Arturski Arturski - 29 days ago 10
HTML Question

Powershell remove HTML tags in string content

I have a large HTML data string separated into small chunks. I am trying to write a PowerShell script to remove all the HTML tags, but am finding it difficult to find the right regex pattern.

Example String:

<p>This is an example</br>of various <span style="color: #445444">html content</span>


I have tried using:

$string -replace '\<([^\)]+)\>',''


It works with simple examples but ones such as above it captures the whole string.

Any suggestions on whats the best way to achieve this?

Thanks in advance

Answer

For a pure regex, it should be as easy as <[^>]+>:

$string -replace '<[^>]+>',''

Regular expression visualization

Debuggex Demo

Note that this could fail with certain HTML comments or the contents of <pre> tags.

Instead, you could use the HTML Agility Pack, which is designed for use in .Net code, and I've used it successfully in PowerShell before:

Add-Type -Path 'C:\packages\HtmlAgilityPack.1.4.6\lib\Net40-client\HtmlAgilityPack.dll'

$doc = New-Object HtmlAgilityPack.HtmlDocument
$doc.LoadHtml($string)
$doc.DocumentNode.InnerText

HTML Agility Pack works well with non-perfect HTML.