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The C++ webkit-server from capybara-webkit with useful extensions and Python bindings
C++ Python JavaScript Shell
branch: master


Author: Niklas Baumstark

A standalone version of the Webkit server included in capybara-webkit. It includes a slim Python wrapper and the following improvements over the original version from thoughtbot:

  • Wait command to wait for the current page to load
  • SetAttribute command to configure certain QWebkit settings
  • SetHtml command to load custom HTML into the browser (e.g. to execute scripts on web pages scraped by a static scraper)
  • SetViewportSize command to set the viewport size of the in-memory browser

If you are interested in web scraping using this server, have a look at dryscrape.

Building and Installing

To install the Python binding (this also builds the server and places it into Python's site-package directory):

sudo python install

If you don't need the Python bindings, you can also use the supplied shellscript to build the server only.

Contact, Bugs, Contributions

If you have any problems with this software, don't hesitate to open an issue on Github or open a pull request or write a mail to niklas baumstark at Gmail.


This software is based on capybara-webkit. capybara-webkit is Copyright (c) 2011 thoughtbot, inc. It is free software, and may be redistributed under the terms specified in the LICENSE file.

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