Scrapy runs on Python 2.7 and Python 3.3 or above (except on Windows where Python 3 is not supported yet).
If you’re already familiar with installation of Python packages, you can install Scrapy and its dependencies from PyPI with:
pip install Scrapy
We strongly recommend that you install Scrapy in a dedicated virtualenv, to avoid conflicting with your system packages.
For more detailed and platform specifics instructions, read on.
Things that are good to know¶
Scrapy is written in pure Python and depends on a few key Python packages (among others):
- lxml, an efficient XML and HTML parser
- parsel, an HTML/XML data extraction library written on top of lxml,
- w3lib, a multi-purpose helper for dealing with URLs and web page encodings
- twisted, an asynchronous networking framework
- cryptography and pyOpenSSL, to deal with various network-level security needs
The minimal versions which Scrapy is tested against are:
- Twisted 14.0
- lxml 3.4
- pyOpenSSL 0.14
Scrapy may work with older versions of these packages but it is not guaranteed it will continue working because it’s not being tested against them.
Some of these packages themselves depends on non-Python packages that might require additional installation steps depending on your platform. Please check platform-specific guides below.
In case of any trouble related to these dependencies, please refer to their respective installation instructions:
Using a virtual environment (recommended)¶
TL;DR: We recommend installing Scrapy inside a virtual environment on all platforms.
Python packages can be installed either globally (a.k.a system wide), or in user-space. We do not recommend installing scrapy system wide.
Instead, we recommend that you install scrapy within a so-called
“virtual environment” (virtualenv).
Virtualenvs allow you to not conflict with already-installed Python
system packages (which could break some of your system tools and scripts),
and still install packages normally with
sudo and the likes).
To get started with virtual environments, see virtualenv installation instructions. To install it globally (having it globally installed actually helps here), it should be a matter of running:
$ [sudo] pip install virtualenv
Check this user guide on how to create your virtualenv.
If you use Linux or OS X, virtualenvwrapper is a handy tool to create virtualenvs.
Once you have created a virtualenv, you can install scrapy inside it with
just like any other Python package.
(See platform-specific guides
below for non-Python dependencies that you may need to install beforehand).
Python virtualenvs can be created to use Python 2 by default, or Python 3 by default.
- If you want to install scrapy with Python 3, install scrapy within a Python 3 virtualenv.
- And if you want to install scrapy with Python 2, install scrapy within a Python 2 virtualenv.
Platform specific installation notes¶
Install Python 2.7 from https://www.python.org/downloads/
You need to adjust
PATHenvironment variable to include paths to the Python executable and additional scripts. The following paths need to be added to
To update the
PATHopen a Command prompt and run:
Close the command prompt window and reopen it so changes take effect, run the following command and check it shows the expected Python version:
Install pywin32 from http://sourceforge.net/projects/pywin32/
Be sure you download the architecture (win32 or amd64) that matches your system
Now open a Command prompt to check
pipis installed correctly:
At this point Python 2.7 and
pippackage manager must be working, let’s install Scrapy:
pip install Scrapy
Python 3 is not supported on Windows. This is because Scrapy core requirement Twisted does not support Python 3 on Windows.
Ubuntu 12.04 or above¶
Scrapy is currently tested with recent-enough versions of lxml, twisted and pyOpenSSL, and is compatible with recent Ubuntu distributions. But it should support older versions of Ubuntu too, like Ubuntu 12.04, albeit with potential issues with TLS connections.
Don’t use the
python-scrapy package provided by Ubuntu, they are
typically too old and slow to catch up with latest Scrapy.
To install scrapy on Ubuntu (or Ubuntu-based) systems, you need to install these dependencies:
sudo apt-get install python-dev python-pip libxml2-dev libxslt1-dev zlib1g-dev libffi-dev libssl-dev
libxslt1-devare required for
libffi-devare required for
If you want to install scrapy on Python 3, you’ll also need Python 3 development headers:
sudo apt-get install python3 python3-dev
Inside a virtualenv,
you can install Scrapy with
pip after that:
pip install scrapy
The same non-python dependencies can be used to install Scrapy in Debian Wheezy (7.0) and above.
Mac OS X¶
Building Scrapy’s dependencies requires the presence of a C compiler and development headers. On OS X this is typically provided by Apple’s Xcode development tools. To install the Xcode command line tools open a terminal window and run:
There’s a known issue that
pip from updating system packages. This has to be addressed to
successfully install Scrapy and its dependencies. Here are some proposed
(Recommended) Don’t use system python, install a new, updated version that doesn’t conflict with the rest of your system. Here’s how to do it using the homebrew package manager:
PATHvariable to state that homebrew packages should be used before system packages (Change
.zshrcaccordantly if you’re using zsh as default shell):
echo "export PATH=/usr/local/bin:/usr/local/sbin:$PATH" >> ~/.bashrc
.bashrcto ensure the changes have taken place:
brew install python
Latest versions of python have
pipbundled with them so you won’t need to install it separately. If this is not the case, upgrade python:
brew update; brew upgrade python
(Optional) Install Scrapy inside an isolated python environment.
This method is a workaround for the above OS X issue, but it’s an overall good practice for managing dependencies and can complement the first method.
virtualenv is a tool you can use to create virtual environments in python. We recommended reading a tutorial like http://docs.python-guide.org/en/latest/dev/virtualenvs/ to get started.
After any of these workarounds you should be able to install Scrapy:
pip install Scrapy
Using Anaconda is an alternative to using a virtualenv and installing with
For Windows users, or if you have issues installing through
pip, this is
the recommended way to install Scrapy.
To install Scrapy using
conda install -c scrapinghub scrapy