Tutorial: Web Scraping in R with rvest

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The internet is ripe with data sets that you can use for your own personal projects. Sometimes you’re lucky and you’ll have access to an API where you can just directly ask for the data with R. Other times, you won’t be so lucky, and you won’t be able to get your data in a neat format. When this happens, we need to turn to web scraping, a technique where we get the data we want to analyze by finding it in a website’s HTML code.

In this tutorial, we’ll cover the basics of how to do web scraping in R. We’ll be scraping data on weather forecasts from the National Weather Service website and converting it into a usable format.

Web scraping opens up opportunities and gives us the tools needed to actually create data sets when we can’t find the data we’re looking for. And since we’re using R to do the web scraping, we can simply run our code again to get an updated data set if the sites we use get updated.

Understanding a web page

Before we can start learning how to scrape a web page, we need to understand how a web page itself is structured.

From a user perspective, a web page has text, images and links all organized in a way that is aesthetically pleasing and easy to read. But the web page itself is written in specific coding languages that are then interpreted by our web browsers. When we’re web scraping, we’ll need to deal with the actual contents of the web page itself: the code before it’s interpreted by the browser.

The main languages used to build web pages are called Hypertext Markup Language (HTML), Cascasing Style Sheets (CSS) and Javascript. HTML gives a web page its actual structure and content. CSS gives a web page its style and look, including details like fonts and colors. Javascript gives a webpage functionality.

In this tutorial, we’ll focus mostly on how to use R web scraping to read the HTML and CSS that make up a web page.

HTML

Unlike R, HTML is not a programming language. Instead, it’s called a markup language — it describes the content and structure of a web page. HTML is organized using tags, which are surrounded by <> symbols. Different tags perform different functions. Together, many tags will form and contain the content of a web page.

The simplest HTML document looks like this:


Although the above is a legitimate HTML document, it has no text or other content. If we were to save that as a .html file and open it using a web browser, we would see a blank page.

Notice that the word html is surrounded by <> brackets, which indicates that it is a tag. To add some more structure and text to this HTML document, we could add the following:




Here's a paragraph of text!

Here's a second paragraph of text!

Here we’ve added and tags, which add more structure to the document. The

tags are what we use in HTML to designate paragraph text.

There are many, many tags in HTML, but we won’t be able to cover all of them in this tutorial. If interested, you can check out this site. The important takeaway is to know that tags have particular names (html, body, p, etc.) to make them identifiable in an HTML document.

Notice that each of the tags are “paired” in a sense that each one is accompanied by another with a similar name. That is to say, the opening tag is paired with another tag that indicates the beginning and end of the HTML document. The same applies to and

.

This is important to recognize, because it allows tags to be nested within each other. The and tags are nested within , and

is nested within . This nesting gives HTML a “tree-like” structure:

This tree-like structure will inform how we look for certain tags when we’re using R for web scraping, so it’s important to keep it in mind. If a tag has other tags nested within it, we would refer to the containing tag as the parent and each of the tags within it as the “children”. If there is more than one child in a parent, the child tags are collectively referred to as “siblings”. These notions of parent, child and siblings give us an idea of the hierarchy of the tags.

CSS

Whereas HTML provides the content and structure of a web page, CSS provides information about how a web page should be styled. Without CSS, a web page is dreadfully plain. Here’s a simple HTML document without CSS that demonstrates this. 

When we say styling, we are referring to a wide, wide range of things. Styling can refer to the color of particular HTML elements or their positioning. Like HTML, the scope of CSS material is so large that we can’t cover every possible concept in the language. If you’re interested, you can learn more here.

Two concepts we do need to learn before we delve into the R web scraping code are classes and ids.

First, let’s talk about classes. If we were making a website, there would often be times when we’d want similar elements of a website to look the same. For example, we might want a number of items in a list to all appear in the same color, red.

We could accomplish that by directly inserting some CSS that contains the color information into each line of text’s HTML tag, like so:

Text 1

Text 2

Text 3

The style text indicates that we are trying to apply CSS to the

tags. Inside the quotes, we see a key-value pair “color:red”. color refers to the color of the text in the

tags, while red describes what the color should be.

But as we can see above, we’ve repeated this key-value pair multiple times. That’s not ideal — if we wanted to change the color of that text, we’d have to change each line one by one.

