htmltab: Hassle-free HTML tables in R

CRAN status R-CMD-check Project Status: Unsupported – The project has reached a stable, usable state but the author(s) have ceased all work on it. A new maintainer may be desired.

HTML tables are a valuable data source but extracting and recasting these data into a useful format can be tedious. htmltab is a package for extracting structured information from HTML tables. It is similar to readHTMLTable() of the XML package but provides two major advantages:

  1. First, the function automatically expands row and column spans in the header and body cells.
  2. Second, users are given more control over the identification of header and body rows which will end up in the R table.

Additionally, the function preprocesses table code, removes unneeded parts and so helps to alleviate the need for tedious post-processing.


You can install the released version of htmltab from CRAN with:


And the development version from GitHub with:

# install.packages("remotes")


To see htmltab in action, take a look at the case studies in this blog post, the package vignette, or the package manual.