Sep. 19, 2012

Python Command Line IMDB Scraper

Overview

This script will ask for a movie title and a year and then query IMDB for it.

Command Line IMDB Scraper

First step is to import the necessary modules.

#!/usr/bin/env python27

#Importing the modules

from BeautifulSoup import BeautifulSoup
import sys
import urllib2
import re
import json

#Ask for movie title
title = raw_input("Please enter a movie title: ")

#Ask for which year
year = raw_input("which year? ")

#Search for spaces in the title string
raw_string = re.compile(r' ')

#Replace spaces with a plus sign
searchstring = raw_string.sub('+', title)

#Prints the search string
print searchstring

#The actual query
url = "http://www.imdbapi.com/?t=" + searchstring + "&y="+year

request = urllib2.Request(url)

response = json.load(urllib2.urlopen(request))

print json.dumps(response,indent=2)

Enjoy it!

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