Open source web crawler with mysql integration

Philip Semanchuk philip at semanchuk.com
Fri Apr 10 04:45:34 CEST 2009


On Apr 9, 2009, at 7:37 PM, Daniel Fetchinson wrote:

>> I'm looking for a crawler that can spider my site and toss the  
>> results
>> into mysql so, in turn, that database can be indexed by Sphinx  
>> Search.
>>
>> Since I don't want to reinvent the wheel, is anyone aware of any open
>> source projects or code snippets that can already handle this?
>
> Have a look at http://nikitathespider.com/python/


As the author of Nikita, I can say that (a) she used Postgres and (b)  
the code wasn't open sourced except for a couple of small parts. The  
service is now defunct. It wasn't making money. Ideally I'd like to  
open source the code one day, but it would take a lot of documentation  
work to make it installable by others, and I won't have the time to do  
that for the foreseeable future.

At the URL provided there's a nice module for parsing robots.txt files  
(better than the one in the standard library IMHO) but that's about it.

FYI, I wrote my spider in Python because I couldn't find a decent one  
written in Python. There's Nutch, but that's not Python (Java I think).

Good luck
Philip




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