Pypi Example

Lets make a scraper that extract data from the pypi’s front page

Supose that we want extract data from the packages table and store it in a database.

First at all we need to start a new crawley’s project. In this case it will be called pypi_packages.

crawley startproject pypi_packages
cd pypi_packages

Then, inside the pypi_packages there will a file and another directory containing a file and a file.

Lets start defining the wich is very simple in this case.


from crawley.persistance import Entity, UrlEntity, Field, Unicode

class Package(Entity):

    #add your table fields here
    updated = Field(Unicode(255))
    package = Field(Unicode(255))
    description = Field(Unicode(255))

As you can see, we just need a simple Package table that matches the data we want to extract.

Ok, now is time to code. Lets make the scraper. It must be located inside the file


from crawley.crawlers import BaseCrawler
from crawley.scrapers import BaseScraper
from crawley.extractors import XPathExtractor
from models import *

class pypiScraper(BaseScraper):

    #specify the urls that can be scraped by this class
    matching_urls = ["%"]

    def scrape(self, response):

        #getting the html table
        table = response.html.xpath("/html/body/div[5]/div/div/div[3]/table")[0]

        #for rows 1 to n-1
        for tr in table[1:-1]:

            #obtaining the searched html inside the rows
            td_updated = tr[0]
            td_package = tr[1]
            package_link = td_package[0]
            td_description = tr[2]

            #storing data in Packages table
            Package(updated=td_updated.text, package=package_link.text, description=td_description.text)

class pypiCrawler(BaseCrawler):

    #add your starting urls here
    start_urls = [""]

    #add your scraper classes here
    scrapers = [pypiScraper]

    #specify you maximum crawling depth level
    max_depth = 0

    #select your favourite HTML parsing tool
    extractor = XPathExtractor

The interesting part of this is the scrape method defined inside the pypiScraper class. It uses Xpath in order to obtain the parsed html and then stores the extracted data in the Packages table.

At this time we have finished our work. Very simple. Isn’t it?

Run crawley

Finally, just run the crawler (Ensure you are in the same directory where the file is, in other case you can specify your settings directory with –settings=path/to/your/

~$ crawley run

And we are done. Check the results in your database!

Downloading the Code

The entire code is located in the crawley’s official repository at:

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