воскресенье, 7 июня 2015 г.

Using Selenium+PhantomJS+Browsermob-proxy for AJAX scraping

Recently I needed to write a Python script which obtains data from AJAX traffic of a website with a very good anti-robot protection. Selenium with some browser (I prefer headless PhantomJS) is usually good for such tasks, but in this case it was not enough: I needed raw AJAX data, not webpage contents after its JS processing, and server did not accept direct requests, even with cookies which I've got with Selenium. I tried to get traffic dump from the browser; PhantomJS can generate HAR dump, but it turned out that it still misses support for capturing contents. Next idea was to use a capturing proxy; Browsermob-proxy came up as a good choice. It supports HAR, too, and can be easily controlled from Python script with this module, just like a browser with Selenium.
Here is the code example:

# Start proxy
from browsermobproxy import Server
server = Server('/path/to/browsermob-proxy')
proxy = server.create_proxy()

# Start browser
import selenium.webdriver
browser = selenium.webdriver.PhantomJS('/path/to/phantomjs', service_args=['--proxy={0}'.format(proxy.proxy), '--ignore-ssl-errors=true'])

# Tell browser to open webapp page

# Tell proxy to start capture
proxy.new_har(options={'captureHeaders':True, 'captureContent':True})

# Tell browser to perform some actions which should cause AJAX requests
browser.find_element_by_id('some-input-id').send_keys('some input')

# Wait for end of transmission
# Ideally, this should be implemented as wating for some browser event
from time import sleep

# Process results
for entry in proxy.har['log']['entries']:
    if entry['request']['url'] == 'http://web.app/ajax/endpoint/url':

# Shutdown

1 комментарий:

  1. proxy.new_har(options={'captureHeaders':True, 'captureContent':True})

    вот за эту строчку - спасибо! не мог найти реализацию ее на питоне, только на жаве