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Node.js module to scrape application data from the Google Play store.

Related projects

  • app-store-scraper: a scraper with a similar interface for the iTunes app store.
  • aso: an App Store Optimization module built on top of this library.
  • google-play-api: a RESTful API to consume the data produced by this library.

Installation

npm install google-play-scraper

Usage

Available methods:

  • app: Retrieves the full detail of an application.
  • list: Retrieves a list of applications from one of the collections at Google Play.
  • search: Retrieves a list of apps that results of searching by the given term.
  • developer: Returns the list of applications by the given developer name.
  • suggest: Given a string returns up to five suggestion to complete a search query term.
  • reviews: Retrieves a page of reviews for a specific application.
  • similar: Returns a list of similar apps to the one specified.
  • permissions: Returns the list of permissions an app has access to.
  • categories: Retrieve a full list of categories present from dropdown menu on Google Play.

app

Retrieves the full detail of an application. Options:

  • appId: the Google Play id of the application (the ?id= parameter on the url).
  • lang (optional, defaults to 'en'): the two letter language code in which to fetch the app page.
  • country (optional, defaults to 'us'): the two letter country code used to retrieve the applications. Needed when the app is available only in some countries.

Example:

var gplay = require('google-play-scraper');

gplay.app({appId: 'com.dxco.pandavszombies'})
  .then(console.log, console.log);

Results:

{ appId: 'com.dxco.pandavszombies',
  url: 'https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.dxco.pandavszombies&hl=en&gl=us'
  title: 'Panda vs Zombies',
  description: 'Panda, my friend, Panda is the answer. But not any Panda: Rocky the Panda!',
  descriptionHTML: 'Panda, my friend, Panda is the answer. But not any Panda: <b>Rocky the Panda!</b>',
  summary: 'Help Rocky the Panda warrior to fight zombie games and save the Panda kind.',
  installs: '10,000+',
  minInstalls: 10000,
  score: 4.5025907,
  scoreText: '4.5',
  ratings: 386,
  reviews: 168,
  histogram: { '1': 14, '2': 11, '3': 26, '4': 51, '5': 284 },
  price: 0,
  free: true,
  currency: 'USD',
  priceText: 'Free',
  offersIAP: false,
  size: '34M',
  androidVersion: '2.3',
  androidVersionText: '2.3 and up',
  developer: 'DxCo Games',
  developerId: 'DxCo+Games',
  developerEmail: 'dxcogames@gmail.com',
  developerWebsite: 'http://www.dxco-games.com/',
  developerAddress: undefined,
  genre: 'Action',
  genreId: 'GAME_ACTION',
  familyGenre: undefined,
  familyGenreId: undefined,
  icon: 'https://lh6.ggpht.com/5mI27oolnooL__S3ns9qAf_6TsFNExMtUAwTKz6prWCxEmVkmZZZwe3lI-ZLbMawEJh3',
  headerImage: 'https://lh4.ggpht.com/kKfRICvVTCikV4MLqsP0kWEth2F-I1Qt4jxMdklOdE2r8AmtrE-Umn6_WH_cGExXnjk-',
  screenshots: [ 'https://lh5.ggpht.com/gD8L81t4CFKI21aOVkSnfVHioInwnt0XxMMWA-dBB2aU5bk3UfxGn8Hcq_KxcM6m430'],
  video: 'https://www.youtube.com/embed/PFGj-W8Pe5s?ps=play&vq=large&rel=0&autohide=1&showinfo=0',
  videoImage: 'https://i.ytimg.com/vi/PFGj-W8Pe5s/hqdefault.jpg',
  contentRating: 'Mature 17+',
  contentRatingDescription: 'Violence, Blood and Gore',
  adSupported: true,
  released: 'Feb 27, 2015',
  updated: 1432677999000,
  version: '1.4',
  recentChanges: '- Added a hint system<br>- Added share option in level finished',
  comments: [ 'Great!', 'PvZ', 'LOL', 'Zombie killer', 'Una pasada' ]
  }

list

Retrieve a list of applications from one of the collections at Google Play. Options:

  • collection (optional, defaults to collection.TOP_FREE): the Google Play collection that will be retrieved. Available options can bee found here.
  • category (optional, defaults to no category): the app category to filter by. Available options can bee found here.
  • age (optional, defaults to no age filter): the age range to filter the apps (only for FAMILY and its subcategories). Available options are age.FIVE_UNDER, age.SIX_EIGHT, age.NINE_UP.
  • num (optional, defaults to 60, max is 120): the amount of apps to retrieve.
  • start (optional, defaults to 0, max is 500): the starting index of the retrieved list.
  • lang (optional, defaults to 'en'): the two letter language code used to retrieve the applications.
  • country (optional, defaults to 'us'): the two letter country code used to retrieve the applications.
  • fullDetail (optional, defaults to false): if true, an extra request will be made for every resulting app to fetch its full detail.

