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Welcome to Cheerio!

Let's get a quick overview of Cheerio in less than 5 minutes.

Getting Started

Let's install Cheerio and its dependencies.

Setting up Node.js

To install Cheerio, you will need to have Node.js installed on your system.

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Installing Cheerio

Once you have set up Node.js, you can use the following command to install Cheerio:

npm install cheerio

Importing Cheerio

Once Cheerio is installed, you can import it into your JavaScript code using the import statement:

import * as cheerio from 'cheerio';

If you are on an older environment (or prefer using CommonJS), you can use the require function:

const cheerio = require('cheerio');

Using Cheerio

After importing Cheerio, you can start using it to manipulate and scrape web page data.

Loading a Document

The easiest way of loading HTML is to use the load function:

const $ = cheerio.load('<h2 class="title">Hello world</h2>');

This will load the HTML string into Cheerio and return a Cheerio object. You can then use this object to traverse the DOM and manipulate the data.

Learn more about loading documents.


Cheerio is not a web browser. Cheerio parses markup and provides an API for traversing/manipulating the resulting data structure. It does not interpret the result as a web browser does. Specifically, it does not produce a visual rendering, apply CSS, load external resources, or execute JavaScript which is common for a SPA (single page application). This makes Cheerio much, much faster than other solutions. If your use case requires any of this functionality, you should consider browser automation software like Puppeteer and Playwright or DOM emulation projects like JSDom.

Selecting Elements

Once you have loaded a document, you can use the returned function to select elements from the document.

Here, we will select the h2 element with the class title, and then get the text from it:

$('h2.title').text(); // "Hello world"

Learn more about selecting elements.

Traversing the DOM

The $ function returns a Cheerio object, which is similar to an array of DOM elements. It is possible to use this object as a starting point to further traverse the DOM. For example, you can use the find function to select elements within the selected elements:


There are many other functions that can be used to traverse the DOM. Learn more about traversing the DOM.

Manipulating Elements

Once you have selected an element, you can use the Cheerio object to manipulate the element.

Here, we will select the h2 element with the class title, and then change the text inside it. We also add a new h3 element to the document:

$('h2.title').text('Hello there!');

$('h2').after('<h3>How are you?</h3>');

Learn more about manipulating elements.