sebaszw sebaszw - 6 months ago 22
Python Question

How to not load the comments while parsing XML in lxml

I try to parse XML file in Python using lxml like this:

objectify.parse(xmlPath, parserWithSchema)


but XML file may contains comments in strange places:

<root>
<text>Sam<!--comment-->ple text</text>
<!--comment-->
<float>1.2<!--comment-->3456</float>
</root>


It is a way to not load or delete comments before parsing?

Answer

Set remove_comments=True on the parser (documentation):

from lxml import etree, objectify

parser = etree.XMLParser(remove_comments=True)
tree = objectify.parse(xmlPath, parser=parser)

Or, using the makeparser() method:

parser = objectify.makeparser(remove_comments=True)
tree = objectify.parse(xmlPath, parser=parser)

Hope that helps.

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