Example:

var gplay = require('google-play-scraper');

gplay.list({
    category: gplay.category.GAME_ACTION,
    collection: gplay.collection.TOP_FREE,
    num: 2
  })
  .then(console.log, console.log);

Results:

 [ { url: 'https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.playappking.busrush',
    appId: 'com.playappking.busrush',
    summary: 'Bus Rush is an amazing running game for Android! Start running now!',
    developer: 'Play App King',
    developerId: '6375024885749937863',
    title: 'Bus Rush',
    icon: 'https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/R6hmyJ6ls6wskk5hHFoW02yEyJpSG36il4JBkVf-Aojb1q4ZJ9nrGsx6lwsRtnTqfA=w340',
    score: 3.9,
    scoreText: '3.9',
    priceText: 'Free',
    free: false },
  { url: 'https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.yodo1.crossyroad',
    appId: 'com.yodo1.crossyroad',
    title: 'Crossy Road',
    summary: 'Embark on an action arcade, endless runner journey!',
    developer: 'Yodo1 Games',
    developerId: 'Yodo1+Games',
    icon: 'https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/doHqbSPNekdR694M-4rAu9P2B3V6ivff76fqItheZGJiN4NBw6TrxhIxCEpqgO3jKVg=w340',
    score: 4.5,
    scoreText: '4.5',
    priceText: 'Free',
    free: false } ]

search

Retrieves a list of apps that results of searching by the given term. Options:

  • term: the term to search by.
  • num (optional, defaults to 20, max is 250): the amount of apps to retrieve.
  • lang (optional, defaults to 'en'): the two letter language code used to retrieve the applications.
  • country (optional, defaults to 'us'): the two letter country code used to retrieve the applications.
  • fullDetail (optional, defaults to false): if true, an extra request will be made for every resulting app to fetch its full detail.
  • price (optional, defaults to all): allows to control if the results apps are free, paid or both.
    • all: Free and paid
    • free: Free apps only
    • paid: Paid apps only

Example:

var gplay = require('google-play-scraper');

gplay.search({
    term: "panda",
    num: 2
  }).then(console.log, console.log);

Results:

[ { url: 'https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.snailgameusa.tp',
    appId: 'com.snailgameusa.tp',
    summary: 'An exciting action adventure RPG of Panda proportions!',
    title: 'Taichi Panda',
    developer: 'Snail Games USA',
    developerId: 'Snail+Games+USA+Inc',
    icon: 'https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/g8RMjpRk9yetsui4g5lxnioAFwtgoKUJDBnb2knJMrOaLOtHrwU1qYkb-PadbL0Zmg=w340',
    score: 4.1,
    scoreText: '4.1',
    priceText: 'Free',
    free: true },
  { url: 'https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sgn.pandapop.gp',
    appId: 'com.sgn.pandapop.gp',
    summary: 'Plan your every pop to rescue baby pandas from the evil Baboon!',
    title: 'Panda Pop',
    developer: 'SGN',
    developerId: '5509190841173705883',
    icon: 'https://lh5.ggpht.com/uAAUBzEHtD_-mTxomL2wFxb5VSdtNllk9M4wjVdTGMD8pH79RtWGYQYrrtfVTjq7PV7M=w340',
    score: 4.2,
    scoreText: '4.2',
    priceText: 'Free',
    free: true } ]

developer

Returns the list of applications by the given developer name. Options:

  • devId: the name of the developer.
  • lang (optional, defaults to 'en'): the two letter language code in which to fetch the app list.
  • country (optional, defaults to 'us'): the two letter country code used to retrieve the applications. Needed when the app is available only in some countries.
  • num (optional, defaults to 60): the amount of apps to retrieve.
  • fullDetail (optional, defaults to false): if true, an extra request will be made for every resulting app to fetch its full detail.

