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  • Converts XML to a Python object.
  • Siblings with similar names are grouped into a list.
  • Children can be accessed with parent.child, attributes with element['attribute'].
  • You can call the parse() method with a filename, an URL or an XML string.
  • Substitutes -, . and : with _ <foobar><foo-bar/></foobar> can be accessed with foobar.foo_bar, <> can be accessed with foo_bar_baz and <foo:bar><foo:baz/></foo:bar> can be accessed with foo_bar.foo_baz
  • Works with Python 2.7 and 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7, 3.8 and pypy


With pip:

pip install untangle

With conda:

conda install -c conda-forge untangle

Conda feedstock maintained by @htenkanen. Issues and questions about conda-forge packaging / installation can be done here.


(See and run or this blog post: Read XML painlessly for more info)

import untangle
obj = untangle.parse(resource)

resource can be:

  • a URL
  • a filename
  • an XML string

Running the above code and passing this XML:

<?xml version="1.0"?>
	<child name="child1"/>

allows it to be navigated from the untangled object like this:

obj.root.child['name'] # u'child1'



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