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axios is a popular JavaScript library that allows you to make HTTP requests from a Node.js environment. It is a promise-based library that works in both the browser and Node.js. It is similar to the Fetch API, but with a more powerful feature set and better browser compatibility.

One of the main benefits of using axios is that it automatically transforms the response data into a JSON object, making it easy to work with.

Axios is known for user-friendly API and support for asynchronous async/await syntax making it very accessible in web scraping.

node-fetch is a lightweight library that provides a fetch()-like API for making HTTP requests in Node.js. It is a light-weight implementation of the Fetch API, which is mostly compatible with the browser's version.

node-fetch is primarily known as almost identical package fetch() is included in web browsers so it shares the same use common API. It's great starting point for people coming from front-end environment.

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Example Use


// axios can be used with promises:
axios.get('http://httpbin.org/json')
  .then(response => {
    console.log(response.data);
  })
  .catch(error => {
    console.log(error);
  });

// or async await syntax:
var resp = await axios.get('http://httpbin.org/json');
console.log(resp.data);

// to make requests concurrently Promise.all function can be used:
const results = await Promise.all([
  axios.get('http://httpbin.org/html'),
  axios.get('http://httpbin.org/html'),
  axios.get('http://httpbin.org/html'),
])

// axios also supports other type of requests like POST and even automatically serialize them:
await axios.post('http://httpbin.org/post', {'query': 'hello world'});
// or formdata
const data = {name: 'John Doe', email: 'johndoe@example.com'};

await axios.post('https://jsonplaceholder.typicode.com/users',
    querystring.stringify(data), 
    {
        headers: {
            'Content-Type': 'application/x-www-form-urlencoded'
        }
    }
);

// default values like headers can be configured globally
axios.defaults.headers.common['User-Agent'] = 'webscraping.fyi';
// or for session instance:
const instance = axios.create({
  headers: {"User-Agent": "webscraping.fyi"},
})
const fetch = require('node-fetch');

// fetch supports both Promises and async/await
fetch('http://httpbin.org/get')
    .then(res => res.text())
    .then(body => console.log(body))
    .catch(err => console.error(err));
const response = await fetch('http://httpbin.org/get');

// for concurrent scraping Promise.all can be used
const results = await Promise.all([
  fetch('http://httpbin.org/html'),
  fetch('http://httpbin.org/html'),
  fetch('http://httpbin.org/html'),
])

// POST requests
await fetch('http://httpbin.org/post', {
    method: 'POST',
    headers: { 'Content-Type': 'application/json' },
    body: JSON.stringify({ name: 'John Doe' }),
})

// Proxy use:
const agent = new https.Agent({
    rejectUnauthorized: false,
    proxy: {
        host: 'proxy.example.com',
        port: 8080
    }
});

await fetch('https://httpbin.org/ip', { agent })

// setting headers and cookies
const headers = new fetch.Headers();
headers.append('Cookie', 'myCookie=123');
headers.append('X-My-Header', 'myValue');

await fetch('https://httpbin.org/headers', { headers })

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