Instead of repeating this style text in all of these

tags, we can replace it with a class selector:

Text 1

Text 2

Text 3

The class selector, we can better indicate that these

tags are related in some way. In a separate CSS file, we can creat the red-text class and define how it looks by writing:

.red-text {
    color : red;
}

Combining these two elements into a single web page will produce the same effect as the first set of red

tags, but it allows us to make quick changes more easily. 

In this tutorial, of course, we’re interested in web scraping, not building a web page. But when we’re web scraping, we’ll often need to select a specific class of HTML tags, so we need understand the basics of how CSS classes work.

Similarly, we may often want to scrape specific data that’s identified using an id. CSS ids are used to give a single element an identifiable name, much like how a class helps define a class of elements.

This is a special tag.

If an id is attached to a HTML tag, it makes it easier for us to identify this tag when we are performing our actual web scraping with R.

Don’t worry if you don’t quite understand classes and ids yet, it’ll become more clear when we start manipulating the code.

There are several R libraries designed to take HTML and CSS and be able to traverse them to look for particular tags. The library we’ll use in this tutorial is rvest.

The rvest library

The rvest library, maintained by the legendary Hadley Wickham, is a library that lets users easily scrape (“harvest”) data from web pages.

rvest is one of the tidyverse libraries, so it works well with the other libraries contained in the bundle. rvest takes inspiration from the web scraping library BeautifulSoup, which comes from Python. (Related: our BeautifulSoup Python tutorial.)

Scraping a web page in R

In order to use the rvest library, we first need to install it and import it with the library() function.

install.packages(“rvest”)
library(rvest)

In order to start parsing through a web page, we first need to request that data from the computer server that contains it. In revest, the function that serves this purpose is the read_html() function.

read_html() takes in a web URL as an argument. Let’s start by looking at that simple, CSS-less page from earlier to see how the function works.

simple <- read_html("http://dataquestio.github.io/web-scraping-pages/simple.html")

The read_html() function returns a list object that contains the tree-like structure we discussed earlier.

