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Extract HTML Drop Down Menu Contents

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Ever wondered/wanted to extract the list in a drop down menu on a web site that has fixed values, well i have and as an HTML dummie first i started searching the web for tools to do so and then i thought about checking the page source code so that maybe i could find some link where i can get the list and then i started searching the code for some text matching my keywords and while searching i found the whole list right there embedded inside the code. Afterwards i thought i must share this peace of information with people on hubpages so as they may find it useful some time also thought about making some kind of tool that could so as to make easier for users to get lists in text files or so. Anyway I hope that whoever reads this hub finds it useful enough. Below is an example/application for what i'm saying on one of Bud Spencer & Terence Hill Fan Sites which contained a drop down list with their english movies and that's where i wanted to export this list to a text file so i could get the movies, the sample will be explained for IE and Firefox. Over n Out.

Here's How to Do it using Internet Explorer

  1. Open the target website where the dorop down list is (e.g. http://www.xs4all.nl/~hopmans/BHlang.htm)
  2. Press on the View menu from the Menu Bar
  3. Choose Source
  4. The HTML Source Code will open in a notepad window
  5. Start searching for the desired keyword using find by pressing CTRL + F in the notepad window
  6. Once you find the text enlisted in the drop down menu just copy the text to another text file.
  7. Enjoy. 

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Here's How to Do it using Mozilla Firefox

  1. Open the target website where the dorop down list is (e.g. http://www.xs4all.nl/~hopmans/BHlang.htm)
  2. Press on the View menu from the Menu Bar
  3. Choose Page Source
  4. The HTML Source Code will open in a new firefox window
  5. Start searching for the desired keyword using find by pressing CTRL + F in the firefox window 
  6. Once you find the text enlisted in the drop down menu just copy the text to another text file.
  7. Enjoy.

 

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Comments

umer on January 03, 2016:

good :) 100% work for me

SimonSamir (author) from Cairo, Egypt on October 02, 2014:

And why is that Vineet?

Vineet on October 01, 2014:

You are a moron

SimonSamir (author) from Cairo, Egypt on December 23, 2013:

will check some way and get back

Karam Rajab on December 23, 2013:

Hi;

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please look at the second drop down menu... it does not update on the source when you change cities...

thanks!

SimonSamir (author) from Cairo, Egypt on December 23, 2013:

Karam. please send me the link?

Karam Rajab on December 23, 2013:

Good post!

however, I have two drop down menus, content of the second is dependent on whatever item chosen from the first... when I view page source, it does not update as I change the option selected from the first menu.

SimonSamir (author) from Cairo, Egypt on May 09, 2013:

ms excel should simplify this task

Simon on May 09, 2013:

copy all info in drop down bar.

Anyway, now i got to filter it.. :(

Thank you! on April 04, 2012:

This is exactly what I needed. Thank you!!

SimonSamir (author) from Cairo, Egypt on March 19, 2009:

I just feel happy you guys liked this as its actually my first Hub and i thought i should share something that not much people may know and may make use out of it as i like very much sharing information specially technical and scientific sort of information, anyway I'll try to figure out one for mutli-connected dropdowns and i guess i mentioned that in the intro of the hub and i don't think i can get it unless i sort of hack the website itself or even put my hand on its resources (code, style sheets , csv, etc...) without or without a tool.

guest on March 15, 2009:

Thanks, figured this one out too, but still looking for solution for multiple dropdowns, where the contents of another dropdown are dynamically linked to what you choose in the first one. Can only find the first one in the HTML source, the rest seems to be pulling from a database or csv on the server. I'm thinking some kind of crawl & extract is needed, but looking for a tool to do it. Back to it.

alexd181 on December 26, 2008:

Good stuff.