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High performance HTML parser built on lxml

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pho is a library built on lxml, and implements the [Beautiful Soup]( apis. It is meant to be a drop in replacement for BS.

BS is an awesome library for parsing and navigating DOM. But, because it tries to do a lot, it exhibits fairly poor performance. See [this post]( to see that directly using lxml over soup could give up to 70x speed improvement.

Pho aims to ease the transition from soup to using pure lxml, by implementing a part of the soup API as thin wrapper on lxml. Though I don’t have rigorous benchmarks, I have seen 10-30x performance improvement from using pho.


To install requests, simply:

$ pip install pho

Pho tries to pip install lxml, and for lxml you will need the following packages installed in your system.


import pho import requests



You can see the code [here](>)

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