simple
{html_document}

[1] \n\nA simple exa ...
[2] <body>\n        <p>Here is some simple content for this page.</p>\n    </body></pre>
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<p data-line-end="117" data-line-start="116">Let’s say that we wanted to store the text contained in the single <code></p>
<p></code> tag to a variable. In order to access this text, we need to figure out how to <em>target</em> this particular piece of text. This is typically where CSS classes and ids can help us out since good developers will typically make the CSS highly specific on their sites. </p>
<p data-line-end="117" data-line-start="116">In this case, we have no such CSS, but we do know that the <code></p>
<p></code> tag we want to access is the only one of its kind on the page. In order to capture the text, we need to use the <code>html_nodes()</code> and <code>html_text()</code> functions respectively to search for this <code></p>
<p></code> tag and retrieve the text. The code below does this:</p>
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<pre>simple %>%
html_nodes("p") %>%
html_text()
"Here is some simple content for this page."
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<p data-line-end="129" data-line-start="128">The <code>simple</code> variable already contains the HTML we are trying to scrape, so that just leaves the task of searching for the elements that we want from it. Since we’re working with the <code>tidyverse</code>, we can just pipe the HTML into the different functions. </p>
<p data-line-end="129" data-line-start="128">We need to pass specific HTML tags or CSS classes into the <code>html_nodes()</code> function. We need the <code></p>
<p></code> tag, so we pass in a character “p” into the function. <code>html_nodes()</code> also returns a list, but it returns all of the nodes in the HTML that have the particular HTML tag or CSS class/id that you gave it. A <em>node</em> refers to a point on the tree-like structure.</p>
<p data-line-end="131" data-line-start="130">Once we have all of these nodes, we can pass the output of <code>html_nodes()</code> into the <code>html_text()</code> function. We needed to get the actual text of the <code></p>
<p></code> tag, so this function helps out with that. </p>
<p data-line-end="131" data-line-start="130">These functions together form the bulk of many common web scraping tasks. In general, web scraping in R (or in any other language) boils down to the following three steps:</p>
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<p><span class="thrv-advanced-inline-text tve_editable tcb-styled-list-icon-text tcb-no-delete tcb-no-save" data-css="tve-u-17173f60abb">Get the HTML for the web page that you want to scrape</span></li>
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<div class="thrv_wrapper thrv_icon tve_no_drag tcb-no-delete tcb-no-clone tcb-no-save tcb-icon-inherit-style"><svg class="tcb-icon" viewBox="0 0 32 32" data-id="icon-check" data-name=""><path d="M29.333 10.267c0 0.4-0.133 0.8-0.533 1.2l-14.8 14.8c-0.267 0.267-0.667 0.4-1.067 0.4s-0.933-0.133-1.2-0.533l-2.4-2.267-6.267-6.267c-0.267-0.267-0.4-0.667-0.4-1.2s0.133-0.8 0.533-1.2l2.4-2.4c0.267-0.133 0.667-0.4 1.067-0.4s0.8 0.133 1.2 0.533l5.067 5.067 11.2-11.333c0.267-0.267 0.667-0.533 1.2-0.533 0.4 0 0.8 0.133 1.2 0.533l2.4 2.4c0.267 0.267 0.4 0.667 0.4 1.2z"></path></svg></div>
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<p><span class="thrv-advanced-inline-text tve_editable tcb-styled-list-icon-text tcb-no-delete tcb-no-save" data-css="tve-u-17173f60abb">Decide what part of the page you want to read and find out what HTML/CSS you need to select it</span></li>
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<p><span class="thrv-advanced-inline-text tve_editable tcb-styled-list-icon-text tcb-no-delete tcb-no-save" data-css="tve-u-17173f60abb">Select the HTML and analyze it in the way you need</span></li>
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<h2 class="" data-line-end="137" data-line-start="136">The target web page</h2>
<p data-line-end="139" data-line-start="138">For this tutorial, we’ll be looking at the National Weather Service website. Let’s say that we’re interested in creating our own weather app. We'll need the weather data itself to populate it. </p>
<p data-line-end="139" data-line-start="138">Weather data is updated every day, so we’ll use web scraping to get this data from the NWS website whenever we need it.</p>
<p data-line-end="141" data-line-start="140">For our purposes, we’ll take data from San Francisco, but each city’s web page looks the same, so the same steps would work for any other city. A screenshot of the San Francisco page is shown below:</p>
