# Scraping data from a table in python

I'm new to python, and after doing a few tutorials, some about scraping, I been trying some simple scrapping on my own. Using beautifulsoup I manage to get data from webpages where everything has labels, but without them I'm doing a poor job.

I'm trying to get the dollar exchange rate from: http://www.bancochile.cl/cgi-bin/cgi_mone?pagina=inversiones/mon_tasa/cgi_mone

The value I'm after is highlighted in yellow

After a lot of trial and error, I manage to get the dollar exchange rate, but I think there has to be a better way.

import requests
from bs4 import BeautifulSoup

page = requests.get("http://www.bancochile.cl/cgi-bin /cgi_mone?pagina=inversiones/mon_tasa/cgi_mone")
soup = BeautifulSoup(page.content, 'html.parser')

tables = soup.find_all("table")
dollar = tables[4].find_all("td")

print(dollar[5].string)


Is there a better, or more correct way to do this? Also, I'm not sure if the problem is in the way I coded, or in not being able to better understand the html structure, to navigate to the information in a more efficient way.

The markup is definitely not easy to parse because of the nested table elements with no meaningful attributes. But, you are right that relying on relative index of a table and the desired cell being the 6th in the table is quite a fragile strategy.
Instead, let's use the row title as our "anchor". Then, we'll get the following cell via the .find_next_sibling():
DESIRED_MONEDAS = "DOLAR USA"