If you're unfamiliar with web scraping or web development in general, you might prefer to start with the Web scraping tutorial from the Apify documentation and then continue with Scraping with Cheerio Scrapera tutorial which will walk you through all the steps and provide a number of examples.
To get started with Cheerio Scraper, you only need two things. First, tell the scraper which web pages it should load. Second, tell it how to extract data from each page. The scraper starts by loading the pages specified in the Start URLs field. Optionally, you can make the scraper follow page links on the fly by enabling the Use request queue option. This is useful for the recursive crawling of entire websites, e. To tell the scraper how to extract data from web pages, you need to provide a Page function.
Since the scraper does not use the full web browser, writing the Page function is equivalent to writing server-side Node. Cheerio Scraper has a number of advanced configuration settings to improve performance, set cookies for login to websites, limit the number of records, etc. See Advanced configuration below for the complete list of settings. If you'd like to learn more about the inner workings of the scraper, see the respective documentation.
Since Cheerio Scraper's Page function is executed in the context of the server, it only supports server-side code running in Node. For even more flexibility and control, you might develop a new actor from scratch in Node. In the Page function and Prepare request functionyou can only use NPM modules that are already installed in this actor. If you require other modules for your scraping, you'll need to develop a completely new actor.
As input, Cheerio Scraper actor accepts a number of configurations.
For a complete list of input fields and their types, please visit the Input tab. This is useful for determining which start URL is currently loaded, in order to perform some page-specific actions.
For example, when crawling an online store, you might want to perform different actions on a page listing the products vs. For details, see the Web scraping tutorial in the Apify documentation.
If the option is enabled, the scraper will support adding new URLs to scrape on the fly, either using the Link selector and Pseudo-URLs options or by calling context.Fast, flexible, and lean implementation of core jQuery designed specifically for the server. GitHub is home to over 50 million developers working together to host and review code, manage projects, and build software together. If nothing happens, download GitHub Desktop and try again.
Become a backer to show your support for Cheerio and help us maintain and improve this open source project. First you need to load in the HTML. If you need to modify parsing options for XML input, you may pass an extra object to. The options in the xml object are taken directly from htmlparser2therefore any options that can be used in htmlparser2 are valid in cheerio as well. The default options are:. For a full list of options and their effects, see this and htmlparser2's options.
This may be the case for those upgrading from pre Note that "more forgiving" means htmlparser2 has error-correcting mechanisms that aren't always a match for the standards observed by web browsers.
This behavior may be useful when parsing non-HTML content. To support these cases, load also accepts a htmlparser2 -compatible data structure as its first argument. Users may install htmlparser2use it to parse input, and pass the result to load :. This selector method is the starting point for traversing and manipulating the document.HTML is a markup language with a simple structure.
It would be quite easy to build a parser for HTML with a parser generator. That is because there are already available grammars ready to be used. HTML is so popular that there is even a better option: using a library. It is better because it is easier to use and usually provides more features, such as a way to create an HTML document or support easy navigation through the parsed document.
The goal of this article is helping you to find the right library to process HTML. We are not going to see libraries for more specific tasks, such as article extractors or web scraping, like Goose. They have typically restricted uses, while in this article we focus on the generic libraries to process HTML. Receive the guide to your inbox to read it on all your devices when you have time. Jodd is set of Java micro frameworkstools and utilities. There are even more components that can do other things.
Lagarto works as a traditional parser, more than the typical library. You have to build a visitor and then the parser will call the proper function each time a tag is encountered.
The interface is simple and mainly you have to implement a visitor that will be called for each tag and for each piece of text. Lagarto is quite basic, it just does parsing. While Lagarto could be very useful for advanced parsing tasks, usually you will want to use Jerry. Jerry tries to stay as close as possible to jQuery, but only to its static and HTML manipulation parts. It does not implement animations or ajax calls.
Also, you are probably already familiar with jQuery. The documentation of Jerry is good and there are a few examples in the documentation, including the following one. As the documentation explains it. HTML found on the Web is usually dirty, ill-formed and unsuitable for further processing. For any serious consumption of such documents, it is necessary to first clean up the mess and bring some order to the tags, attributes and ordinary text. By default, it follows similar rules that the most of web browsers use in order to create the Document Object Model.
