What is this ?

This software crawls articles published on the frontpage of various online news outlets. For every article, it extracts its title, category, content, links and links to embedded medias. The extracted data is stored in a plaintext database, as a series of JSON files.

3rd party Dependencies

  • scrapy's HtmlXPathSelector : because any BeautifulSoup-based app is an half-assed implementation of XPath anyway.
  • BeautifulSoup. This project currently uses a mix of version 3 and 4 of BeautifulSoup. It's not pretty but porting the old code was not a priority. They use different namespaces so there are no confusions.
  • nose for unit testing.


This project is licensed under the MIT open-source license. See LICENSE.txt for details.


This project was tested with python 2.6 and python 2.7.