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Feature: Ability to filter extracted links by tag's text value #3622

matthieucham opened this issue Feb 12, 2019 · 2 comments

Feature: Ability to filter extracted links by tag's text value #3622

matthieucham opened this issue Feb 12, 2019 · 2 comments


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@matthieucham matthieucham commented Feb 12, 2019

This is a very simple feature that I happen to have to develop in my Scrapy-based project because I found no built-in acceptable way to do it. Now I am offering to push this little piece of evolution into the Scrapy codebase:

In FilteringLinkExtractor, you can filter links whose url (href attribute's value) match a given regex, which is really helpful. However, it's not always sufficient. For instance, I once wanted to crawl a website where all urls look the same (some random uuid) but I only wanted to follow some : the ones with some special keyword in the text value of the tag. Like this:
<a href=">Pick me!</a>
<a href=">Not !</a>
<a href=">Do pick me please !</a>
And my crawler had to follow the links having the word "pick" in their text.
To handle this case, I developed an extension of the FilteringLinkExtractor with an additional argument filter_text=
The value of this arg is handled the same way as the allow= arg of the constructor, except, it works on the text() value of the tag instead of its href attribute.

So what do you think ? Would it be a positive addition to the features of the link extractor ? Or did I miss an already existing way to do what I wanted in the first place ?


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@matthieucham matthieucham commented Feb 22, 2019

Implemented in the pull request above, the additional arg is actually named restrict_text and has for value a regex or a list of (same as args allow, deny)
Feel free to review and give feedback.

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@Gallaecio Gallaecio commented Mar 15, 2019

Closed by #3635.

@Gallaecio Gallaecio closed this Mar 15, 2019
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