Java – Remove HTML tags from a String


Is there a good way to remove HTML from a Java string? A simple regex like

replaceAll("\\<.*?>", "") 

will work, but things like &amp; wont be converted correctly and non-HTML between the two angle brackets will be removed (i.e. the .*? in the regex will disappear).

Best Solution

Use a HTML parser instead of regex. This is dead simple with Jsoup.

public static String html2text(String html) {
    return Jsoup.parse(html).text();

Jsoup also supports removing HTML tags against a customizable whitelist, which is very useful if you want to allow only e.g. <b>, <i> and <u>.

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