jsoup - Using DOM Methods


Following example will showcase use of DOM like methods after parsing an HTML String into a Document object.


Document document = Jsoup.parse(html);
Element sampleDiv = document.getElementById("sampleDiv");
Elements links = sampleDiv.getElementsByTag("a");


  • document - document object represents the HTML DOM.

  • Jsoup - main class to parse the given HTML String.

  • html - HTML String.

  • sampleDiv - Element object represent the html node element identified by id "sampleDiv".

  • links - Elements object represents the multiple node elements identified by tag "a".


The parse(String html) method parses the input HTML into a new Document. This document object can be used to traverse and get details of the html dom.


Create the following java program using any editor of your choice in say C:/> jsoup.


import org.jsoup.Jsoup;
import org.jsoup.nodes.Document;
import org.jsoup.nodes.Element;
import org.jsoup.select.Elements;

public class JsoupTester {
   public static void main(String[] args) {
      String html = "<html><head><title>Sample Title</title></head>"
         + "<body>"
         + "<p>Sample Content</p>"
         + "<div id='sampleDiv'><a href='www.google.com'>Google</a></div>"
      Document document = Jsoup.parse(html);
      Elements paragraphs = document.getElementsByTag("p");
      for (Element paragraph : paragraphs) {

      Element sampleDiv = document.getElementById("sampleDiv");
      System.out.println("Data: " + sampleDiv.text());
      Elements links = sampleDiv.getElementsByTag("a");

      for (Element link : links) {
         System.out.println("Href: " + link.attr("href"));
         System.out.println("Text: " + link.text());

Verify the result

Compile the class using javac compiler as follows:

C:\jsoup>javac JsoupTester.java

Now run the JsoupTester to see the result.

C:\jsoup>java JsoupTester

See the result.

Sample Title
Sample Content
Data: Google
Href: www.google.com
Text: Google