However, you can provide custom tag and rule sets for tag filtering and balancing. This explanation also reveals that the project is old, given that in the last few years the broken HTML problem is much less prominent that it was before. However, it is still updated and maintained.GitHub is home to over 50 million developers working together to host and review code, manage projects, and build software together. Have a question about this project?
Sign up for a free GitHub account to open an issue and contact its maintainers and the community. Already on GitHub? Sign in to your account. Great work man! One thing I'm curious about is using xpath selectors instead of jquery. So while I know and love jquery, I'm tired of having to manually convert my xpath selector to a jquery equivalent.
I'm wondering if cheerio supports this? I'm assuming it doesn't, so I'm wondering if there is another modular similar to cheerio that has similarly awesome perf characteristics, foregiving html parsing, and support for xpath that you would recommend.
Or maybe I'm just doing it wrong, and there is some other tool where I can click a dom element and get a selector expressed in cheerio compatible syntax? I've also heard that xpath in browsers at least is remarkably more efficient than the css selectors based on DOM traversal. John Resig has a post that is a bit dated on this topic, but it seems compelling. I'm really not sure of anything.
From what I've read, jquery supported it but it was removed a long time ago 1. It looks like it was moved to a plugin, but even that seems dubiously stale.
I don't sadly. It may be irrelevant since Resig was talking about browser implementations, well before node or V8 for that matter were prime time.
Maybe I'm just going about this with the wrong strategy?Need for Dynamic Web Scraping - 1
For each key of feature. Like I said, it made for some nice popups, but was tough to use in subsequent JS programs. Lo and behold, cheerio is server-side extension of jQuery that lets you load, parse, and traverse HTML strings in the Node runtime.
Since it is just jQuery under the hood, it took me only a few minutes to write this little script to find the correct table cell, extract its content, overwrite the original property on the GeoJSON object, and then write that result to a new file:. Although a lot of this data wrangling has been a pain, I really like the idea of using cheerio for more advanced things. When I have the courage to write-up a longer post on the steps that lead me here, I include a link here.
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Stack Overflow for Teams is a private, secure spot for you and your coworkers to find and share information. My DOM is loaded in cheerio via fs module because I have this webpage stored locally :. Then I am trying to iterate via each xpath part, get the element of the dom tree, check it's children if the name and element number matches, and if they do, store rez as this mathed element.
Then I do continue to dig down with new xpath part. The code looks like this, but it fails to get what I want because just after I get the first mach and set rez as the matched element, in the next for loop cycle this new element seems not to have any children elements.
It seems like you are doing way more work then you need to find the desired element. Can you post a sample html page? I have written this code, which gets the correct element in cheeriogiven an xpath.
This works only for the most basic xpath, the kind that is mentioned in the question and the kind which is usually given by browsers for an element. Learn more. Getting element using xpath and cheerio Ask Question. Asked 7 years, 3 months ago. Active 5 years, 7 months ago. Viewed 13k times. Trying to write a function in node. Astro Astro 3 3 gold badges 6 6 silver badges 15 15 bronze badges.
Active Oldest Votes. Cheerio provides a higher-level api for finding elements that you should use.
Noah Noah I did implement your approach, and I stuck on getting, for example, third element, when the part of xpath is like '.
I use the code pasted here pastebin. Without any sample html it is hard to give you suggestions. At the time I haven't found a forgiving DOM parser compatible with xpath, yet. It doesn't seem like a W3C-compliant XPath implementation though. Sign up or log in Sign up using Google. Sign up using Facebook. Sign up using Email and Password. Post as a guest Name. Email Required, but never shown.
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First you need to load in the HTML. You can also pass an extra object to. These parsing options are taken directly from htmlparser2therefore any options that can be used in htmlparser2 are valid in cheerio as well. The default options are:. This selector method is the starting point for traversing and manipulating the document. Method for getting and setting attributes. Gets the attribute value for only the first element in the matched set. You may also pass a map and function like jQuery.
Method for getting and setting properties. Gets the property value for only the first element in the matched set. Method for getting and setting data attributes.