“Python Learning: Automate Boring Stuff with Python | Chapter 11 : My Solution to Comic Downloader

Downloading a comic…. 9% 12:39:32 PM

There is a solution provided in the book but this is my way of going around the task


[sourcecode language=”python”]

#comic saver – saves each post of a comic page
#USAGE python comic.py <url>

import logging, requests, bs4, os, sys
logging.basicConfig(level=logging.DEBUG, format=" %(asctime)s – %(levelname)s – %(message)s")
#TODO: get url

if len( sys.argv ) == 1:
#comic_url = sys.argv[1]
comic_url = "http://xkcd.com"
#TODO: make request to url
res = requests.get(comic_url)
comic_soup = bs4.BeautifulSoup(res.text,"html.parser" )
logging.info("Soup created ")
prev_button = comic_soup.select("a[rel=’prev’]")[0]
prev_button_href = prev_button.get("href")
logging.info("Prev button obtained")
iterator = 0
limit = 100
dir = None
if not os.path.exists(os.path.abspath("comic")):
dir = os.mkdir("comic")
dir = os.path.abspath("comic")
while not prev_button.endswith("#") and iterator < limit: #TODO: get image in comic comic_image = comic_soup.select("#comic > img")
assert comic_image, "Image should exist"
if comic_image:
comic_image = comic_image[0]
comic_image_url = comic_image.get("src")
comic_title =comic_soup.select("#ctitle")
comic_title = comic_title[0].get_text()

#TODO: download image
comic_res = requests.get(comic_url + comic_image_url)
#TODO: create a file
comic_file = open(os.path.join(dir, comic_title + ".jpg" ), "wb")
logging.info("Comic File created as {}".format(comic_title))
for chunk in comic_res.iter_content(10000):
#close file
except Exception as err:
logging.error("Comic Download Error: " + str( err ))

#TODO: switch to previous page
res = requests.get(comic_url + prev_button_href)
#TODO: res set soup
comic_soup = bs4.BeautifulSoup(res.text,"html.parser" )
#TODO: set prev_button
prev_button = comic_soup.select("a[rel=’prev’]")
if prev_button:
prev_button = prev_button[0]
prev_button_href = prev_button.get("href")
logging.info("Page has been changed")
iterator+= 1
except Exception as err:

logging.error("Script requires a <url>")

#TODO: loop over the previous button and make request
#TODO: save image in html
#TODO repeat till no previous button is found


After 2 minutes my Comic directory looked like this:

Just pythoning comic books…

See you soon!