Web Scraping For Beginners With Scrapy & Python Step-By-Step

Web Scraping For Beginners With Scrapy & Python Step-By-Step. Web scraping is the process of extracting data from websites by using automated methods. This course will teach you how to scrape data from a website using Scrapy and python. We will start with an introduction to Scrapy and then move on to scraping with python. We will cover topics such as how to set up your environment, how to use the various Scrapy modules, and how to get started with data extraction.

It can be used for data analysis, data extraction, and data mining. Web scraping can be done with a wide variety of programming languages, but the most popular ones are Python and Scrapy. This Step-By-Step & In-Depth Guide will teach you how to use Scrapy to scrape websites for data. Finally, you will learn how to analyze the data scraped from the websites. By following this guide, you will be able to learn web scraping techniques and tools in an easy way!

Web Scraping For Beginners With Scrapy & Python Step-By-Step

You will Learn

  • Define the Steps Involved in Web Scraping and Creating Web Crawlers
  • Install and Setup Scrapy in Windows, Mac OS, Ubuntu (Linux) & Anaconda Environments
  • Send Request to a URL to Scrape Websites Using Scrapy Spider
  • Get the HTML Response From URL and Parse it for Web Scraping
  • Select Desired Data From Websites Using Scrapy Selector, CSS Selectors & XPath
  • Scrapy Crawl Spiders to Get Data From Websites And Extract it to JSON, CSV, XLSX ( Excel ), and XML Files
  • Use Scrapy Shell Commands to Test & Verify CSS Selectors or XPath
  • Export and Save Scraped Data to Online Databases Like MongoDB Using Scrapy Item Pipelines
  • Define Scrapy Items to Organize Scraped Data And Load Items Using Scrapy Itemloaders with Input & Output Processors
  • Scrape Data From Multiple Web Pages Using Scrapy Pagination And Extract Data From HTML Tables
  • Login Into Websites Using Scrapy FormRequest With CSRF Tokens
  • Scrape Dynamic/JavaScript Rendered Websites Using Scrapy-Playwright And Interact With Web Elements, Take Screenshot of Websites or Save as PDF
  • Identify API Calls From a Website and Scrape Data From API Using Scrapy Request

A Step-By-Step Guide

Assuming that you don’t know anything about web scraping, scrapy python web scraping,  or even web scraping meaning –  we will start from the complete basics. In the first section, you’ll learn about the web scraping process step-by-step (with infographics – no code), how to scrape data from websites and how to use scrapy for the same (i.e. scrapy meaning).

After getting the basics clear and having an idea of how web scraping works, we will start web scraping using python & scrapy framework! Again, we’ll move step-by-step and perform each step learned in the basics with bite-sized lessons. We’ll take it slow so that it’s easier for you to understand each and every step involved in scraping and extracting data from websites.

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Web Scraping & Scrapy Essentials

Having built an actual web scraper, you’ll get an idea of how web scraping works firsthand. Now it’s crucial to cover the essential concepts of web scraping and scrapy, which we will do next.

  • CSS Selectors to select web elements
  • XPath to select web elements
  • Scrapy Shell to test & verify selectors
  • Items to organize extracted data
  • Load Items with ItemLoaders with input & output Processors
  • Export data to JSON, CSV, XLSX (Excel) & XML file formats
  • Save extracted data to online databases like MongoDB using ItemPipelines

Master Web Scraping In-Depth

Learning how to scrape websites and the essentials already makes you a complete web scraper but, we’ll take this even further and learn the advanced web scraping techniques to become an expert!

  • Follow links in a webpage to another page
  • Crawl multiple pages and extract data i.e. Pagination
  • Scrape data using Regular Expressions (RegEx)
  • Extract Data From HTML Tables
  • Login Into Websites Using Scrapy FormRequest
  • Bypass CSRF protected Login forms
  • Scrape Dynamic or JavaScript Rendered Websites using Scrapy Playwright
    • Interact with web elements like fill forms, click buttons, etc.
    • Handle Infinite Scroll websites
    • Wait For Elements when contents/data takes time to load
    • Take Screenshot of websites
    • Save websites as PDF
  • Identify API calls from websites and scrape data from APIs
  • Use middleware in a scrapy project
  • Configure settings in a scrapy project
  • Use and Rotate User-Agents & Proxies
  • Web scraping Best Practices

Real-World Projects

After master web scraping, we need projects to get started! That’s why you’ll perform three projects as well:

  • Champions League Table [ ESPN ]
  • Product Tracker [ Amazon ]
  • Scraper Application [ GUI ]

Join us in this in-depth course where you’ll learn about web scraping from scratch and master the process of extracting data from websites step-by-step. 

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