Google News Crawler
A utility to fetch news articles from Google News.
GNC retrieves the latest items from the Google News feeds and stores them in ElasticSearch or on disk.
Google News Crawler can be installed with pip as usual:
pip install google_news_crawler
Retrieve news items belonging to the ‘science/technology’ topic for the region Botswana from Google News, storing the articles in an ElasticSearch instance:
google_news_crawler --datastore=ES --feed="http://news.google.com/news?cf=all&ned=en_bw&output=rss&topic=t&sort=newest"
You would typically want to run a command like the one above in a crontab to periodically fetch all the items:
# m h dom mon dow command 01-59/10 * * * * google_news_crawler --log-config=/path/to/gnc/logging.yaml --datastore=ES --feed="http://news.google.com/news?cf=all&ned=en_bw&output=rss&topic=t&sort=newest"
The complete list of usage options can be obtained with the --help argument:
The store-to-disk backend is still available, but has been dropped as a dependency because of a license incompatibility since warc licensed under the GPL (version 2).
- make user-agent configurable
- expand documentation
- Elasticsearch backend
- set up proper index mapping for the documents
- make all ES related settings conigurable
- update metadata for retrieved documents instead of skipping them entirely