- A hands-on guide to web scraping using Python with solutions to real-world problems
- Create a number of different web scrapers in Python to extract information
- This book includes practical examples on using the popular and well-maintained libraries in Python for your web scraping needs
The Internet contains the most useful set of data ever assembled, most of which is publicly accessible for free. However, this data is not easily usable. It is embedded within the structure and style of websites and needs to be carefully extracted. Web scraping is becoming increasingly useful as a means to gather and make sense of the wealth of information available online.
This book is the ultimate guide to using the latest features of Python 3.x to scrape data from websites. In the early chapters, you’ll see how to extract data from static web pages. You’ll learn to use caching with databases and files to save time and manage the load on servers. After covering the basics, you’ll get hands-on practice building a more sophisticated crawler using browsers, crawlers, and concurrent scrapers.
By the end of the book, you will have explored testing websites with scrapers, remote scraping, best practices, working with images, and many other relevant topics.
What you will learn
- Extract data from web pages with simple Python programming
- Build a concurrent crawler to process web pages in parallel
- Follow links to crawl a website
- Extract features from the HTML
- Cache downloaded HTML for reuse
- Compare concurrent models to determine the fastest crawler
- Interact with forms and sessions
About the Author
Katharine Jarmul is a data scientist and Pythonista based in Berlin, Germany. She runs a data science consulting company, Kjamistan, that provides services such as data extraction, acquisition, and modelling for small and large companies. She has been writing Python since 2008 and scraping the web with Python since 2010, and has worked at both small and large start-ups who use web scraping for data analysis and machine learning. When she's not scraping the web, you can follow her thoughts and activities via Twitter (@kjam)
Richard Lawson is from Australia and studied Computer Science at the University of Melbourne. Since graduating, he built a business specializing in web scraping while travelling the world, working remotely from over 50 countries. He is a fluent Esperanto speaker, conversational in Mandarin and Korean, and active in contributing to and translating open source software. He is currently undertaking postgraduate studies at Oxford University and in his spare time enjoys developing autonomous drones.
Table of Contents
- Scraping the data
- Caching downloads
- Concurrent downloading
- Dynamic content
- Interacting with forms
- Solving CAPTCHA
- Putting it All Together