Grunt wrapper around scrape plugin.

Usage no npm install needed!

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grunt-scrape v.0.1.0

A grunt wrapper around node-scrape plugin. Allows to scrape webpages and extract data collections.

Getting Started

This plugin requires Grunt ~0.4.5

If you haven't used Grunt before, be sure to check out the Getting Started guide, as it explains how to create a Gruntfile as well as install and use Grunt plugins. Once you're familiar with that process, you may install this plugin with this command:

npm install grunt-scrape --save-dev

Once the plugin has been installed, it may be enabled inside your Gruntfile with this line of JavaScript:


scrape task

Run this task with the grunt scrape command.

Task targets, files and options may be specified according to the grunt Configuring tasks guide.


The minimal setup for grunt-scrape is a scrape task the fields src, dest and collections.

scrape: {
  mydata: {
    src: '',
    dest: 'tmp/data.json',
    collections: [{
      name: 'mydata',
      group: '#someid > .some-class > table tr',
      elements: {
        name: {
          query: '> td > a'
        link: {
          query: '> td > a',
          attr: 'href'


Collections (collections {array(object)})

One or more collections to extract from the website. Each collection will produce an object containing the fields specified under the elements option.


name {string}

The name of the collection

elements {array(object)}

Specifies the fields of data to extract. Options are:

query {string}

A jQuery selector that identifies the field within the page or current group.

attr {string} (optional)

Specifies the data to extract. If no attr is specified data will be extracted using the jQuery('.selector').text() method (will strip any html tags still contained in the node).

If you want to specifically extract html information use attr: 'html'

All common html-attributes are available, e.g., class, href, src, ...

filter {string|function} (optional)

Allows to define a regular expression to further restrict the data to be extracted from a certain node.

Also allows a callback function for custom filtering. Return null to exclude the element from being added to the resulting dataset.

format {string|function} (optional)

Specify a formatter to process the extracted data with. Presets are number (formats the data using Number(data)) or date (will create a new Date object).

Also allows a callback function for custom filtering. Return null to exclude the element from being added to the resulting dataset.

group {string}

A jQuery selector that identifies a grouped block of information on the page. All queries of a colletion are run against this group.

Should be used to differentiate individual items of information, e.g., a table row within a table.

If no group is specified items will be grouped by index (requires the same number of results for each element of the collections).

Source (src) and source parameters (params)

src {string|array(string)}

One or more urls of websites to scrape.

params {object} (optional)

Allows to specify request parameters. Should be used when trying to to scrape multiple websites in a task. Request parameters should be indicated in the src url using a colon, e.g., :id

src: '',
options: {
  id: [123, 456],
  param: ['prime','secondary']

If multiple options are provided all permutations of the options provided will be scraped, i.e.:

Destination (dest)

dest {string}

The path to the output file. Must specify a valid file ending, as the output file format will be determined by path's file ending.

dest: 'path/to/my/file.json'

The path will be assumed from the current working directory.

Supported file formats are for now:

.csv (* only available for single collections)

Options (options)

Allows to specify request options for accessing the target website (e.g., proxy, auth). For available options and usage, see request.



<tr><td>Doe, John</td>...</tr>
<tr><td>Johnson, Jane</td>...</tr>

Assuming a format of Lastname, Firstname within a node you can extract firstname and lastname separately using the filter function

elements: {
  firstname: {
    query: '> td > a',
    filter: /,[ ]*(.*)/
  lastname: {
    query: '> td > a',
    filter: /(.*)[ ]*,/

will extract:

  firstname: 'John',
  lastname: 'Doe',
  firstname: 'Jane',
  lastname: 'Johnson',


<tr><td>Doe, John</td><td>24</td></tr>
<tr><td>Johnson, Jane</td><td>45</td></tr>
elements: {
  age: {
    query: '> td > td:nth-child(2)',
    format: 'number'

format: 'number will convert the data extracted by the query to a number before adding it to the dataset:

  age: 'John',
  lastname: 'Doe',
  age: 24
  firstname: 'Jane',
  lastname: 'Johnson',
  age: 45


grunt-scrape is licensed under the MIT License.