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Web scrapping software to keep track of the latest stable version of different software.

Project description

Version Tracker is a project that provides both a command-line tool and a Python library to query the latest stable versions of different software products using web scrapping.

For example:

$ versiontracker vlc
vlc: 2.2.2 (2016-07-06) @

It is currently being used to detect obsolete packages in Chakra [1] and to feed updated software version information to Wikidata [2].



Version Tracker requires Python 3 and the following Python packages:

To build the offline documentation, you also need:


Use pip to install:

pip install versiontracker

Basic Command-Line Usage

To use the versiontracker command-line application pass it a list of software IDs:

$ versiontracker vlc xfce
vlc: 2.2.2 (2016-07-06) @
xfce: 4.12 (2015-02-28) @

You can use the -l option to get a list of supported software IDs:

$ versiontracker -l

Basic Library Usage

Use version_info() to get information about the latest stable version of a single product:

>>> from pprint import pprint
>>> from versiontracker import version_info
>>> pprint(version_info('vlc'))
{'id': 'vlc',
 'date': datetime.datetime(2016, 7, 6, 10, 10),
 'url': '',
 'version': '2.2.2'}

Use iter_version_info() to iterate through the version information of several products:

>>> from versiontracker import iter_version_info
>>> for version_data in iter_version_info(('vlc', 'xfce')):
...     pprint(version_data)
{'id': 'vlc',
 'date': datetime.datetime(2016, 7, 6, 10, 10),
 'url': '',
 'version': '2.2.2'}
{'id': 'xfce',
 'date': datetime.datetime(2015, 2, 28, 21, 7),
 'url': '',
 'version': '4.12'}

Use supported_software() to get a list of supported software IDs:

>>> from versiontracker import supported_software
>>> supported_software()
['kde-l10n-ca', 'kdiamond', 'kontactinterface', 'entropy', …]


See the complete documentation at Read the Docs.

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