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a lightweight Javascript-aware, headless web scraping library for Python

Project Description

# Overview

Author: Niklas Baumstark

dryscrape is a lightweight web scraping library for Python. It uses a headless Webkit instance to evaluate Javascript on the visited pages. This enables painless scraping of plain web pages as well as Javascript-heavy “Web 2.0” applications like Facebook.

It is built on the shoulders of [capybara-webkit](’s [webkit-server]( A big thanks goes to thoughtbot, inc. for building this excellent piece of software!

# Changelog

  • 1.0: Added Python 3 support, small performance fixes, header names are now properly normalized. Also added the function dryscrape.start_xvfb() to easily start Xvfb.
  • 0.9.1: Changed semantics of the headers function in a backwards-incompatible way: It now returns a list of (key, value) pairs instead of a dictionary.

# Supported Platforms

The library has been confirmed to work on the following platforms:

  • Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks and 10.10 Yosemite
  • Ubuntu Linux
  • Arch Linux

Other unixoid systems should work just fine.

Windows is not officially supported, although dryscrape should work with [cygwin](

# Installation, Usage, API Docs

Documentation can be found at [dryscrape’s ReadTheDocs page](

Quick installation instruction:

# pip install dryscrape

# Contact, Bugs, Contributions

If you have any problems with this software, don’t hesitate to open an issue on [Github]( or open a pull request or write a mail to niklas baumstark at Gmail.

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