1. Christian Stefanescu
  2. untangle




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Complete documentation at readthedocs.org Website

  • 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, <foo.bar.baz/> 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 2.4-3.2 and pypy


pip install untangle


(See and run <a href="https://github.com/stchris/untangle/blob/master/examples.py">examples.py</a> 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'