I am using xidel command to extract text from HTML page. Here is my code

  xidel  http://www.ip-adress.com/ip_tracer/ --extract "<table>
  <tr> </tr>
  <tr> <th> {$field1} </th> <td> ${field2} </td> </tr>
   <td> </td>

I have used template method. When I run this code. I don't get error nor any output at the terminal. This is what I get after executing this code

    **** Retrieving (GET): http://www.ip-adress.com/ip_tracer/ ****
    **** Processing: http://www.ip-adress.com/ip_tracer/ ****
     ** Current variable state: **

and returns me the $ prompt. I want to know whether the output is stored in any variable?

1 Answer 1


The examples given for xidel make it apparent that it writes to the standard output. If you want to capture that information, you must redirect the standard output to a file, or to a shell variable yourself.

For instance, example 10 does this to set variables in bash:

eval "$(xidel http://site -e 'title:=//title' -e 'links:=//a/@href' --output-format bash)"

There is a note at the bottom of the examples pointing to a readme file for xidel (apparently the documentation as such).

  • So here is the solution. Backslashing $field1 and $field2 gives the output.<tr> <th> {\$field1} </th> <td> ${\field2} </td> </tr> Nov 10, 2015 at 17:40

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