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Panther is a convenient standalone library to scrape websites and to run end-to-end tests using real browsers.

Panther is super powerful. It leverages the W3C's WebDriver protocol to drive native web browsers such as Google Chrome and Firefox.

Panther is very easy to use, because it implements Symfony's popular BrowserKit and DomCrawler APIs, and contains all the features you need to test your apps. It will sound familiar if you have ever created a functional test for a Symfony app: as the API is exactly the same! Keep in mind that Panther can be used in every PHP project, as it is a standalone library.

Panther automatically finds your local installation of Chrome or Firefox and launches them, so you don't need to install anything else on your computer, a Selenium server is not needed!

In test mode, Panther automatically starts your application using the PHP built-in web-server. You can focus on writing your tests or web-scraping scenario and Panther will take care of everything else.


  • executes the JavaScript code contained in webpages
  • supports everything that Chrome (or Firefox) implements
  • allows taking screenshots
  • can wait for asynchronously loaded elements to show up
  • lets you run your own JS code or XPath queries in the context of the loaded page
  • supports custom Selenium server installations
  • supports remote browser testing services including SauceLabs and BrowserStack

Gracy is an API client library based on httpx that provides an extra stability layer with:

  • Retry logic
  • Logging
  • Connection throttling
  • Tracking/Middleware

In web scraping, Gracy can be a convenient tool for creating scraper based API clients.

Example Use


use Symfony\Component\Panther\Client;

require __DIR__.'/vendor/autoload.php'; // Composer's autoloader

$client = Client::createChromeClient();
// Or, if you care about the open web and prefer to use Firefox
$client = Client::createFirefoxClient();

$client->request('GET', ''); // Yes, this website is 100% written in JavaScript
$client->clickLink('Get started');

// Wait for an element to be present in the DOM (even if hidden)
$crawler = $client->waitFor('#installing-the-framework');
// Alternatively, wait for an element to be visible
$crawler = $client->waitForVisibility('#installing-the-framework');

echo $crawler->filter('#installing-the-framework')->text();
$client->takeScreenshot('screen.png'); // Yeah, screenshot!
# 0. Import
import asyncio
from typing import Awaitable
from gracy import BaseEndpoint, Gracy, GracyConfig, LogEvent, LogLevel

# 1. Define your endpoints
class PokeApiEndpoint(BaseEndpoint):
    GET_POKEMON = "/pokemon/{NAME}" # 👈 Put placeholders as needed

# 2. Define your Graceful API
class GracefulPokeAPI(Gracy[str]):
    class Config:  # type: ignore
        BASE_URL = "" # 👈 Optional BASE_URL
        # 👇 Define settings to apply for every request
        SETTINGS = GracyConfig(
          log_response=LogEvent(LogLevel.INFO, "{URL} took {ELAPSED}"),
            "default": lambda r: r.json()

    async def get_pokemon(self, name: str) -> Awaitable[dict]:
        return await self.get(PokeApiEndpoint.GET_POKEMON, {"NAME": name})

    # Note: since Gracy is based on httpx we can customized the used client with custom headers etc"
    def _create_client(self) -> httpx.AsyncClient:
        client = super()._create_client()
        client.headers = {"User-Agent": f"My Scraper"} 
        return client

pokeapi = GracefulPokeAPI()

async def main():
      pokemon = await pokeapi.get_pokemon("pikachu")


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