PyChromeDevTools is a python module that allows one to interact with Google Chrome using Chrome DevTools Protocol within a Python script.
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PyChromeDevTools

1. Description

PyChromeDevTools is a python module that allows one to interact with Google Chrome using Chrome DevTools Protocol within a Python script. To use this tool, you must run an instance of Google Chrome with the remote-debugging option, like in the following example.

google-chrome --remote-debugging-port=9222

You may want to enable further Chrome benchmarking capabilities using the --enable-benchmarking and --enable-net-benchmarking options. You can run Chrome in headless mode using the option --headless.

For information about this Readme file and this tool please write to martino.trevisan@polito.it

2. Prerequisites and Installation

Very few dependencies must be satisfied: an updated Google-Chrome version and the python packages requests and websocket. You can install them using the pip tool.

You can install PyChromeDevTools issuing the git command:

git clone https://github.com/marty90/PyChromeDevTools

Or, better, you install it and its dependencies by using pip:

sudo pip3 install PyChromeDevTools

3. Operation

3.1 Init

In your python script, as first, you must create a ChromeInterface object, like in the following:

chrome = PyChromeDevTools.ChromeInterface()

You can specify the host and the port of Chrome manually writing:

chrome = PyChromeDevTools.ChromeInterface(host="1.1.1.1",port=1234)

By default it uses localhost:9222.

You can connect directly to a targetID using the method connect_targetID. You must pass the targetID as parameter to this function. In this case, you avoid querying the json and finding the tab id.

3.1 Run commands

To send a command to Chrome, just invoke the corresponding method on the ChromeInterface object, and pass the desired parameters. For example, to visit a page write:

chrome.Page.navigate(url="http://example.com/")

The return value of the command is passed as return value of the function, already interpreted as JSON.

3.1 Receive Events

Chrome sends back messages for particular events in the browser. You can get them in three ways; they are returned already interpreted as JSON. All unread events are erased before any new command is run.

a) You can pop one message from the queue of received ones writing:

message=chrome.wait_message()

The method accepts an optional parameter timeout which is the value in seconds after which it gives up and returns None. Default is 1.

b) You can wait for a specific event writing:

matching_event,all_events=chrome.wait_event(event_name)

It waits until an event with the name event_name arrives, or a timeout elapses. matching_event contains the first found event that has event_name, while all_events contains all events arrived before. Timeout value can be configured as in the previous method.

c) You can get all already received messages writing:

messages=chrome.pop_messages()

This method is not blocking, and, thus, no timeout is used.

4. Examples

4.1 Page Loading Time

import PyChromeDevTools
import time

chrome = PyChromeDevTools.ChromeInterface()
chrome.Network.enable()
chrome.Page.enable()

start_time=time.time()
chrome.Page.navigate(url="http://www.google.com/")
chrome.wait_event("Page.loadEventFired", timeout=60)
end_time=time.time()

print ("Page Loading Time:", end_time-start_time)

4.2 Print all installed cookies

import PyChromeDevTools
import time

chrome = PyChromeDevTools.ChromeInterface()
chrome.Network.enable()
chrome.Page.enable()

chrome.Page.navigate(url="http://www.nytimes.com/")
chrome.wait_event("Page.frameStoppedLoading", timeout=60)

#Wait last objects to load
time.sleep(5)

cookies=chrome.Network.getCookies()
for cookie in cookies["result"]["cookies"]:
    print ("Cookie:")
    print ("\tDomain:", cookie["domain"])
    print ("\tKey:", cookie["name"])
    print ("\tValue:", cookie["value"])
    print ("\n")

4.3 Print all object URLs of a page

import PyChromeDevTools

chrome = PyChromeDevTools.ChromeInterface()
chrome.Network.enable()
chrome.Page.enable()

chrome.Page.navigate(url="http://www.facebook.com")
event,messages=chrome.wait_event("Page.frameStoppedLoading", timeout=60)

for m in messages:
    if "method" in m and m["method"] == "Network.responseReceived":
        try:
            url=m["params"]["response"]["url"]
            print (url)
        except:
            pass