Beautifulsoup not working -- soup = BeautifulSoup(html, 'html.parser')

Hi All,

I am following the phyton course and i got to the " 12 - urllinks - Python for Everybody Course" video.

I tried to installed and placed the folder he suggested into where i´m running the python from and it doesn´t work.

the teachers code is:

# To run this, download the BeautifulSoup zip file
# and unzip it in the same directory as this file

import urllib.request, urllib.parse, urllib.error
from bs4 import BeautifulSoup
import ssl

# Ignore SSL certificate errors
ctx = ssl.create_default_context()
ctx.check_hostname = False
ctx.verify_mode = ssl.CERT_NONE

url = input('Enter - ')
html = urllib.request.urlopen(url, context=ctx).read()
soup = BeautifulSoup(html, 'html.parser')

# Retrieve all of the anchor tags
tags = soup('a')
for tag in tags:
    print(tag.get('href', None))

and when i run it i get the following error:

Enter -
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "/Users/luis/Desktop/Py/code3/", line 16, in <module>
    soup = BeautifulSoup(html, 'html.parser')
  File "/Users/luis/Desktop/Py/code3/bs4/", line 215, in __init__
  File "/Users/luis/Desktop/Py/code3/bs4/", line 239, in _feed
  File "/Users/luis/Desktop/Py/code3/bs4/builder/", line 164, in feed
  File "/Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/3.10/lib/python3.10/html/", line 110, in feed
  File "/Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/3.10/lib/python3.10/html/", line 170, in goahead
    k = self.parse_starttag(i)
  File "/Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/3.10/lib/python3.10/html/", line 344, in parse_starttag
    self.handle_starttag(tag, attrs)
  File "/Users/luis/Desktop/Py/code3/bs4/builder/", line 62, in handle_starttag
    self.soup.handle_starttag(name, None, None, attr_dict)
  File "/Users/luis/Desktop/Py/code3/bs4/", line 404, in handle_starttag
    self.currentTag, self._most_recent_element)
  File "/Users/luis/Desktop/Py/code3/bs4/", line 1001, in __getattr__
    return self.find(tag)
  File "/Users/luis/Desktop/Py/code3/bs4/", line 1238, in find
    l = self.find_all(name, attrs, recursive, text, 1, **kwargs)
  File "/Users/luis/Desktop/Py/code3/bs4/", line 1259, in find_all
    return self._find_all(name, attrs, text, limit, generator, **kwargs)
  File "/Users/luis/Desktop/Py/code3/bs4/", line 516, in _find_all
    strainer = SoupStrainer(name, attrs, text, **kwargs)
  File "/Users/luis/Desktop/Py/code3/bs4/", line 1560, in __init__
    self.text = self._normalize_search_value(text)
  File "/Users/luis/Desktop/Py/code3/bs4/", line 1565, in _normalize_search_value
    if (isinstance(value, str) or isinstance(value, collections.Callable) or hasattr(value, 'match')
AttributeError: module 'collections' has no attribute 'Callable'

I tried already:

to install beautifulsoup using the sudo pip
to download the zip file, unzipped and placed in the same folder

do anyone had the same issue?

Thanks a lot guys!!

Note: im using macOS

Hi, think I am doing the same course and have the same error too. I am using Windows.


It looks like the BS4 library is trying to use a module collections.Callable and not finding it. As of Python 3.3, the Callable base class was moved to, which is maybe why it can’t find it. There has been some built-in support for handling this, but it looks like support has ended as of Python 3.10.

I would check your current version of Python and BS4 (something like python --version and pip freeze from the terminal). Judging by the file paths in your error, it looks like python might be using the unzipped BS4 files and not using the module that you later installed via pip. I don’t know how up-to-date that zipped module is but you could try removing those unzipped files and reinstalling from the official publication on PyPi via pip if need be.

Welcome there,

I’ve edited your post for readability. When you enter a code block into a forum post, please precede it with a separate line of three backticks and follow it with a separate line of three backticks to make it easier to read.

You can also use the “preformatted text” tool in the editor (</>) to add backticks around text.

See this post to find the backtick on your keyboard.
Note: Backticks (`) are not single quotes (’).

Hi, you are right. After searching in the internet, i found the solution to be to amend the code in “bs4 >”,

ie change all “collections.Callable” to "".

it works for me thereafter.