<p data-line-end="143" data-line-start="142"><img src="https://i1.wp.com/dq-blog-files.s3.amazonaws.com/sf-weather.png?w=578&ssl=1" alt data-recalc-dims="1" data-lazy-src="https://i1.wp.com/dq-blog-files.s3.amazonaws.com/sf-weather.png?w=578&is-pending-load=1#038;ssl=1" srcset="data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAIAAAAAAAP///yH5BAEAAAAALAAAAAABAAEAAAIBRAA7" class=" jetpack-lazy-image"><noscript><img src="https://i1.wp.com/dq-blog-files.s3.amazonaws.com/sf-weather.png?w=578&ssl=1" alt="" data-recalc-dims="1"></noscript></p>
<p data-line-end="145" data-line-start="144">We’re specifically interested in the weather predictions and the temperatures for each day. Each day has both a day forecast and a night forecast. Now that we’ve identified the part of the web page that we need, we can dig through the HTML to see what tags or classes we need to select to capture this particular data.</p>
<h2 class="" data-line-end="147" data-line-start="146">Using Chrome Devtools</h2>
<p data-line-end="149" data-line-start="148">Thankfully, most modern browsers have a tool that allows users to directly inspect the HTML and CSS of any web page. In Google Chrome and Firefox, they’re referred to as Developer Tools, and they have similar names in other browsers. The specific tool that will be the most useful to us for this tutorial will be the Inspector.</p>
<p data-line-end="151" data-line-start="150">You can find the Developer Tools by looking at the upper right corner of your browser. You should be able to see Developer Tools if you’re using Firefox, and if you’re using Chrome, you can go through <code>View -> More Tools -> Developer Tools</code>. This will open up the Developer Tools right in your browser window:</p>
<p data-line-end="153" data-line-start="152"><img src="https://i1.wp.com/www.dataquest.io/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/devtools.png?w=578&ssl=1" alt data-recalc-dims="1" data-lazy-src="https://i1.wp.com/www.dataquest.io/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/devtools.png?w=578&is-pending-load=1#038;ssl=1" srcset="data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAIAAAAAAAP///yH5BAEAAAAALAAAAAABAAEAAAIBRAA7" class=" jetpack-lazy-image"><noscript><img src="https://i1.wp.com/www.dataquest.io/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/devtools.png?w=578&ssl=1" alt="" data-recalc-dims="1"></noscript></p>
<p data-line-end="155" data-line-start="154">The HTML we dealt with before was bare-bones, but most web pages you’ll see in your browser are overwhelmingly complex. Developer Tools will make it easier for us to pick out the exact elements of the web page that we want to scrape and inspect the HTML. </p>
<p data-line-end="155" data-line-start="154">We need to see where the temperatures are in the weather page’s HTML, so we’ll use the Inspect tool to look at these elements. The Inspect tool will pick out the exact HTML that we’re looking for, so we don’t have to look ourselves!</p>
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<p data-line-end="159" data-line-start="158">By clicking on the elements themselves, we can see that the seven day forecast is contained in the following HTML. We’ve condensed some of it to make it more readable:</p>
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<pre><div id="seven-day-forecast-container">
<ul id="seven-day-forecast-list" class="list-unstyled">
<li class="forecast-tombstone">
<div class="tombstone-container">
<p class="period-name">Tonight<br><br></p>
<p><img src="newimages/medium/nskc.png" alt="Tonight: Clear, with a low around 50. Calm wind. " title="Tonight: Clear, with a low around 50. Calm wind. " class="forecast-icon jetpack-lazy-image" data-lazy-src="http://newimages/medium/nskc.png?is-pending-load=1" srcset="data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAIAAAAAAAP///yH5BAEAAAAALAAAAAABAAEAAAIBRAA7"><noscript><img src="newimages/medium/nskc.png" alt="Tonight: Clear, with a low around 50. Calm wind. " title="Tonight: Clear, with a low around 50. Calm wind. " class="forecast-icon"></noscript></p>
<p class="short-desc" style="height: 54px;">Clear</p>
<p class="temp temp-low">Low: 50 °F</p></div>
</li>
# More elements like the one above follow, one for each day and night
</ul>
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<h2 class="" data-line-end="176" data-line-start="175">Using what we’ve learned</h2>
<p data-line-end="178" data-line-start="177">Now that we’ve identified what particular HTML and CSS we need to target in the web page, we can use <code>rvest</code> to capture it. </p>
<p data-line-end="178" data-line-start="177">From the HTML above, it seems like each of the temperatures are contained in the class <code>temp</code>. Once we have all of these tags, we can extract the text from them.</p>
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<pre>forecasts <- read_html("https://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=37.7771&lon=-122.4196#.Xl0j6BNKhTY") %>%
    html_nodes(“.temp”) %>%
    html_text()

