xml2

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The xml2 package is a binding to libxml2, making it easy to work with HTML and XML from R. The API is somewhat inspired by jQuery.

Installation

You can install xml2 from CRAN,

install.packages("xml2")

or you can install the development version from github, using devtools:

# install.packages("devtools")
devtools::install_github("hadley/xml2")

Usage

library("xml2")
x <- read_xml("<foo> <bar> text <baz/> </bar> </foo>")
x

xml_name(x)
xml_children(x)
xml_text(x)
xml_find_all(x, ".//baz")

h <- read_html("<html><p>Hi <b>!")
h
xml_name(h)
xml_text(h)

There are three key classes:

Compared to the XML package

xml2 has similar goals to the XML package. The main differences are: