playwright is a Python package that allows developers to automate web browsers for end-to-end testing, web scraping, and web performance analysis. It is built on top of WebKit, Mozilla's Gecko, and Microsoft's EdgeHTML, and it is designed to be fast, reliable, and easy to use.
playwright is similar to Selenium, but it provides a more modern and powerful API, with features such as automatic waiting for elements, automatic retries, and built-in support for browser contexts, which allow you to open multiple pages in a single browser instance.
Playwright also provides an asynchronous client which makes scaling playwright-powered web scrapers easier than alternatives (like Selenium)
from playwright import sync_playwright # Start Playwright with sync_playwright() as playwright: # Launch a browser instance browser = playwright.chromium.launch() # Open a new context (tab) context = browser.new_context() # Create a new page in the context page = context.new_page() # Navigate to a website page.goto("https://www.example.com") # Find an element by its id element = page.get_by_id("example-id") # Interact with the element element.click() # Fill an input form page.get_by_name("example-name").fill("example text") # Find and click a button page.get_by_xpath("//button[text()='Search']").click() # Wait for the page to load page.wait_for_selector("#results") # Get the page title print(page.title) # Close the browser browser.close()