Php – Scrape web page contents


I am developing a project, for which I want to scrape the contents of a website in the background and get some limited content from that scraped website. For example, in my page I have "userid" and "password" fields, by using those I will access my mail and scrape my inbox contents and display it in my page.

I done the above by using javascript alone. But when I click the sign in button the URL of my page (http://localhost/web/Login.html) is changed to the URL (….) which I am scraped. But I scrap the details without changing my url.

Best Solution

Definitely go with PHP Simple HTML DOM Parser. It's fast, easy and super flexible. It basically sticks an entire HTML page in an object then you can access any element from that object.

Like the example of the official site, to get all links on the main Google page:

// Create DOM from URL or file
$html = file_get_html('');

// Find all images 
foreach($html->find('img') as $element) 
       echo $element->src . '<br>';

// Find all links 
foreach($html->find('a') as $element) 
       echo $element->href . '<br>';
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