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rvest is a popular R library for web scraping and parsing HTML and XML documents. It is built on top of the xml2 and httr libraries and provides a simple and consistent API for interacting with web pages.

One of the main advantages of using rvest is its simplicity and ease of use. It provides a number of functions that make it easy to extract information from web pages, even for those who are not familiar with web scraping. The html_nodes and html_node functions allow you to select elements from an HTML document using CSS selectors, similar to how you would select elements in JavaScript.

rvest also provides functions for interacting with forms, including html_form, set_values, and submit_form functions. These functions make it easy to navigate through forms and submit data to the server, which can be useful when scraping sites that require authentication or when interacting with dynamic web pages.

rvest also provides functions for parsing XML documents. It includes xml_nodes and xml_node functions, which also use CSS selectors to select elements from an XML document, as well as xml_attrs and xml_attr functions to extract attributes from elements.

Another advantage of rvest is that it provides a way to handle cookies, so you can keep the session alive while scraping a website, and also you can handle redirections with handle_redirects

Ayakashi is a web scraping library for Node.js that allows developers to easily extract structured data from websites. It is built on top of the popular "puppeteer" library and provides a simple and intuitive API for defining and querying the structure of a website.


  • Powerful querying and data models
    Ayakashi's way of finding things in the page and using them is done with props and domQL. Directly inspired by the relational database world (and SQL), domQL makes DOM access easy and readable no matter how obscure the page's structure is. Props are the way to package domQL expressions as re-usable structures which can then be passed around to actions or to be used as models for data extraction.
  • High level builtin actions
    Ready made actions so you can focus on what matters. Easily handle infinite scrolling, single page navigation, events and more. Plus, you can always build your own actions, either from scratch or by composing other actions.
  • Preload code on pages
    Need to include a bunch of code, a library you made or a 3rd party module and make it available on a page? Preloaders have you covered.

Example Use


# Rvest can use basic HTTP client to download remote HTML:
tree <- read_html("")
# or read from string:
tree <- read_html('
<div class="products">
  <a href="/product/1">Cat Food</a>
  <a href="/product/2">Dog Food</a>

# to parse HTML trees with rvest we use r pipes (the %>% symbol) and html_element function:
# we can use css selectors:
print(tree %>% html_element(".products>a") %>% html_text())
# "[1] "\nCat Food\nDog Food\n""

# or XPath:
print(tree %>% html_element(xpath="//div[@class='products']/a") %>% html_text())
# "[1] "\nCat Food\nDog Food\n""

# Additionally rvest offers many quality of life functions:
# html_text2 - removes trailing and leading spaces and joins values
print(tree %>% html_element("div") %>% html_text2())
# "[1] "Cat Food Dog Food""

# html_attr - selects element's attribute:
print(tree %>% html_element("div") %>% html_attr('class'))
# "products"
const ayakashi = require("ayakashi");
const myAyakashi = ayakashi.init();

// navigate the browser
await myAyakashi.goTo("");

// parsing HTML
// first by defnining a selector
    .where({class: {eq: "product-item"}});

// then executing selector on current HTML:
const productList = await myAyakashi.extract("productList");

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