Comparison of HTML parsers

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Parsing HTML is an automated task, performed by (so called) HTML parsers. They have two main purposes:

  • HTML traversal: offer an interface for programmers to easily access and modify of the "HTML string code". Canonical example: DOM parsers.
  • HTML clean: to fix invalid HTML and to improve the layout and indent style of the resulting markup. Canonical example: HTML Tidy.
Parser License Implementation language(s) Latest date* HTML Parsing[1] Clean HTML** Update HTML***
Beautiful Soup (base on lxml and html5lib)[2] Python S. F. L. Python 2013-05-31 Yes  ?  ?
Gumbo Apache License 2.0 C 2013-08-13 Yes  ?  ?
html5lib MIT License Python and PHP 2013-12-23[3] Yes Yes No
HTML::Parser Perl license Perl 2013-03-28 No[4]  ?  ?
htmlPurifier GNU Lesser GPL PHP 2009-03-25[5] No Yes Yes
HTML Tidy W3C license ANSI C 2009-03-25[6] Yes[7] Yes  ?
HtmlCleaner BSD License[8] Java 2013-09-05 No Yes  ?
Hubbub MIT License C 2013-04-19 Yes  ?  ?
Jaunt API Jaunt Beta License Java 2013-08-01 Yes Yes No
Jericho HTML Parser Eclipse Public License Java 2012-10-30[9] No??  ?  ?
jsdom MIT license JavaScript 2013-07-21 No  ?  ?
jsoup MIT license Java 2013-11-18[10] Yes Yes Yes
JTidy JTidy License Java 2012-10-09[11] Yes  ?  ?
libxml2 HTMLparser MIT License C 2012-09-11[12] Yes  ?  ?
NekoHTML Apache License 2.0 Java 2013-02-27[13] No  ?  ?
TagSoup Apache License 2.0 Java 2011-07-07 No  ?  ?
Validator.nu HTML Parser MIT License Java 2012-06-05 Yes  ?  ?
Parser License Implementation language(s) Latest date* HTML Parsing Clean HTML** Update HTML***
* Latest release (of significant changes) date.
** sanitize (generating standard-compatible web-page, reduce spam, etc.) and clean (strip out surplus presentational tags, remove XSS code, etc.) HTML code.
*** Updates HTML4.X to XHTML or to HTML5, converting deprecated tags (ex. CENTER) to valid ones (ex. DIV with style="text-align:center;").

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