forecasts
[1] "Low: 51 °F" "High: 69 °F" "Low: 49 °F" "High: 69 °F"
[5] "Low: 51 °F" "High: 65 °F" "Low: 51 °F" "High: 60 °F"
[9] "Low: 47 °F"
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<p data-line-end="194" data-line-start="193">With this code, <code>forecasts</code> is now a vector of strings corresponding to the low and high temperatures. </p>
<p data-line-end="194" data-line-start="193">Now that we have the actual data we’re interested in an R variable, we just need to do some regular data analysis to get the vector into the format we need. For example:</p>
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<pre>library(readr)
parse_number(forecasts)</pre>
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<pre>[1] 51 69 49 69 51 65 51 60 47
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<h2 class="" data-line-end="205" data-line-start="204">Next steps</h2>
<p data-line-end="207" data-line-start="206">The <code>rvest</code> library makes it easy and convenient to perform web scraping using the same techniques we would use with the <code>tidyverse</code> libraries. </p>
<p data-line-end="207" data-line-start="206">This tutorial should give you the tools necessary to start a small web scraping project and start exploring more advanced web scraping procedures. Some sites that are extremely compatible with web scraping are sports sites, sites with stock prices or even news articles.</p>
<p data-line-end="207" data-line-start="206">Alternatively, you could continue to expand on this project. What other elements of the forecast could you scrape for your weather app?</p>
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Sometimes you\u2019re lucky and you\u2019ll have access to an API where you can just directly ask for the data with R. Other times, you won\u2019t be so lucky, and you won\u2019t be able to get your data in a neat format. When this happens, we need to turn to web scraping, a technique where we get the data we want to analyze by finding it in a website's HTML code.In this tutorial, we\u2019ll cover the basics of how to do web scraping in R. We\u2019ll be scraping data on weather forecasts from the National Weather Service website and converting it into a usable format. Web scraping opens up opportunities and gives us the tools needed to actually create data sets when we can't find the data we're looking for. And since we\u2019re using R to do the web scraping, we can simply run our code again to get an updated data set if the sites we use get updated.Understanding a web pageBefore we can start learning how to scrape a web page, we need to understand how a web page itself is structured. From a user perspective, a web page has text, images and links all organized in a way that is aesthetically pleasing and easy to read. But the web page itself is written in specific coding languages that are then interpreted by our web browsers. When we're web scraping, we\u2019ll need to deal with the actual contents of the web page itself: the code before it\u2019s interpreted by the browser.The main languages used to build web pages are called Hypertext Markup Language (HTML), Cascasing Style Sheets (CSS) and Javascript. HTML gives a web page its actual structure and content. CSS gives a web page its style and look, including details like fonts and colors. Javascript gives a webpage functionality. In this tutorial, we\u2019ll focus mostly on how to use R web scraping to read the HTML and CSS that make up a web page.HTMLUnlike R, HTML is not a programming language. Instead, it\u2019s called a markup language \u2014 it describes the content and structure of a web page. HTML is organized using tags, which are surrounded by <> symbols. Different tags perform different functions. Together, many tags will form and contain the content of a web page. The simplest HTML document looks like this:<html> <head>Although the above is a legitimate HTML document, it has no text or other content. If we were to save that as a .html file and open it using a web browser, we would see a blank page. Notice that the word html is surrounded by <> brackets, which indicates that it is a tag. To add some more structure and text to this HTML document, we could add the following:<head> <\/head> <body> <p> Here's a paragraph of text! <\/p> <p> Here's a second paragraph of text! <\/p> <\/body> <\/html>Here we\u2019ve added <head> and <body> tags, which add more structure to the document. The <p> tags are what we use in HTML to designate paragraph text. There are many, many tags in HTML, but we won\u2019t be able to cover all of them in this tutorial. If interested, you can check out this site. The important takeaway is to know that tags have particular names (html, body, p, etc.) to make them identifiable in an HTML document.Notice that each of the tags are \u201cpaired\u201d in a sense that each one is accompanied by another with a similar name. That is to say, the opening <html> tag is paired with another tag <\/html> that indicates the beginning and end of the HTML document. The same applies to <body> and <p>. This is important to recognize, because it allows tags to be nested within each other. The <body> and <head> tags are nested within <html>, and <p> is nested within <body>. This nesting gives HTML a \u201ctree-like\u201d structure:This tree-like structure will inform how we look for certain tags when we're using R for web scraping, so it\u2019s important to keep it in mind. If a tag has other tags nested within it, we would refer to the containing tag as the parent and each of the tags within it as the \u201cchildren\u201d. If there is more than one child in a parent, the child tags are collectively referred to as \u201csiblings\u201d. These notions of parent, child and siblings give us an idea of the hierarchy of the tags.CSSWhereas HTML provides the content and structure of a web page, CSS provides information about how a web page should be styled. Without CSS, a web page is dreadfully plain. Here's a simple HTML document without CSS that demonstrates this. When we say styling, we are referring to a wide, wide range of things. Styling can refer to the color of particular HTML elements or their positioning. Like HTML, the scope of CSS material is so large that we can\u2019t cover every possible concept in the language. If you\u2019re interested, you can learn more here.Two concepts we do need to learn before we delve into the R web scraping code are classes and ids. First, let's talk about classes. If we were making a website, there would often be times when we'd want similar elements of a website to look the same. For example, we might want a number of items in a list to all appear in the same color, red.We could accomplish that by directly inserting some CSS that contains the color information into each line of text's HTML tag, like so:<p style\u201dcolor:red\u201d >Text 1<\/p> <p style\u201dcolor:red\u201d >Text 2<\/p> <p style\u201dcolor:red\u201d >Text 3<\/p>The style text indicates that we are trying to apply CSS to the <p> tags. Inside the quotes, we see a key-value pair \u201ccolor:red\u201d. color refers to the color of the text in the <p> tags, while red describes what the color should be. But as we can see above, we\u2019ve repeated this key-value pair multiple times. That's not ideal \u2014 if we wanted to change the color of that text, we'd have to change each line one by one. Instead of repeating this style text in all of these <p> tags, we can replace it with a class selector:<p class\u201dred-text\u201d >Text 1<\/p> <p class\u201dred-text\u201d >Text 2<\/p> <p class\u201dred-text\u201d >Text 3<\/p>The class selector, we can better indicate that these <p> tags are related in some way. In a separate CSS file, we can creat the red-text class and define how it looks by writing:.red-text {     color : red; }Combining these two elements into a single web page will produce the same effect as the first set of red <p> tags, but it allows us to make quick changes more easily. In this tutorial, of course, we're interested in web scraping, not building a web page. But when we're web scraping, we'll often need to select a specific class of HTML tags, so we need understand the basics of how CSS classes work. Similarly, we may often want to scrape specific data that's identified using an id. CSS ids are used to give a single element an identifiable name, much like how a class helps define a class of elements.<p id\u201dspecial\u201d >This is a special tag.<\/p>If an id is attached to a HTML tag, it makes it easier for us to identify this tag when we are performing our actual web scraping with R. Don\u2019t worry if you don\u2019t quite understand classes and ids yet, it\u2019ll become more clear when we start manipulating the code. There are several R libraries designed to take HTML and CSS and be able to traverse them to look for particular tags. The library we\u2019ll use in this tutorial is rvest.The rvest libraryThe rvest library, maintained by the legendary Hadley Wickham, is a library that lets users easily scrape (\u201charvest\u201d) data from web pages.rvest is one of the tidyverse libraries, so it works well with the other libraries contained in the bundle. rvest takes inspiration from the web scraping library BeautifulSoup, which comes from Python. (Related: our BeautifulSoup Python tutorial.)Scraping a web page in RIn order to use the rvest library, we first need to install it and import it with the library() function.install.packages(\u201crvest\u201d)library(rvest)In order to start parsing through a web page, we first need to request that data from the computer server that contains it. In revest, the function that serves this purpose is the read_html() function.read_html() takes in a web URL as an argument. Let's start by looking at that simple, CSS-less page from earlier to see how the function works.simple <- read_html(\"http:\/\/dataquestio.github.io\/web-scraping-pages\/simple.html\")The read_html() function returns a list object that contains the tree-like structure we discussed earlier.simple{html_document} <html>  <head>\\n<meta http-equiv\"Content-Type\" content\"text\/html; charsetUTF-8\">\\n<title>A simple exa ...  <body>\\n        <p>Here is some simple content for this page.<\/p>\\n    <\/body>Let\u2019s say that we wanted to store the text contained in the single <p> tag to a variable. In order to access this text, we need to figure out how to target this particular piece of text. This is typically where CSS classes and ids can help us out since good developers will typically make the CSS highly specific on their sites. In this case, we have no such CSS, but we do know that the <p> tag we want to access is the only one of its kind on the page. In order to capture the text, we need to use the html_nodes() and html_text() functions respectively to search for this <p> tag and retrieve the text. The code below does this:simple %>% html_nodes(\"p\") %>% html_text()\"Here is some simple content for this page.