What is the best framework for web scraping with Python?

Scrapy

Scrapy framework is a robust and complete web scraping tool that allows you to:

  • explore a whole website from a single URL (crawling)
  • rate-limit the exploration to avoid getting banned
  • generates data export in CSV, JSON, and XML
  • storing the data in S3, databases, etc 
  • cookies and session handling
  • HTTP features like compression, authentication, caching
  • user-agent spoofing
  • robots.txt
  • crawl depth restriction
  • and more

However, this framework can be a bit hard to use, especially for beginners. If you want to learn this framework, check out our Scrapy tutorial.

If you only need to scrape some simple webpages, we suggest you use a standard Python HTTP client and BeautifoulSoup

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