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scrapelib

A Python library for scraping things.

Features include:

  • HTTP, HTTPS, FTP requests via an identical API
  • HTTP caching, compression and cookies
  • redirect following
  • request throttling
  • robots.txt compliance (optional)
  • robust error handling

scrapelib is a project of Sunlight Labs (c) 2011. All code is released under a BSD-style license, see LICENSE for details.

Written by Michael Stephens <mstephens@sunlightfoundation.com> and James Turk <jturk@sunlightfoundation.com>.

Requirements

python >= 2.6

httplib2 optional but highly recommended.

Installation

scrapelib is available on PyPI and can be installed via pip install scrapelib

PyPI package: http://pypi.python.org/pypi/scrapelib

Source: http://github.com/sunlightlabs/scrapelib

Documentation: http://scrapelib.readthedocs.org/en/latest/

Example Usage

import scrapelib
s = scrapelib.Scraper(requests_per_minute=10, allow_cookies=True,
                      follow_robots=True)

# Grab Google front page
s.urlopen('http://google.com')

# Will raise RobotExclusionError
s.urlopen('http://google.com/search')

# Will be throttled to 10 HTTP requests per minute
while True:
    s.urlopen('http://example.com')
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