\"The simple variable already contains the HTML we are trying to scrape, so that just leaves the task of searching for the elements that we want from it. Since we\u2019re working with the tidyverse, we can just pipe the HTML into the different functions. We need to pass specific HTML tags or CSS classes into the html_nodes() function. We need the <p> tag, so we pass in a character \u201cp\u201d into the function. html_nodes() also returns a list, but it returns all of the nodes in the HTML that have the particular HTML tag or CSS class\/id that you gave it. A node refers to a point on the tree-like structure.Once we have all of these nodes, we can pass the output of html_nodes() into the html_text() function. We needed to get the actual text of the <p> tag, so this function helps out with that. These functions together form the bulk of many common web scraping tasks. In general, web scraping in R (or in any other language) boils down to the following three steps:Get the HTML for the web page that you want to scrapeDecide what part of the page you want to read and find out what HTML\/CSS you need to select itSelect the HTML and analyze it in the way you needThe target web pageFor this tutorial, we\u2019ll be looking at the National Weather Service website. Let\u2019s say that we\u2019re interested in creating our own weather app. We'll need the weather data itself to populate it. Weather data is updated every day, so we\u2019ll use web scraping to get this data from the NWS website whenever we need it.For our purposes, we\u2019ll take data from San Francisco, but each city\u2019s web page looks the same, so the same steps would work for any other city. A screenshot of the San Francisco page is shown below:We\u2019re specifically interested in the weather predictions and the temperatures for each day. Each day has both a day forecast and a night forecast. Now that we\u2019ve identified the part of the web page that we need, we can dig through the HTML to see what tags or classes we need to select to capture this particular data.Using Chrome DevtoolsThankfully, most modern browsers have a tool that allows users to directly inspect the HTML and CSS of any web page. In Google Chrome and Firefox, they\u2019re referred to as Developer Tools, and they have similar names in other browsers. The specific tool that will be the most useful to us for this tutorial will be the Inspector.You can find the Developer Tools by looking at the upper right corner of your browser. You should be able to see Developer Tools if you\u2019re using Firefox, and if you\u2019re using Chrome, you can go through View -> More Tools -> Developer Tools. This will open up the Developer Tools right in your browser window:The HTML we dealt with before was bare-bones, but most web pages you\u2019ll see in your browser are overwhelmingly complex. Developer Tools will make it easier for us to pick out the exact elements of the web page that we want to scrape and inspect the HTML. We need to see where the temperatures are in the weather page\u2019s HTML, so we\u2019ll use the Inspect tool to look at these elements. The Inspect tool will pick out the exact HTML that we\u2019re looking for, so we don\u2019t have to look ourselves!By clicking on the elements themselves, we can see that the seven day forecast is contained in the following HTML. We\u2019ve condensed some of it to make it more readable:<div id\"seven-day-forecast-container\"> <ul id\"seven-day-forecast-list\" class\"list-unstyled\"> <li class\"forecast-tombstone\"> <div class\"tombstone-container\"> <p class\"period-name\">Tonight<br><br><\/p> <p><img src\"newimages\/medium\/nskc.png\" alt\"Tonight: Clear, with a low around 50. Calm wind. \" title\"Tonight: Clear, with a low around 50. Calm wind. \" class\"forecast-icon\"><\/p> <p class\"short-desc\" style\"height: 54px;\">Clear<\/p> <p class\"temp temp-low\">Low: 50 \u00b0F<\/p><\/div> <\/li> # More elements like the one above follow, one for each day and night <\/ul> <\/div>Using what we\u2019ve learnedNow that we\u2019ve identified what particular HTML and CSS we need to target in the web page, we can use rvest to capture it. From the HTML above, it seems like each of the temperatures are contained in the class temp. Once we have all of these tags, we can extract the text from them.forecasts <- read_html(\"https:\/\/forecast.weather.gov\/MapClick.php?lat37.7771&lon-122.4196#.Xl0j6BNKhTY\") %>%     html_nodes(\u201c.temp\u201d) %>%     html_text()  forecasts \"Low: 51 \u00b0F\" \"High: 69 \u00b0F\" \"Low: 49 \u00b0F\" \"High: 69 \u00b0F\" \"Low: 51 \u00b0F\" \"High: 65 \u00b0F\" \"Low: 51 \u00b0F\" \"High: 60 \u00b0F\" \"Low: 47 \u00b0F\"With this code, forecasts is now a vector of strings corresponding to the low and high temperatures. Now that we have the actual data we\u2019re interested in an R variable, we just need to do some regular data analysis to get the vector into the format we need. For example:library(readr) parse_number(forecasts) 51 69 49 69 51 65 51 60 47Next stepsThe rvest library makes it easy and convenient to perform web scraping using the same techniques we would use with the tidyverse libraries. This tutorial should give you the tools necessary to start a small web scraping project and start exploring more advanced web scraping procedures. Some sites that are extremely compatible with web scraping are sports sites, sites with stock prices or even news articles.Alternatively, you could continue to expand on this project. What other elements of the forecast could you scrape for your weather app? Christian PascualChristian is currently a student at the Columbia Mailman School of Public Health pursuing a Master’s degree in Biostatistics. 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