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Simplified python article discovery & extraction.

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Inspired by requests for its simplicity and powered by lxml for its speed:

“Newspaper is an amazing python library for extracting & curating articles.” – tweeted by Kenneth Reitz, Author of requests

“Newspaper delivers Instapaper style article extraction.” – The Changelog

This is newspaper’s Python2 branch! Or, view the Python3 branch

A Glance:

>>> from newspaper import Article

>>> url = u''
>>> article = Article(url)

>>> article.html
u'<!DOCTYPE HTML><html itemscope itemtype="http://...'
>>> article.parse()

>>> article.authors
[u'Leigh Ann Caldwell', u'John Honway']

>>> article.publish_date
datetime.datetime(2013, 12, 30, 0, 0)

>>> article.text
u'Washington (CNN) -- Not everyone subscribes to a New Year's resolution...'

>>> article.top_image

>>> article.movies
[u'', ...]
>>> article.nlp()

>>> article.keywords
[u'New Years', u'resolution', ...]

>>> article.summary
u'The study shows that 93% of people ...'
>>> import newspaper

>>> cnn_paper ='')

>>> for article in cnn_paper.articles:
>>>     print(article.url)

>>> for category in cnn_paper.category_urls():
>>>     print(category)

>>> cnn_article = cnn_paper.articles[0]
>>> cnn_article.parse()
>>> cnn_article.nlp()
>>> from newspaper import fulltext

>>> html = requests.get(...).text
>>> text = fulltext(html)

Newspaper has seamless language extraction and detection. If no language is specified, Newspaper will attempt to auto detect a language.

>>> from newspaper import Article
>>> url = ''

>>> a = Article(url, language='zh') # Chinese

>>> a.parse()

>>> print(a.text[:150])
意图和动机。 一些亲北京阵营议员欢迎梁振英道歉,

>>> print(a.title)

If you are certain that an entire news source is in one language, go ahead and use the same api :)

>>> import newspaper
>>> sina_paper ='', language='zh')

>>> for category in sina_paper.category_urls():
>>>     print(category)

>>> article = sina_paper.articles[0]
>>> article.parse()

>>> print(article.text)
新浪武汉汽车综合 随着汽车市场的日趋成熟,
另一种轻松的新兴 车模式――金融购车正逐步成为时下消费者购

>>> print(article.title)
两年双免0手续0利率 科鲁兹掀背金融轻松购_武汉车市_武汉汽


Check out The Documentation for full and detailed guides using newspaper.

Interested in adding a new language for us? Refer to: Docs - Adding new languages


  • Full Python3 and Python2 support

  • Multi-threaded article download framework

  • News url identification

  • Text extraction from html

  • Top image extraction from html

  • All image extraction from html

  • Keyword extraction from text

  • Summary extraction from text

  • Author extraction from text

  • Google trending terms extraction

  • Works in 10+ languages (English, Chinese, German, Arabic, …)

>>> import newspaper
>>> newspaper.languages()

Your available languages are:
input code      full name

  ar              Arabic
  ru              Russian
  nl              Dutch
  de              German
  en              English
  es              Spanish
  fr              French
  it              Italian
  ko              Korean
  no              Norwegian
  pt              Portuguese
  sv              Swedish
  hu              Hungarian
  fi              Finnish
  da              Danish
  zh              Chinese
  id              Indonesian
  vi              Vietnamese

Get it now

Installing newspaper is simple with pip. However, you will run into fixable issues if you are trying to install on ubuntu.

Note that our Python3 package name is newspaper3k while our Python2 package name is newspaper.

If you are on Debian / Ubuntu, install using the following:

  • Python development version, needed for Python.h:

    $ sudo apt-get install python-dev
  • lxml requirements:

    $ sudo apt-get install libxml2-dev libxslt-dev
  • For PIL to recognize .jpg images:

    $ sudo apt-get install libjpeg-dev zlib1g-dev libpng12-dev
  • Install the distribution via pip:

    $ pip install newspaper
  • Download NLP related corpora:

    $ curl | python3

If you are on OSX, install using the following, you may use both homebrew or macports:

$ brew install libxml2 libxslt

$ brew install libtiff libjpeg webp little-cms2

$ pip install newspaper

$ curl | python

Otherwise, install with the following:

NOTE: You will still most likely need to install the following libraries via your package manager

  • PIL: libjpeg-dev zlib1g-dev libpng12-dev

  • lxml: libxml2-dev libxslt-dev

  • Python Development version: python-dev

$ pip install newspaper

$ curl | python


Newspaper has two branches up for development. This branch is our Python2 codebase while our Python3 branch is located on master.

If you’d like to contribute and hack on the newspaper project, feel free to clone a development version of this repository locally:

git clone git://

Once you have a copy of the source, you can embed it in your Python package, or install it into your site-packages easily:

$ pip install -r requirements.txt
$ python install

Feel free to give our testing suite a shot, everything is mocked!:

$ python tests/

Planning on tweaking our full-text algorithm? Add the fulltext parameter:

$ python tests/ fulltext


View a working online demo here:


Authored and maintained by Lucas Ou-Yang. sponsored some work on newspaper, specifically focused on automatic extraction.

Newspaper uses a lot of python-goose’s parsing code. View their license here.

Please feel free to email & contact me if you run into issues or just would like to talk about the future of this library and news extraction in general!

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