What are the most interesting web scraping modules for python

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Python programming language is in the hype for over a decade. It is the most recommended language for the beginner programmers since it’s syntax are readable by almost every non-programmers too. At the same time recommended for web scraping, automation and data science. However python comes short in terms of speed when compared to languages such as C++ and JAVA. The plus for python programming language is the wide range of enthusiastic contributors and users around the globe. There are countless modules for doing various domain specific tasks which makes it even more popular today. From web scraping to gui automation, there are modules for almost everything. Here, in this post, I will list some of the most used and interesting python modules for web scraping that are lifesaver for a programmer.

Popular python modules for web scraping

1. Mechanize

mechanize is a popular python module for it allows creation of a browser instance. It also maintains sessions which aids as a toolkit to obtain tasks like login, signup automation, etc.

2. BeautifulSoup

BeautifulSoup is another beautiful python module which aids scraping the data required from html/xmls via tags. With beautiful you can scrape almost everything because it aids different methods like searching via tags, finding all links, etc.

3. Selenium

Although selenium is a well known module for automated browser testing, it can be used as a web scraping tool as well. I promise you, it pays pretty well. With methods to find element via ids, name, class, etc, selenium would allow you to have anything on the website.

4. lxml

lxml is another wonderful library for parsing xml/htmls, however I would say beautifulsoup beats it in terms of usability. You could option to use any of the modules among lxml and BeautifulSoup since they pretty much do the same stuff.

I have used all of the above modules extensively in my projects and they allowed me to move faster. I was able to do some cool things with these modules. For example: automating conversation between two cleverbots(AI featured bots), getting paid courses at udemy, finding the most popular facebook fan page among my friends,etc. Therefore I totally recommend them. Below is a link to some of the most interesting things I’ve done with these modules.

Cool stuffs with python

Tell me how you felt the article was in the comments section below and/or you can add some of your favorite modules too. There’s always thanks for reading 

bhishan

I am Bhishan Bhandari. Currently I work as a Research Engineer at UXCam. Follow me on github for code updates Github You can always communicate your thoughts/wishes/questions to me at bbhishan@gmail.com

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