Urllib's urlopen and urlretrieve

Michael Herman hermanmu at gmail.com
Thu Feb 21 13:59:26 CET 2013

Are you just trying to get the html? If so, you can use this code-

*import urllib*
*# fetch the and download a webpage, nameing it test.html*
*urllib.urlretrieve("http://www.web2py.com/", filename="test.html")*

I recommend using the requests library, as it's easier to use and more

*import requests*

*# retrive the webpage
r = requests.get("http://www.web2py.com/")*

*# write the content to test_request.html
with open("test_requests.html", "wb") as code:


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On Thu, Feb 21, 2013 at 4:12 AM, <qoresucks at gmail.com> wrote:

> I only just started Python and given that I know nothing about network
> programming or internet programming of any kind really, I thought it would
> be interesting to try write something that could create an archive of a
> website for myself. With this I started trying to use the urllib library,
> however I am having a problem understanding why certain things wont work
> with the urllib.urlretrieve and urllib.urlopen then reading.
> Why is it that when using urllib.urlopen then reading or
> urllib.urlretrieve, does it only give me parts of the sites, loosing the
> formatting, images, etc...? How can I get around this?
> Lastly, while its a bit off topic, I lack a good understanding of network
> programming as a whole. From making programs communicate or to simply
> extract data from URL's, I don't know where to even begin, which has lead
> me to learning python to better understand it hopefully then carry it over
> to other languages I know. Can anyone give me some advice on where to begin
> learning this information? Even if its in another language.
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