htmlcxx - html and css APIs for C++


htmlcxx is a simple non-validating css1 and html parser for C++. Although there are several other html parsers available, htmlcxx has some characteristics that make it unique:

News for version 0.85

Fixed gcc 4.3 compiler errors, several minor bug fixes, improved distribution of the css library.

News for version 0.7.3

Added utility code to escape/decode urls as defined by RFC 2396. Added new SAX interface. The API was slightly broken to support the new SAX interface :-(. Added Visual Studio 2003 projects for the WIN32 port.


Using htmlcxx is quite simple. Take a look at this example.

  #include <htmlcxx/html/ParserDom.h>
  //Parse some html code
  string html = "<html><body>hey</body></html>";
  HTML::ParserDom parser;
  tree<HTML::Node> dom = parser.parseTree(html);
  //Print whole DOM tree
  cout << dom << endl;
  //Dump all links in the tree
  tree<HTML::Node>::iterator it = dom.begin();
  tree<HTML::Node>::iterator end = dom.end();
  for (; it != end; ++it)
  	if (it->tagName() == "A")
  		cout << it->attributes("href");
  //Dump all text of the document
  it = dom.begin();
  end = dom.end();
  for (; it != end; ++it)
  	if ((!it->isTag()) && (!it->isComment()))
  		cout << it->text();

The htmlcxx application

htmlcxx is the name of both the library and the utility application that comes with this package. Although the htmlcxx (the application) is mostly useless for programming, you can use it to easily see how htmlcxx (the library) would parse your html code. Just install and try htmlcxx -h.


Use the project page at sourceforge:

License Stuff

Code is now under the LGPL. This was our initial intention, and is now possible thanks to the author of tree.hh, who allowed us to use it under LGPL only for HTML::Node template instances. Check or the COPYING file in the distribution for details about the LGPL license. The uri parsing code is a derivative work of Apache web server uri parsing routines. Check or the ASF-2.0 file in the distribution for details.


Davi de Castro Reis - <davi (a) users sf net>

Robson Braga Ara˙jo - <braga (a) users sf net>

Last Updated: Thu Mar 24 00:56:09 2005