[node.js] How do I parse a HTML page with Node.js

I need to parse (server side) big amounts of HTML pages.
We all agree that regexp is not the way to go here.
It seems to me that javascript is the native way of parsing a HTML page, but that assumption relies on the server side code having all the DOM ability javascript has inside a browser.

Does Node.js have that ability built in?
Is there a better approach to this problem, parsing HTML on the server side?

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The answer is

Use Cheerio. It isn't as strict as jsdom and is optimized for scraping. As a bonus, uses the jQuery selectors you already know.

? Familiar syntax: Cheerio implements a subset of core jQuery. Cheerio removes all the DOM inconsistencies and browser cruft from the jQuery library, revealing its truly gorgeous API.

? Blazingly fast: Cheerio works with a very simple, consistent DOM model. As a result parsing, manipulating, and rendering are incredibly efficient. Preliminary end-to-end benchmarks suggest that cheerio is about 8x faster than JSDOM.

? Insanely flexible: Cheerio wraps around @FB55's forgiving htmlparser. Cheerio can parse nearly any HTML or XML document.

Use htmlparser2, its way faster and pretty straightforward. Consult this usage example:


And the live demo here:


November 2020 Update

I searched for the top NodeJS html parser libraries.

Because my use cases didn't require a library with many features, I could focus on stability and performance.

By stability I mean that I want the library to be used long enough by the community in order to find bugs and that it will be still maintained and that open issues will be closed.

Its hard to understand the future of an open source library, but I did a small summary based on the top 10 libraries in openbase.

I divided into 2 groups according to the last commit (and on each group the order is according to Github starts):

Last commit is in the last 6 months:

jsdom - Last commit: 3 Months, Open issues: 331, Github stars: 14.9K.

htmlparser2 - Last commit: 8 days, Open issues: 2, Github stars: 2.7K.

parse5 - Last commit: 2 Months, Open issues: 21, Github stars: 2.5K.

swagger-parser - Last commit: 2 Months, Open issues: 48, Github stars: 663.

html-parse-stringify - Last commit: 4 Months, Open issues: 3, Github stars: 215.

node-html-parser - Last commit: 7 days, Open issues: 15, Github stars: 205.

Last commit is 6 months and above:

cheerio - Last commit: 1 year, Open issues: 174, Github stars: 22.9K.

koa-bodyparser - Last commit: 6 months, Open issues: 9, Github stars: 1.1K.

sax-js - Last commit: 3 Years, Open issues: 65, Github stars: 941.

draftjs-to-html - Last commit: 1 Year, Open issues: 27, Github stars: 233.

I picked Node-html-parser because it seems quiet fast and very active at this moment.

(*) Openbase adds much more information regarding each library like the number of contributors (with +3 commits), weekly downloads, Monthly commits, Version etc'.

(**) The table above is a snapshot according to the specific time and date - I would check the reference again and as a first step check the level of recent activity and then dive into the smaller details.

Htmlparser2 by FB55 seems to be a good alternative.

jsdom is too strict to do any real screen scraping sort of things, but beautifulsoup doesn't choke on bad markup.

node-soupselect is a port of python's beautifulsoup into nodejs, and it works beautifully

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