How can I retrieve the links of a webpage and copy the url address of the links using Python?
Here's a short snippet using the SoupStrainer class in BeautifulSoup:
import httplib2 from BeautifulSoup import BeautifulSoup, SoupStrainer http = httplib2.Http() status, response = http.request('http://www.nytimes.com') for link in BeautifulSoup(response, parseOnlyThese=SoupStrainer('a')): if link.has_attr('href'): print link['href']
The BeautifulSoup documentation is actually quite good, and covers a number of typical scenarios:
Edit: Note that I used the SoupStrainer class because it's a bit more efficient (memory and speed wise), if you know what you're parsing in advance.