How to Write a Headless Web Scraping Bot in Python

Installing Python 3, PIP3 and Nano from the Terminal Command Line

It’s always a good idea to update everything on a particular instance. First, let’s update all the packages to the latest versions so we won’t run into any issues down the road.

sudo yum update
sudo yum install https://centos7.iuscommunity.org/ius-release.rpm
sudo yum install python36u
sudo yum install python36u-pip
sudo yum install nano

Install our Python Packages through Pip

Now we need to install our Python packages we will be using today, Requests and Beautiful Soup 4.

pip36u install requests
pip36u install beautifulsoup4
mkdir Python_apps
cd Python_apps

Writing Our Headless Scraping Bot in Python

Now comes the fun part! We can write our Python Headless Scraper Bot. We will be using Requests to go to a URL and grab the page source. Then we will use Beautiful Soup 4 to parse the HTML source into a semi readable format. After doing this we will save the parsed data to a local file on the instance. Let’s get to work.

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