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Given a html document, it pulls out the main body text and cleans it up.

This is a python port of a ruby port of arc90's readability project.


It's easy using pip, just run:

$ pip install readability-lxml


>>> import requests
>>> from readability import Document

>>> response = requests.get('')
>>> doc = Document(response.text)
>>> doc.title()
'Example Domain'

>>> doc.summary()
"""<html><body><div><body id="readabilityBody">\n<div>\n    <h1>Example Domain</h1>\n
<p>This domain is established to be used for illustrative examples in documents. You may
use this\n    domain in examples without prior coordination or asking for permission.</p>
\n    <p><a href="">More information...</a></p>\n</div>

Change Log

  • 0.8.1 Fixed processing of non-ascii HTMLs via regexps.
  • 0.8 Replaced XHTML output with HTML5 output in summary() call.
  • 0.7.1 Support for Python 3.7 . Fixed a slowdown when processing documents with lots of spaces.
  • 0.7 Improved HTML5 tags handling. Fixed stripping unwanted HTML nodes (only first matching node was removed before).
  • 0.6 Finally a release which supports Python versions 2.6, 2.7, 3.3 - 3.6
  • 0.5 Preparing a release to support Python versions 2.6, 2.7, 3.3 and 3.4
  • 0.4 Added Videos loading and allowed more images per paragraph
  • 0.3 Added Document.encoding, positive_keywords and negative_keywords


This code is under the Apache License 2.0 license.

Thanks to


fast python port of arc90's readability tool, updated to match latest readability.js!




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