Like `requests`, but shittier.
requests library, but less good.
Provides convenience functions for writing web-scrapers and other web-interactive things. Built-in support for working through CloudFlare's garbage JS browser checks without any intervention, as well as some other garbage web-application firewalls that seem intent on breaking the internet.
Built-in user-agent randomization. Support for fetching rendered content via headless chrome. Built on top of my ChromeController project, so it can avoid some of the spectacularly stupid design decisions in selenium.
Default support for compressed transfers.
Basically, the overall goal is to have a simple library that acts as much as possible like a "real" browser. Ideally, it should be indistinguishable from an actual browser from the perspective of the remote HTTP(s) server.
Other useful bits:
API wrappers for 2captcha.com and anticaptcha.com which include automatic local reverse-proxy spinup for reflecting recaptcha requests through your local host address. This involves spinning up a transient SOCKS5 proxy, setting up a limited duration port-forward (10 minutes, via UPnP), and actual synchronous captcha solving calls.
The proxy setup/UPnP setup functions are generic enough that they should be useful for any captcha-solver-related tasks. If you'd like support for another solver site (and are willing to throw a few bucks of credit on a solver site to me), I can probably add that other site too.
A: Because I started writing horrible web-scraper things in 2008, when the requests library wasn't really a thing.
Q: Why still, then?
A: Anger and spite, mostly.
Q: No, really, why
A: Ok, Because I want to download the internet, and idiots post stuff, and then try to "protect" it from scraping with stupid jerberscript bullshit.
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