A simple XML scraper for fuelwatch.wa.gov.au fuel price data.
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Fuelwatcher

A simple python module that scrapes XML data from the government of Western Australia's FuelWatch website that makes parsing a breeze.

Fuelwatch.wa.gov.au provides information on fuel prices by fuel type, location, brand and region within Western Australia. Fuelwatcher will parse the XML from the fuelwatch.wa.gov.au RSS feed giving the developer an easy way to manipulate the information.

Installation

Requires pip to be installed or pip3 dependant on system, or environment.

Python 3 only

pip install fuelwatcher

Usage example

Basic Usage

from fuelwatcher import FuelWatch

api = FuelWatch()

# returns byte string of xml.
api.query(product=2, region=25, day='yesterday')

# iterates over each fuel station entry in the byte string
# and returns list of dictionaries in human readable text
xml_query = api.get_xml

print(xml_query)

>>>> [{'title': '138.5: Puma Bayswater', 'description': 'Address: 502 Guildford Rd, BAYSWATER, Phone: (08) 9379 1322, Open 24 hours', 'brand': 'Puma', 'date': '2018-04-05', 'price': '138.5', 'trading-name': 'Puma Bayswater', 'location': 'BAYSWATER', 'address': '502 Guildford Rd', 'phone': '(08) 9379 1322', 'latitude': '-31.919556', 'longitude': '115.929069', 'site-features': ', Open 24 hours'} ..snip... '}]

# python dictionary parsing
print(xml_query[0]['title'])
>>>> '138.5: Puma Bayswater'

Fuelwatcher can also transform the XML into JSON format. It is as simple as calling the get_json method.

api = FuelWatch()

api.query(region=1)

json_response = api.get_json

>>>> [
>>>>   {
>>>>       "title": "143.9: United Boulder Kalgoorlie",
>>>>       "description": "Address: Cnr Lane St & Davis St, BOULDER, Phone: (08) 9093 1543",
>>>>       "brand": "United",
>>>>       "date": "2018-04-13",
>>>>       "price": "143.9",
>>>>       ... snip ...
>>>>       "longitude": "121.433746",
>>>>       "site-features": "Unmanned Station, "
>>>>   }
>>>> ]

For most operations the get_xml() or get_json() method will be sufficient. If the developer wants to parse the raw RSS XML then the get_raw() method is available. This will return bytes.

get_raw = api.get_raw

print(get_raw)

>>>> (b'<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>\r\n<rss version="2.0"><channel><title>FuelWatch Prices For North of River</title><ttl>720</ttl><link>http://www.fuelwatch.wa.gov.au</link><description>05/04/2018 - North of River</description><language>en-us</language><copyright>Copyright 2005 FuelWatch... snip...</item></channel></rss>\r\n')

print(type(get_raw))

>>>> <class 'bytes'>

The query method takes several keyword arguments. A query without any arguments will return all of today's Unleaded stations in Western Australia.

As guide query takes the following kwargs

def query(self, product: int = None, suburb: str = None, region: int = None, 
            brand: int = None, surrounding: str = None, day: str = None):

Note

If suburb is set then surrounding will default to yes. To get only the suburb, and not surrounding areas an explicit surrounding='no' must be called.

Setting region with suburb and surrounding will have unexpected results and are best not mixed together.

Simply put, if you want just one suburb then set surrounding='no', else leave the default. Only one suburb can be set per query. If a region is selected, do not set surrounding or suburb.

A list of valid suburbs, brands, regions and products (fuel types) can be found in constants.py

Fuelwatcher will run validation on the query method and throw AssertionError if an invalid integer or string is input

api.query(product=20) # product=20 is invalid

>>> .... error snippet....
>>> AssertionError: Invalid Product Integer.

Release History

  • 0.2.1
    • README.md updated
  • 0.2.0
    • Breaking Change!
    • @property added raw, xml and json methods
    • json output now supported
  • 0.1.1
    • Include correct packages in setup.py
  • 0.1.0
    • First release live to PyPi
  • 0.1.0rc2
    • Minor formatting fixes
  • 0.1.0rc1
    • The first release candidate
  • 0.0.1
    • Work in progress

Meta

Daniel Michaels – https://www.danielms.site

Distributed under the MIT license. See LICENSE for more information.

Contributing

All requests, ideas or improvements are welcomed!

  1. Fork it
  2. Create your feature branch (git checkout -b feature/fooBar)
  3. Commit your changes (git commit -am 'Add some fooBar')
  4. Push to the branch (git push origin feature/fooBar)
  5. Create a new Pull Request

Inspired by..

A local python meetup group idea that turned into a PyPi package for anyone to use!