[Solved] Python – AttributeError: ‘NoneType’ object has no attribute ‘get_text’

I am following some tutorial for bs4. I am trying to get_text() for below example with ‘a’. Tutorial return result McDermott International and MDR without problem. But when I do I got AttributeError: ‘NoneType’ object has no attribute ‘get_text’. Please help. Many thanks!

with open('Energy.htm') as f:
    soup = BeautifulSoup(f,"lxml")
energylist = soup.find_all('td', {"style" : "text-align:left;"})
for stock in energylist:
    try:
        stock_name = stock.find('a').get_text()
    except:
        stock_name = ''

#sample of the energylist
[<td style="text-align:left;">
<a href="/finance?q=NYSE:MDR&amp;ei=nblKWaDrOs7AmgH0l7S4Bg">McDermott 
International</a>
</td>, <td style="text-align:left;">
<a href="/finance?q=NYSE:MDR&amp;ei=nblKWaDrOs7AmgH0l7S4Bg">MDR</a>
</td>, <td style="text-align:left;">
<a href="/finance?q=NYSE:EQT&amp;ei=nblKWaDrOs7AmgH0l7S4Bg">EQT</a>
</td>, <td colspan="8" style="text-align:left;">
Companies <b>1 - 20</b> of about <b>476</b> in <b>Energy</b> 
</td>]
Enquirer: David

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Solution #1:

It would seem energylist has some tags that do not contain the anchor tag within them. You’ll need to add a condition to handle those gracefully:

for stock in energylist:
    try:
        stock_name = stock.find('a').get_text()
        ... # more code
    except AttributeError:
        pass
Respondent: David

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