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Library to extract data from semi-structured text documents

Project Description

Library to extract data from semi-structured text documents.

It’s best suited for data-processing in files that do not have a formal structure and are in plain text (or that are easy to convert). Structured files like XML, CSV and HTML doesn’t fit a good use case for Raspador, and have excellent alternatives to get data extracted, like lxml, html5lib, BeautifulSoup, and PyQuery.

The extractors are defined through classes as models, something similar to the Django ORM. Each field searches for a pattern specified by the regular expression, and captured groups are converted automatically to primitives.

The parser is implemented as a generator, where each item found can be consumed before the end of the analysis, featuring a pipeline.

The analysis is forward-only, which makes it extremely quick, and thus any iterator that returns a string can be analyzed, including infinite streams.


Raspador works on CPython 2.6+, CPython 3.2+ and PyPy. To install it, use:

pip install raspador

or easy install:

easy_install raspador

From source

Download and install from source:

git clone
cd raspador
python install


There are no external dependencies.


Python 2.6

With Python 2.6, you must install ordereddict.

You can install it with pip:

pip install ordereddict


To automate tests with all supported Python versions at once, we use tox.

Run all tests with:

$ tox

Tests depend on several third party libraries, but these are installed by tox on each Python’s virtualenv:



Extract data from logs

from __future__ import print_function
import json
from raspador import Parser, StringField

out = """
PART:/dev/sda1 UUID:423k34-3423lk423-sdfsd-43 TYPE:ext4
PART:/dev/sda2 UUID:74928389-852893-sdfdf-g8 TYPE:ext4
PART:/dev/sda3 UUID:sdkj9d93-sdf9df-3kr3l-d8 TYPE:swap

class LogParser(Parser):
    begin = r'^PART.*'
    end = r'^PART.*'
    PART = StringField(r'PART:([^\s]+)')
    UUID = StringField(r'UUID:([^\s]+)')
    TYPE = StringField(r'TYPE:([^\s]+)')

a = LogParser()

# res is a generator
res = a.parse(iter(out.splitlines()))

out_as_json = json.dumps(list(res), indent=2)
print (out_as_json)

# Output:
    "PART": "/dev/sda1",
    "TYPE": "ext4",
    "UUID": "423k34-3423lk423-sdfsd-43"
    "PART": "/dev/sda2",
    "TYPE": "ext4",
    "UUID": "74928389-852893-sdfdf-g8"
    "PART": "/dev/sda3",
    "TYPE": "swap",
    "UUID": "sdkj9d93-sdf9df-3kr3l-d8"
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