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A Python class that acts as wrapper for ProxyCrawl scraping and crawling API

Project description

ProxyCrawl API Python class

A lightweight, dependency free Python class that acts as wrapper for ProxyCrawl API.

Installing

Choose a way of installing:

  • Download the python class from Github.
  • Or use PyPi Python package manager. pip install proxycrawl

Then import the ProxyCrawlAPI

from proxycrawl_api import ProxyCrawlAPI

Class usage

First initialize the ProxyCrawlAPI class

api = ProxyCrawlAPI({ 'token': 'YOUR_PROXYCRAWL_TOKEN' })

GET requests

Pass the url that you want to scrape plus any options from the ones available in the API documentation.

api.get(url, options = {})

Example:

response = api.get('https://www.facebook.com/britneyspears')
if response['status_code'] === 200:
    print(response['body'])

You can pass any options from ProxyCrawl API.

Example:

response = api.get('https://www.reddit.com/r/pics/comments/5bx4bx/thanks_obama/', {
    'user_agent': 'Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.2; rv:20.0) Gecko/20121202 Firefox/30.0',
    'format': 'json'
})
if response['status_code'] === 200:
    print(response['body'])

POST requests

Pass the url that you want to scrape, the data that you want to send which can be either a json or a string, plus any options from the ones available in the API documentation.

api.post(url, dictionary or string data, options = {})

Example:

response = api.post('https://producthunt.com/search', { 'text': 'example search' })
if response['status_code'] === 200:
    print(response['body'])

You can send the data as application/json instead of x-www-form-urlencoded by setting option post_content_type as json.

import json
response = api.post('https://httpbin.org/post', json.dumps({ 'some_json': 'with some value' }), { 'post_content_type': 'json' })
if response['status_code'] === 200:
    print(response['body'])

Javascript requests

If you need to scrape any website built with Javascript like React, Angular, Vue, etc. You just need to pass your javascript token and use the same calls. Note that only .get is available for javascript and not .post.

api = ProxyCrawlAPI({ 'token': 'YOUR_JAVASCRIPT_TOKEN' })
response = api.get('https://www.nfl.com')
if response['status_code'] === 200:
    print(response['body'])

Same way you can pass javascript additional options.

response = api.get('https://www.freelancer.com', { 'page_wait': 5000 })
if response['status_code'] === 200:
    print(response['body'])

Original status

You can always get the original status and proxycrawl status from the response. Read the ProxyCrawl documentation to learn more about those status.

response = api.get('https://craiglist.com')
print(response['headers']['original_status'])
print(response['headers']['pc_status'])

If you have questions or need help using the library, please open an issue or contact us.

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