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html2text is a very simple gem that uses DOM methods to convert HTML into a format similar to what would be rendered by a browser - perfect for places where you need a quick text representation. For example:

<html>
<title>Ignored Title</title>
<body>
  <h1>Hello, World!</h1>

  <p>This is some e-mail content.
  Even though it has whitespace and newlines, the e-mail converter
  will handle it correctly.

  <p>Even mismatched tags.</p>

  <div>A div</div>
  <div>Another div</div>
  <div>A div<div>within a div</div></div>

  <a href="http://foo.com">A link</a>

</body>
</html>

Will be converted into:

Hello, World!

This is some e-mail content. Even though it has whitespace and newlines, the e-mail converter will handle it correctly.

Even mismatched tags.

A div
Another div
A div
within a div

[A link](http://foo.com)

See the original blog post or the related StackOverflow answer.

Installing

Add the gem into your Gemfile and run bundle install:

gem 'html2text'

Then you can:

require 'html2text'

text = Html2Text.convert(html)

Tests

See all of the test cases defined in spec/examples/. These can be run with bundle && rspec.

License

html2text is licensed under MIT.

Other versions

  1. html2text, the original PHP implementation.
  2. actionmailer-html2text, automatically generate text parts for HTML emails sent with ActionMailer.

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