Powerful and Pythonic XML processing library combining libxml2/libxslt with the ElementTree API.

pip install lxml==5.2.1


What is lxml?

lxml is the most feature-rich and easy-to-use library for processing XML and HTML in the Python language. It's also very fast and memory friendly, just so you know.

For an introduction and further documentation, see doc/main.txt.

For installation information, see INSTALL.txt.

For issue tracker, see https://bugs.launchpad.net/lxml

Support the project

lxml has been downloaded from the Python Package Index millions of times and is also available directly in many package distributions, e.g. for Linux or macOS.

Most people who use lxml do so because they like using it. You can show us that you like it by blogging about your experience with it and linking to the project website.

If you are using lxml for your work and feel like giving a bit of your own benefit back to support the project, consider sending us money through GitHub Sponsors, Tidelift or PayPal that we can use to buy us free time for the maintenance of this great library, to fix bugs in the software, review and integrate code contributions, to improve its features and documentation, or to just take a deep breath and have a cup of tea every once in a while. Please read the Legal Notice below, at the bottom of this page. Thank you for your support.

Support lxml through GitHub Sponsors

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Please contact Stefan Behnel for other ways to support the lxml project, as well as commercial consulting, customisations and trainings on lxml and fast Python XML processing.

Note that we are not accepting donations in crypto currencies. Much of the development and hosting for lxml is done in a carbon-neutral way or with compensated and very low emissions. Crypto currencies do not fit into that ambition.

AppVeyor and GitHub Actions support the lxml project with their build and CI servers. Jetbrains supports the lxml project by donating free licenses of their PyCharm IDE. Another supporter of the lxml project is COLOGNE Webdesign.

Project income report

lxml has about 80 million downloads per month on PyPI.

  • Total project income in 2023: EUR 2776.56 (231.38 € / month, 2.89 € / 1,000,000 downloads)
    • Tidelift: EUR 2738.46
    • Paypal: EUR 38.10
  • Total project income in 2022: EUR 2566.38 (213.87 € / month, 3.56 € / 1,000,000 downloads)
    • Tidelift: EUR 2539.38
    • Paypal: EUR 24.32
  • Total project income in 2021: EUR 4640.37 (386.70 € / month)
    • Tidelift: EUR 4066.66
    • Paypal: EUR 223.71
    • other: EUR 350.00
  • Total project income in 2020: EUR 6065,86 (506.49 € / month)
    • Tidelift: EUR 4064.77
    • Paypal: EUR 1401.09
    • other: EUR 600.00
  • Total project income in 2019: EUR 717.52 (59.79 € / month)
    • Tidelift: EUR 360.30
    • Paypal: EUR 157.22
    • other: EUR 200.00

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