Example:

var gplay = require('google-play-scraper');

gplay.developer({devId: "DxCo Games"}).then(console.log);

Results:

[ { url: 'https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.dxco.pandavszombies2',
    appId: 'com.dxco.pandavszombies2',
    title: 'Panda vs Zombie 2 Panda\'s back',
    summary: 'Help Rocky the Panda warrior to fight zombies again!',
    developer: 'DxCo Games',
    developerId: 'DxCo+Games',
    icon: 'https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/kFco0LtC7ICP0QrtpkF-QQahU-iwuDgEsH0AClQcHwtzsO5-8BGTf8QgR6dlCLxqBLc=w340',
    score: 3.9,
    scoreText: '3.9',
    priceText: 'Free',
    free: true },
  { url: 'https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.dxco.pandavszombies',
    appId: 'com.dxco.pandavszombies',
    title: 'Panda vs Zombie: panda ftw',
    summary: 'Help Rocky the Panda warrior to fight zombie games and save the Panda kind.',
    developer: 'DxCo Games',
    developerId: 'DxCo+Games',
    icon: 'https://lh6.ggpht.com/5mI27oolnooL__S3ns9qAf_6TsFNExMtUAwTKz6prWCxEmVkmZZZwe3lI-ZLbMawEJh3=w340',
    score: 4.5,
    scoreText: '4.5',
    priceText: 'Free',
    free: true } ]

suggest

Given a string returns up to five suggestion to complete a search query term. Options:

  • term: the term to get suggestions for.
  • lang (optional, defaults to 'en'): the two letter language code used to retrieve the suggestions.
  • country (optional, defaults to 'us'): the two letter country code used to retrieve the suggestions.

Example:

var gplay = require('google-play-scraper');

gplay.suggest({term: 'panda'}).then(console.log);

Results:

[ 'panda pop',
  'panda',
  'panda games',
  'panda run',
  'panda pop for free' ]

reviews

Retrieves a page of reviews for a specific application.

Note that this method returns reviews in a specific language (english by default), so you need to try different languages to get more reviews. Also, the counter displayed in the Google Play page refers to the total number of 1-5 stars ratings the application has, not the written reviews count. So if the app has 100k ratings, don't expect to get 100k reviews by using this method.

Options:

  • appId: Unique application id for Google Play. (e.g. id=com.mojang.minecraftpe maps to Minecraft: Pocket Edition game).
  • lang (optional, defaults to 'en'): the two letter language code in which to fetch the reviews.
  • sort (optional, defaults to sort.NEWEST): The way the reviews are going to be sorted. Accepted values are: sort.NEWEST, sort.RATING and sort.HELPFULNESS.
  • page (optional, defaults to 0): Number of page that contains reviews. Every page has 40 reviews at most.

Example:

var gplay = require('google-play-scraper');

gplay.reviews({
  appId: 'com.mojang.minecraftpe',
  page: 0,
  sort: gplay.sort.RATING
}).then(console.log, console.log);

Results:

[ { id: 'gp:AOqpTOFmAVORqfWGcaqfF39ftwFjGkjecjvjXnC3g_uL0NtVGlrrqm8X2XUWx0WydH3C9afZlPUizYVZAfARLuk',
    userName: 'Inga El-Ansary',
    userImage: 'https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-hBGvzn3XlhQ/AAAAAAAAAAI/AAAAAAAAOw0/L4GY9KrQ-DU/w96-c-h96/photo.jpg',
    date: 'June 7, 2015',
    score: 5,
    scoreText: '5',
    url: 'https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.dxco.pandavszombies&reviewId=Z3A6QU9xcFRPRWZaVHVZZ081NlNsRW9TV0hJeklGSTBvYTBTUlFQUUJIZThBSGJDX2s1Y1o0ZXRCbUtLZmgzTE1PMUttRmpRSS1YcFgxRmx1ZXNtVzlVS0Zz'
    title: 'I LOVE IT',
    text: 'It has skins and snowballs everything I wanted its so cool I love it!!!!!!!!',
    replyDate: 'June 9, 2015',
    replyText: 'thanks for playing Panda vs Zombies!' },
{   id: 'gp:AOqpTOF39mpW-6gurlkCCTV_8qnKne7O5wcFsLc6iGVot5hHpplqPCqIiVL2fjximXNujuMjwQ4pkizxGrn13x0',
    userName: 'Millie Hawthorne',
    userImage: 'https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-Q_FTAEBH2Qg/AAAAAAAAAAI/AAAAAAAAAZk/W5dTdaHCUE4/w96-c-h96/photo.jpg',
    date: 'January 24, 2015',
    url: 'https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.dxco.pandavszombies&reviewId=Z3A6QU9xcFRPRmFHdlBFS2pGS2JVYW5Dd3kxTm1qUzRxQlYyc3Z4ZE9CYXRuc0hkclV3a09hbEFkOVdoWmw3eFN5VjF4cDJPLTg5TW5ZUjl1Zm9HOWc5NGtr',
    score: 5,
    scoreText: '5',
    title: 'CAN NEVER WAIT TILL NEW UPDATE',
    text: 'Love it but needs to pay more attention to pocket edition',
    replyDate: undefined,
    replyText: undefined } ]

similar

Returns a list of similar apps to the one specified. Options:

