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You didn't write that awful page. You're just trying to get some data out of it. Beautiful Soup is here to help. Since 2004, it's been saving programmers hours or days of work on quick-turnaround screen scraping projects. If you have questions, send them to the discussion group. If you find a bug, file it. Beautiful Soup is a Python library designed for quick turnaround projects like screen-scraping. Beautiful Soup provides a few simple methods and Pythonic idioms for navigating, searching, and modifying a parse tree: a toolkit for dissecting a document and extracting what you need. Beautiful Soup parses anything you give it, and does the tree traversal stuff for you. Valuable data that was once locked up in poorly-designed websites is now within your reach. Interested? Download Beautiful Soup The current release is Beautiful Soup 4.6.0 (May 7, 2017). In Debian and Ubuntu, Beautiful Soup is available as the python-bs4 package (for Python 2) or the python3-bs4 package (for Python 3).

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Beautiful Soup Documentation — Beautiful Soup 4.2.0 documentation Beautiful Soup is a Python library for pulling data out of HTML and XML files. It works with your favorite parser to provide idiomatic ways of navigating, searching, and modifying the parse tree. It commonly saves programmers hours or days of work. These instructions illustrate all major features of Beautiful Soup 4, with examples. I show you what the library is good for, how it works, how to use it, how to make it do what you want, and what to do when it violates your expectations.

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An Introduction to Compassionate Screen Scraping Screen scraping is the art of programatically extracting data from websites. If you think it's useful: it is. If you think it's difficult: it isn't. And if you think it's easy to really piss off administrators with ill-considered scripts, you're damn right. I Don’t Need No Stinking API: Web Scraping For Fun and Profit If you’ve ever needed to pull data from a third party website, chances are you started by checking to see if they had an official API. But did you know that there’s a source of structured data that virtually every website on the internet supports automatically, by default? That’s right, we’re talking about pulling our data straight out of HTML — otherwise known as web scraping.

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110% Easier Web Scraping With The Yahoo Query Language Library I've been examining and evaluating web scraping frameworks for Python over the last month and have found a few really good ones. The issue that I've been having though is they require too much time and effort for most people who simply want to perform quick and dirty scraping operations for small personal projects. Today while surfing dzone I found a library that I think is way better for the needs of the majority of script writers; Yahoo Query Language. "The Yahoo! Query Language is an expressive SQL-like language that lets you query, filter, and join data across Web services.

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Ultimate Guide to Web… by Hartley Brody Hopefully you learned a thing or two from my article I Don’t Need No Stinking API: Web Scraping For Fun and Profit. Due to the popularity of that article — almost 100,000 views — I decided to write an even more detailed survey of the field, full of all the web scraping tips and tricks I've picked up. The goal of the book — The Ultimate Guide to Web Scraping — is to hone your skills and help you become master craftsman in the art of web scraping. Learn Python The Hard Way Welcome to the 3rd Edition of Learn Python the Hard Way. You can visit the companion site to the book at where you can purchase digital downloads and paper versions of the book. The free HTML version of the book is available at Table Of Contents Common Student Questions

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