In this web scraping guide, we'll explain how to create a tool for tracking competitor prices using Python. It will scrape specific products from different providers, compare their prices and generate insights.
Python is full of great HTTP client libraries but which one is best for web scraping?
requests - is the oldest and most mature library. It's easy to learn as there are many resources but it doesn't support asyncio or http2
aiohttp - is asynchronous take on
requests so it fully supports asyncio which can be a major speed boost for web scrapers. Aiohttp also offers a http server making it great for creating web scraping applications that can scrape data and deliver it.
httpx - is the new de facto standard when it comes to HTTP clients in Python. It offers vital
HTTP2 support and is fully compatible with
asyncio making it the best choice for web scraping.