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Crawling with Scrapy – Login to Websites

There are situations when you have to be logged in to access the data you are after. When using scrapy it should not discourage you because scrapy deals with login forms and cookies easily. Be aware that when you need to login to reach the data it is not accessible…

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Crawling with Scrapy – Scrapy Cloud

  As I always say web scraping is really useful and inevitable sometimes. Making raw web data useful is very important nowadays. If you’ve followed my Scrapy tutorial series you already know how to scrape hundreds of thousands of pages with Scrapy. (If you don’t click the link) Another great…

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Crawling with Scrapy – How to Debug Your Spider

When you write a software it’s obvious that sooner or later there will be a function or method which doesn’t work as you expected or doesn’t work at all. It’s the same when you code a web scraper and it doesn’t scrape a piece of data or the response you…

Crawling with Scrapy – ItemLoader

Item Loaders are used to populate your items. Earlier, you learnt how to create Scrapy Items and store your scraped data in them. Essentially, Item Loaders provide a way to populate these Items and run any input or output process you want alongside. Maybe you need to parse the scraped…

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Crawling with Scrapy – Exporting Json and CSV

If you’ve had a look at my previous posts in this Scrapy series now you have an idea how to scrape data from a page and how to follow links with Scrapy. The real beauty in web scraping is actually to be able to use the scraped data. In most…

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How to Install Beautifulsoup on Ubuntu & Windows

The first time I tried to install beautifulsoup to scrape the web on my Ubuntu system I had a hard time deciding which version to choose and I did not know if it was compatible with Python 3. Also, if you are a Windows user you will get an idea…

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How to Write the Best XPATH and CSS Selectors for Your Web Scraper

Selectors are one of the most important pieces of your scraper. Well-written selectors make your web scraper work efficiently and fast. When the website’s layout changes your scraper’s selectors need to be changed as well. Then, in a well-established scraping environment the only things that have to be changed are…

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Crawling with Scrapy – Scrapy Items

We use web scraping to turn unstructured data into highly structured data. Essentially, it’s the goal of web scraping. Structured data means collected information in database such as mongoDB or SQL database. Also, in most cases we only need some simple data structure such as JSON, CSV or XML. This…

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Crawling with Scrapy – Pagination with CrawlSpider

In the previous Scrapy tutorial you learnt how to scrape information from a single page. Going further with web scraping, you will need to visit a bunch of URLs within a website and execute the same scraping script again and again. In my Jsoup tutorial and BeautifulSoup tutorial I showed…