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Ferret is a web scraping system. It aims to simplify data extraction from the web for UI testing, machine learning, analytics and more. ferret allows users to focus on the data. It abstracts away the technical details and complexity of underlying technologies using its own declarative language. It is extremely portable, extensible, and fast.


  • Declarative language
  • Support of both static and dynamic web pages
  • Embeddable
  • Extensible

Ferret is always implemented in Python through pyfer

Scrapyd is a service for running Scrapy spiders. It allows you to schedule spiders to run at regular intervals and also allows you to run spiders on remote machines. It is built in Python, and it is meant to be used in a server-client architecture, where the scrapyd server runs on a remote machine, and clients can schedule and control spider runs on the server using an HTTP API. With Scrapyd, you can schedule spider runs on a regular basis, schedule spider runs on demand, and view the status of running spiders.

You can also see the logs of completed spiders, and manage spider settings and configurations. Scrapyd also provides an API that allows you to schedule spider runs, cancel spider runs, and view the status of running spiders. You can install the package via pip by running pip install scrapyd and then you can run the package by running scrapyd command in your command prompt. By default, it will start a web server on port 6800, but you can specify a different port using the `--port`` option.

Scrapyd is a good solution if you need to run Scrapy spiders on a remote machine, or if you need to schedule spider runs on a regular basis. It's also useful if you have multiple spiders, and you need a way to manage and monitor them all in one place.

for more web interface see scrapydweb

Example Use

// Example scraper for Google in Ferret:
LET google = DOCUMENT("", {
    driver: "cdp",
    userAgent: "Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; Intel Mac OS X 10_14_6) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/76.0.3809.87 Safari/537.36"

HOVER(google, 'input[name="q"]')
INPUT(google, 'input[name="q"]', @criteria, 30)
CLICK(google, 'input[name="btnK"]')

WAITFOR EVENT "navigation" IN google

WAIT_ELEMENT(google, "#res")

LET results = ELEMENTS(google, X("//*[text() = 'Search Results']/following-sibling::*/*"))

FOR el IN results
    RETURN {
        title: INNER_TEXT(el, 'h3')?,
        description: INNER_TEXT(el, X("//em/parent::*")),
        url: ELEMENT(el, 'a')?.attributes.href
$ scrapyd
$ curl http://localhost:6800/schedule.json -d project=myproject -d spider=spider2

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