Section: User Contributed Perl Documentation (3)
HTML::Tree - build and scan parse-trees of HTML
This document describes version 5.07 of
HTML::Tree, released August 31, 2017
as part of HTML-Tree.
my $tree = HTML::TreeBuilder->new();
# Then do something with the tree, using HTML::Element
# methods -- for example:
HTML-Tree is a suite of Perl modules for making parse trees out of
source. It consists of mainly two modules, whose documentation
you should refer to: HTML::TreeBuilder
HTML::TreeBuilder is the module that builds the parse trees. (It uses
HTML::Parser to do the work of breaking the HTML up into tokens.)
The tree that TreeBuilder builds for you is made up of objects of the
If you find that you do not properly understand the documentation
for HTML::TreeBuilder and HTML::Element, it may be because you are
unfamiliar with tree-shaped data structures, or with object-oriented
modules in general. Sean Burke has written some articles for
The Perl Journal ("www.tpj.com") that seek to provide that background.
The full text of those articles is contained in this distribution, as:
``User's View of Object-Oriented Modules'' from TPJ17.
``Trees'' from TPJ18
``Scanning HTML'' from TPJ19
Readers already familiar with object-oriented modules and tree-shaped
data structures should read just the last article. Readers without
that background should read the first, then the second, and then the
All these methods simply redirect to the corresponding method in
HTML::TreeBuilder. It's more efficient to use HTML::TreeBuilder
directly, and skip loading HTML::Tree at all.
Redirects to ``new'' in HTML::TreeBuilder.
Redirects to ``new_from_file'' in HTML::TreeBuilder.
Redirects to ``new_from_content'' in HTML::TreeBuilder.
Redirects to ``new_from_url'' in HTML::TreeBuilder.
You can find documentation for this module with the perldoc command.
You can also look for information at:
AnnoCPAN: Annotated CPAN documentation
RT: CPAN's request tracker
If you have a question about how to use HTML-Tree, Stack Overflow is
the place to ask it. Make sure you tag it both "perl" and "html-tree".
HTML::TreeBuilder, HTML::Element, HTML::Tagset,
The book Perl & LWP by Sean M. Burke published by
O'Reilly and Associates, 2002. ISBN: 0-596-00178-9
It has several chapters to do with HTML processing in general,
and HTML-Tree specifically. There's more info at:
HTML-Tree is now maintained using Git. The main public repository is
The best way to send a patch is to make a pull request there.
Thanks to Gisle Aas, Sean Burke and Andy Lester for their original work.
Thanks to Chicago Perl Mongers (http://chicago.pm.org) for their
patches submitted to HTML::Tree as part of the Phalanx project
Thanks to the following people for additional patches and documentation:
Terrence Brannon, Gordon Lack, Chris Madsen and Ricardo Signes.
Christopher J. Madsen "<perl AT cjmweb.net>"
Jeff Fearn "<jfearn AT cpan.org>"
Original HTML-Tree author:
Sean M. Burke
Pete Krawczyk "<petek AT cpan.org>"
You can follow or contribute to HTML-Tree's development at
COPYRIGHT AND LICENSE
Copyright 1995-1998 Gisle Aas, 1999-2004 Sean M. Burke,
2005 Andy Lester, 2006 Pete Krawczyk, 2010 Jeff Fearn,
2012 Christopher J. Madsen.
(Except the articles contained in HTML::Tree::AboutObjects,
HTML::Tree::AboutTrees, and HTML::Tree::Scanning, which are all
copyright 2000 The Perl Journal.)
Except for those three TPJ articles, the whole HTML-Tree distribution,
of which this file is a part, is free software; you can redistribute
it and/or modify it under the same terms as Perl itself.
Those three TPJ articles may be distributed under the same terms as
The programs in this library are distributed in the hope that they
will be useful, but without any warranty; without even the implied
warranty of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.