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scrapelib 0.7.3

a library for scraping things

Latest Version: 1.1.0


scrapelib is a library for making requests to websites, particularly those
that may be less-than-reliable.

scrapelib originated as part of the `Open States <http:"" `_<br="">project to scrape the websites of all 50 state legislatures and as a result
was therefore designed with features desirable when dealing with sites that
have intermittent errors or require rate-limiting.

As of version 0.7 scrapelib has been retooled to take advantage of the superb
`requests <http:"">`_ library.

Advantages of using scrapelib over alternatives like httplib2 simply using
requests as-is:

* All of the power of the suberb `requests <http:"">`_ library.
* HTTP, HTTPS, and FTP requests via an identical API
* support for simple caching with pluggable cache backends
* request throtting
* configurable retries for non-permanent site failures
* optional robots.txt compliance

scrapelib is a project of Sunlight Labs (c) 2012.
All code is released under a BSD-style license, see LICENSE for details.

Written by James Turk <>

* Michael Stephens - initial urllib2/httplib2 version
* Joe Germuska - fix for IPython embedding
* Alex Chiang - fix to test suite


* python 2.6, 2.7, or 3.2
* requests


scrapelib is available on PyPI and can be installed via ``pip install scrapelib``

PyPI package:



Example Usage


import scrapelib
s = scrapelib.Scraper(requests_per_minute=10, allow_cookies=True,

# Grab Google front page

# Will raise RobotExclusionError

# Will be throttled to 10 HTTP requests per minute
while True:
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