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Piculet is a package for extracting data from XML documents using XPath queries. It can also scrape web pages by first converting the HTML source into XHTML. Piculet consists of a single source file with no dependencies other than the standard library, which makes it very easy to integrate into applications.

Piculet requires Python 3.4 or later. You can install the latest version from PyPI:

pip install piculet

Or, if you like, you can install the development version from the Bitbucket repository:

pip install hg+

You can find the documentation on:

To extract data from a document, you need to specify the rules for extraction. This specification is in JSON format and you can find a few examples in the examples folder.

Although Piculet is primarily aimed at developers, it also contains a command-line interface where data extraction can be tested. To get an idea about how Piculet works, get the wikipedia.json specification example and run the command given below to get some data out of the Wikipedia page for David Bowie:

$ python scrape "" -s wikipedia.json -r person --html
  "birthplace": "Brixton, London, England",
  "born": "1947-01-08",
  "died": "2016-01-10",
  "name": "David Bowie",
  "occupation": [

Installing Piculet through pip will create a script named piculet which can also be used to invoke the command-line interface:

$ piculet scrape "" -s wikipedia.json -r person --html

For a more complicated example, get the imdb.json specification and run the following command to get details about the movie The Shining:

$ piculet scrape "" -s imdb.json -r movie_combined --html


1.0a1 (2016-08-24)

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