Html Scraping in PHP

Web scraping in PHP

I recommend you consider simple_html_dom for this. It will make it very easy.

Here is a working example of how to pull the title, and first image.

require 'simple_html_dom.php';

$html = file_get_html('');
$title = $html->find('title', 0);
$image = $html->find('img', 0);

echo $title->plaintext."<br>\n";
echo $image->src;

Here is a second example that will do the same without an external library. I should note that using regex on HTML is NOT a good idea.

$data = file_get_contents('');

preg_match('/<title>([^<]+)<\/title>/i', $data, $matches);
$title = $matches[1];

preg_match('/<img[^>]*src=[\'"]([^\'"]+)[\'"][^>]*>/i', $data, $matches);
$img = $matches[1];

echo $title."<br>\n";
echo $img;

Website Scraping Using PHP

I'm not an xpath guru, but what I would do is to target first that particular table using that needle categories, then from there get those rows based on that and start looping on found rows.

Rough example:

$grep = new DOMDocument();
$finder = new DOMXpath($grep);

$products = array();
$nodes = $finder->query("
//td[@class='showroom1'][contains(text(), 'CATEGORIES')]

if($nodes->length > 0) {
foreach($nodes as $tr) {
if($finder->evaluate('count(./td/a)', $tr) > 0) {
foreach($finder->query('./td/a[@class="cate_menu"]', $tr) as $row) {
$text = $row->nodeValue;
$number = $finder->query('./following-sibling::text()', $row)->item(0)->nodeValue;
$products[] = "$text $number";


echo '<pre>';

Sample Output

HTML Scraping in Php

I would recomend PHP Simple HTML DOM Parser after you have scraped the HTML from the page. It supports invalid HTML, and provides a very easy way to handle HTML elements.

Simple web scraping in PHP

There are a couple ways to scrape websites, one would be to use CSS Selectors and another would be to use XPath, which both select elements from the DOM.

Since I can't see the full HTML of the webpage it would be hard for me to determine which method is better for you. There is another option which may be frowned upon, but in this case it might work.

You could use a Regex (regular expressions) to find the characters, I'm not the best at regular expressions but here is some sample code of how that might work:


$subject = "<html><body><p>Some User</p><p>User status: Online.</p></body></html>";
$pattern = '/User status: (.*)\<\/p\>/';
preg_match($pattern, $subject, $matches);


Sample output:

[0] => User status: Online.</p>
[1] => Online.

Basically what the regex above is doing is matching a pattern, in this case it looks for the string "User status: " then matches all the characters (.*) up to the ending paragraph tag (escaped).

Here is the pattern that will return just "Online" without the period, wasn't sure if all statuses ended in a period but here is what it would look like:

'/User status: (.*)\.\<\/p\>/'

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