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Osmosis: Web scraper for Node.js


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HTML/XML parser and web scraper for NodeJS.

Features

  • Fast: uses libxml C bindings
  • Lightweight: no dependencies like jQuery, cheerio, or jsdom
  • Clean: promise based interface- no more nested callbacks
  • Flexible: supports both CSS and XPath selectors
  • Predictable: same input, same output, same order
  • Detailed logging for every step
  • Precise and natural IO flow- no setTimeout or process.nextTick
  • Easy debugging with built-in stack size and memory usage reporting
  • Memory leak free

Example: scrape all craigslist listings

var osmosis = require('osmosis');

osmosis
.get('www.craigslist.org/about/sites') 
.find('h1 + div a')
.set('location')
.follow('@href')
.find('header + div + div li > a')
.set('category')
.follow('@href')
.find('p > a', '.totallink + a.button.next:first')
.follow('@href')
.set({
    'title':        'section > h2',
    'description':  '#postingbody',
    'subcategory':  'div.breadbox > span[4]',
    'date':         'time@datetime',
    'latitude':     '#map@data-latitude',
    'longitude':    '#map@data-longitude',
    'images[]':     'img@src'
})
.data(function(listing) {
    // do something with listing data
})

Install

npm install osmosis

Documentation

For documentation and examples check out https://github.com/rc0x03/node-osmosis/wiki

Dependencies


 

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