Tutorial: Clone entire pages and websites using Python

There are more websites than stars ... or what was it like?? Today there are a large number of websites available on the internet.

And it is not for more, a large number of websites are uploaded to the internet daily (business, of news, blogs, Applications, etc.) of diverse themes and of the most varied purposes.

We all consult information on the internet, either to learn or to have fun for a while. Martyrdom comes when for some reason we do not have internet and we must consult information.

One of the basic options is to download the pages to consult their content later, in fact, Google Chrome offers an option to download web pages with just one click.

But the option offered by Google Chrome is too simple, since it only allows you to download the current page and if you want to download other pages from the same site you must navigate between it and download all the pages one by one.

This process, besides being boring, it will take you a long time in case you want to download all the content from a website. But Python has arrived to help us.

Python, the all-round programming language, offers among its thousands of libraries one that allows downloading complete websites without blowing our heads.

In other words, with Python you will be able to download websites with few lines of code and customizing your download. What's more, you can make use of this download library and include it in your own software projects.

pywebcopy

pywebcopy is a python package for cloning web pages and entire websites to local storage. In this way you can download a website in full and consult it when you do not have internet.

If you already have Python installed, the process to install pywebcopy is very simple you just have to execute the following command:

pip install pywebcopy

Download customization

When a download is requested through pywebcopy you can customize the type of download. So as not to make it so long, the main thing are two parameters: url project name and destination folder.

url: is the url of the target site or web page to download, Remember to validate in advance that it is available and accessible.

Project's name: Download project name (main folder name)

Destination folder: It is the local storage where all the files will be downloaded (images, documents, etc.) of the site or web page.

Code

The part everyone was waiting for. To run the code you must first import pywebcopy, and add the url to the code, the destination folder and the project name.

The complete code to save a simple web page is:

If you want to save an entire website, the code is:

At the end of the execution you will have a complete copy of the site or web page.

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