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Your friendly neighborhood web scraper

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RoboBrowser: Your friendly neighborhood web scraper

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Homepage: ` <>`_

RoboBrowser is a simple, Pythonic library for browsing the web without a standalone web browser. RoboBrowser
can fetch a page, click on links and buttons, and fill out and submit forms. If you need to interact with web services
that don't have APIs, RoboBrowser can help.

.. code-block:: python

import re
from robobrowser import RoboBrowser

# Browse to Rap Genius
browser = RoboBrowser(history=True)'')

# Search for Queen
form = browser.get_form(action='/search')
form # <RoboForm q=>
form['q'].value = 'queen'

# Look up the first song
songs ='.song_name')
lyrics ='.lyrics')
lyrics[0].text # \n[Intro]\nIs this the real life...

# Back to results page

# Look up my favorite song
browser.follow_link('death on two legs')

# Can also search HTML using regex patterns
lyrics = browser.find(class_=re.compile(r'\blyrics\b'))
lyrics.text # \n[Verse 1]\nYou suck my blood like a leech...

RoboBrowser combines the best of two excellent Python libraries:
`Requests <>`_ and
`BeautifulSoup <>`_.
RoboBrowser represents browser sessions using Requests and HTML responses
using BeautifulSoup, transparently exposing methods of both libraries:

.. code-block:: python

import re
from robobrowser import RoboBrowser

browser = RoboBrowser(user_agent='a python robot')'')

# Inspect the browser session
browser.session.cookies['_gh_sess'] # BAh7Bzo...
browser.session.headers['User-Agent'] # a python robot

# Search the parsed HTML'div.teaser-icon') # [<div class="teaser-icon">
# <span class="mega-octicon octicon-checklist"></span>
# </div>,
# ...
browser.find(class_=re.compile(r'column', re.I)) # <div class="one-third column">
# <div class="teaser-icon">
# <span class="mega-octicon octicon-checklist"></span>
# ...

RoboBrowser also includes tools for working with forms, inspired by
`WebTest <>`_ and `Mechanize <>`_.

.. code-block:: python

from robobrowser import RoboBrowser

browser = RoboBrowser()'')

# Get the signup form
signup_form = browser.get_form(class_='signup')
signup_form # <RoboForm user[name]=, user[email]=, ...

# Inspect its values
signup_form['authenticity_token'].value # 6d03597 ...

# Fill it out
signup_form['user[name]'].value = 'python-robot'
signup_form['user[user_password]'].value = 'secret'

# Serialize it to JSON
signup_form.serialize() # {'data': {'authenticity_token': '6d03597...',
# 'context': '',
# 'user[email]': '',
# 'user[name]': 'python-robot',
# 'user[user_password]': ''}}

# And submit


- Python >= 2.6 or >= 3.3


MIT licensed. See the bundled `LICENSE <>`_ file for more details.

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