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scrapelib is a library for making requests to less-than-reliable websites.




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scrapelib originated as part of the Open States project to scrape the websites of all 50 state legislatures and as a result was therefore designed with features desirable when dealing with sites that have intermittent errors or require rate-limiting.

Advantages of using scrapelib over using requests as-is:

  • HTTP(S) and FTP requests via an identical API
  • support for simple caching with pluggable cache backends
  • highly-configurable request throtting
  • configurable retries for non-permanent site failures
  • All of the power of the suberb requests library.


scrapelib is on PyPI, and can be installed via any standard package management tool:

poetry add scrapelib


pip install scrapelib

Example Usage

  import scrapelib
  s = scrapelib.Scraper(requests_per_minute=10)

  # Grab Google front page

  # Will be throttled to 10 HTTP requests per minute
  while True:

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