Pythonic HTTP Client and Middleware Library for SnapSearch
SnapSearch Client Python is a Python based framework agnostic HTTP client library for SnapSearch (https://snapsearch.io/).
Snapsearch’s robot is an automated load balanced Firefox browser. This Firefox browser is kept up to date with the nightly versions, so we’ll always be able to serve the latest in HTML5 technology. Our load balancer ensures your requests won’t be hampered by other user’s requests.
For more details on how this works and the benefits of usage see https://snapsearch.io/
SnapSearch provides similar libraries in other languages: https://github.com/SnapSearch/Snapsearch-Clients
To install with pip, simply:
$ pip install snapsearch-client-python
Or, if you prefer easy_install:
$ easy_install snapsearch-client-python
The Pythonic SnapSearch Client provides WSGI and CGI middlewares for integrating SnapSearch with respective Python Web applications. There are also framework agnostic core objects that can be used independently.
The following examples include step-by-step instructions on the context of using the Pythonic SnapSearch Client in your Python web applications.
- Integration with WSGI Applications I (Flask)
- Integration with WSGI Applications II (Django)
- Integration with Python CGI Scripts
For full documentation on the API and API request parameters see: https://snapsearch.io/documentation
By the way, you need to blacklist non-html resources such as `sitemap.xml`. This is explained in https://snapsearch.io/documentation#notes
The below instructions is an abridged version of the Flask example. The following python script serves a simple "Hello World" page through any of the public IP address(es) of the runner machine.
from flask import Flask app = Flask(__name__) @app.route('/') def hello_world(): return "Hello World!\r\n" if __name__ == '__main__': app.run(host="0.0.0.0", port=5000)
To start the application,
$ pip install Flask $ pip install snapsearch-client-python $ python main.py * Running on http://0.0.0.0:5000/
To enable SnapSearch-based interception for this application,
- initialize an Interceptor.
from SnapSearch import Client, Detector, Interceptor interceptor = Interceptor(Client(api_email, api_key), Detector())
- deploy the Interceptor.
from SnapSearch.wsgi import InterceptorMiddleware app.wsgi_app = InterceptorMiddleware(app.wsgi_app, interceptor)
- putting it all together.
from flask import Flask app = Flask(__name__) @app.route('/') def hello_world(): return "Hello World!\r\n" if __name__ == '__main__': # API credentials api_email = "<email>" # change this to the registered email api_key = "<key>" # change this to the real api credential # initialize the interceptor from SnapSearch import Client, Detector, Interceptor interceptor = Interceptor(Client(api_email, api_key), Detector()) # deploy the interceptor from SnapSearch.wsgi import InterceptorMiddleware app.wsgi_app = InterceptorMiddleware(app.wsgi_app, interceptor) # start servicing app.run(host="0.0.0.0", port=5000)
Customizing the Detector
The Detector class can take ignored_routes and matched_routes as optional arguments to its constructor and perform interception detection in a per-route basis. For example, the following detector will bypass interception for any access to http://<server_name>/ignored.*, and enforce interception for any access to http://<server_name>/matched.*.
from SnapSearch import Detector detector = Detector(ignored_routes=["^\/ignored", ], matched_routes=["^\/matched", ])
The Detector class can take external robots.json and extensions.json files as optional arguments to its constructor. Namely,
from SnapSearch import Detector detector = Detector(robots_json="path/to/external/robots.json", extensions_json="path/to/external/extensions.json")
You can also modify the lists of robots and extension through the robots and extensions properties of the detector object. For example, the following customization will bypass interception for Googlebot.
from SnapSearch import Detector detector = Detector(robots_json="path/to/external/robots.json", extensions_json="path/to/external/extensions.json") detector.robots['ignore'].append("Googlebot")
Customizing the Client
The Client class can take an optional dict of request_parameters that contains additional parameters defined in https://snapsearch.io/documentation#parameters . Note that the url parameter is always overwritten by the Interceptor with the encoded URL from the associated Detector object. It can also take optional api_url and ca_path to communicate with an alternative backend service.
Customizing the Interceptor
The Interceptor class can take two optional callback functions, namely before_intercept() and after_intercept().
At the presence of before_intercept(), the Interceptor object will bypass any communication with the backend service of SnapSearch, and return the result of before_intercept() as if it were returned by the associated Client object.
def before_intercept(url): ... return result
As for after_intercept(), the Interceptor will provide the response from the Client object to after_intercept() which can perform, say, data extraction or logging as appropriate.
def after_intercept(url, response): ... return None
The return value of after_response() is ignored by the Interceptor and it does not affect the interception process.
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