible in order to make the algorithm work well in the language independent mode (without a stoplist) for languages where counting words is not easy (Japanese, Chinese, Thai, etc).

  • BUG FIX: More robust parsing of meta tags containing the information about used charset.

  • BUG FIX: Corrected decoding of HTML entities &#128; to &#159;

1.1.0 (2011-03-09)

  • First public release.

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