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Distributed web crawling with browsers

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“browser” | “crawler” = “brozzler”

Brozzler is a distributed web crawler (爬虫) that uses a real browser (chrome or chromium) to fetch pages and embedded urls and to extract links. It also uses youtube-dl to enhance media capture capabilities.

It is forked from

Brozzler is designed to work in conjunction with warcprox for web archiving.


XXX These instructions don’t work at the moment. Brozzler requires some customized packages not easily installable in the outside world. I intend to remedy the situation soon.

# set up virtualenv if desired
pip install git+

Brozzler also requires a rethinkdb deployment.

Fonts for good screenshots

On ubuntu 14.04 trusty I installed these packages:

xfonts-base ttf-mscorefonts-installer fonts-arphic-bkai00mp fonts-arphic-bsmi00lp fonts-arphic-gbsn00lp fonts-arphic-gkai00mp fonts-arphic-ukai fonts-farsiweb fonts-nafees fonts-sil-abyssinica fonts-sil-ezra fonts-sil-padauk fonts-unfonts-extra fonts-unfonts-core ttf-indic-fonts fonts-thai-tlwg fonts-lklug-sinhala

Haven’t looked much at the resulting screenshots yet though.


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