Python library to clone/archive pages or sites from the Internet.
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PyWebCopy is a free tool for copying full or partial websites locally onto your hard-disk for offline viewing.
PyWebCopy will scan the specified website and download its content onto your hard-disk. Links to resources such as style-sheets, images, and other pages in the website will automatically be remapped to match the local path. Using its extensive configuration you can define which parts of a website will be copied and how.
What can PyWebCopy do?
PyWebCopy will examine the HTML mark-up of a website and attempt to discover all linked resources such as other pages, images, videos, file downloads - anything and everything. It will download all of theses resources, and continue to search for more. In this manner, WebCopy can "crawl" an entire website and download everything it sees in an effort to create a reasonable facsimile of the source website.
What can PyWebCopy not do?
PyWebCopy does not download the raw source code of a web site, it can only download what the HTTP server returns. While it will do its best to create an offline copy of a website, advanced data driven websites may not work as expected once they have been copied.
pywebcopy is available on PyPi and is easily installable using
$ pip install pywebcopy
You are ready to go. Read the tutorials below to get started.
You should always check if the latest pywebcopy is installed successfully.
>>> import pywebcopy >>> pywebcopy.__version___ 7.x.x
Your version may be different, now you can continue the tutorial.
To save any single page, just type in python console
from pywebcopy import save_webpage save_webpage( url="https://httpbin.org/", project_folder="E://savedpages//", project_name="my_site", bypass_robots=True, debug=True, open_in_browser=True, delay=None, threaded=False, )
To save full website (This could overload the target server, So, be careful)
from pywebcopy import save_website save_website( url="https://httpbin.org/", project_folder="E://savedpages//", project_name="my_site", bypass_robots=True, debug=True, open_in_browser=True, delay=None, threaded=False, )
Running tests is simple and doesn't require any external library. Just run this command from root directory of pywebcopy package.
$ python -m pywebcopy --tests
Command Line Interface
pywebcopy have a very easy to use command-line interface which
can help you do task without having to worrying about the inner
Getting list of commands
$ python -m pywebcopy --help
Usage: pywebcopy [-p|--page|-s|--site|-t|--tests] [--url=URL [,--location=LOCATION [,--name=NAME [,--pop [,--bypass_robots [,--quite [,--delay=DELAY]]]]]]] Python library to clone/archive pages or sites from the Internet. Options: --version show program's version number and exit -h, --help show this help message and exit --url=URL url of the entry point to be retrieved. --location=LOCATION Location where files are to be stored. -n NAME, --name=NAME Project name of this run. -d DELAY, --delay=DELAY Delay between consecutive requests to the server. --bypass_robots Bypass the robots.txt restrictions. --threaded Use threads for faster downloading. -q, --quite Suppress the logging from this library. --pop open the html page in default browser window after finishing the task. CLI Actions List: Primary actions available through cli. -p, --page Quickly saves a single page. -s, --site Saves the complete site. -t, --tests Runs tests for this library.
$ python -m pywebcopy run_tests
Authentication and Cookies
Most of the time authentication is needed to access a certain page.
Its real easy to authenticate with
pywebcopy because it uses an
requests.Session object for base http activity which can be accessed
WebPage.session attribute. And as you know there
are ton of tutorials on setting up authentication with
Here is an example to fill forms
from pywebcopy.configs import get_config config = get_config('http://httpbin.org/') wp = config.create_page() wp.get(config['project_url']) form = wp.get_forms() form.inputs['email'].value = 'bar' # etc form.inputs['password'].value = 'baz' # etc wp.submit_form(form) wp.get_links()
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