  • appId: the Google Play id of the application to get similar apps for.
  • lang (optional, defaults to 'en'): the two letter language code in which to fetch the app list.
  • fullDetail (optional, defaults to false): if true, an extra request will be made for every resulting app to fetch its full detail.

Example:

var gplay = require('google-play-scraper');

gplay.similar({appId: "com.dxco.pandavszombies"}).then(console.log);

Results:

[ { url: 'https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.creative.rambo',
    appId: 'com.creative.rambo',
    summary: 'Rambo - The Mobile Game',
    developer: 'Creative Distribution Ltd',
    developerId: '8812103738509382093',
    icon: '//lh3.googleusercontent.com/QDRAv7v4LSCfZgz3GIbOSz8Zj8rWqeeYuqqYiqyQXkxRJwG7vvUltzsFaWK5D7-JMnIZ=w340',
    score: 3.3,
    scoreText: '3.3',
    priceText: '$2.16',
    free: false } ]

permissions

Returns the list of permissions an app has access to.

  • appId: the Google Play id of the application to get permissions for.
  • lang (optional, defaults to 'en'): the two letter language code in which to fetch the permissions.
  • short (optional, defaults to false): if true, the permission names will be returned instead of permission/description objects.

Example:

var gplay = require('google-play-scraper');

gplay.permissions({appId: "com.dxco.pandavszombies"}).then(console.log);

Results:

[ { permission: 'modify or delete the contents of your USB storage',
    description: 'Allows the app to write to the USB storage.' },
  { permission: 'read the contents of your USB storage',
    description: 'Allows the app to read the contents of your USB storage.' },
  { permission: 'full network access',
    description: 'Allows the app to create network sockets and use custom network protocols. The browser and other applications provide means to send data to the internet, so this permission is not required to send data to the internet.' },
  { permission: 'view network connections',
    description: 'Allows the app to view information about network connections such as which networks exist and are connected.' } ]

categories

Retrieve a full list of categories present from dropdown menu on Google Play.

  • this method has no options

Example:

var gplay = require('google-play-scraper');

gplay.categories().then(console.log);

Results:

[ 'AUTO_AND_VEHICLES',
  'LIBRARIES_AND_DEMO',
  'LIFESTYLE',
  'MAPS_AND_NAVIGATION',
  'BEAUTY',
  'BOOKS_AND_REFERENCE',
  ...< 51 more items> ]

Memoization

Since every library call performs one or multiple requests to an Google Play API or web page, sometimes it can be useful to cache the results to avoid requesting the same data twice. The memoized function returns a store object that caches its results:

var store = require('google-play-scraper'); // regular non caching version
var memoized = require('google-play-scraper').memoized(); // cache with default options
var memoizedCustom = require('google-play-scraper').memoized({ maxAge: 1000 * 60 }); // cache with customized options

// first call will hit google play and cache the results
memoized.developer({devId: "DxCo Games"}).then(console.log);

// second call will return cached results
memoized.developer({devId: "DxCo Games"}).then(console.log);

The options available are those supported by the memoizee module. By default up to 1000 values are cached by each method and they expire after 5 minutes.

Throttling

All methods on the scraper have to access the Google Play server in one form or another. When making too many requests in a short period of time (specially when using the fullDetail option), is common to hit Google Play's throttling limit. That means requests start getting status 503 responses with a captcha to verify if the requesting entity is a human (which is not :P). In those cases the requesting IP can be banned from making further requests for a while (usually around an hour).

To avoid this situation, all methods now support a throttle property, which defines an upper bound to the amount of requests that will be attempted per second. Once that limit is reached, further requests will be held until the second passes.

var gplay = require('google-play-scraper');

// the following method will perform batches of 10 requests per second
gplay.search({term: 'panda', throttle: 10}).then(console.log);

By default, no throttling is applied.