Download file from website using web scraping

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I want to download a file from the website by web scraping. Can anyone explain how to do this in R with an example?
Sep 18 in Data Analytics by anonymous
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Hi,

Follow the below steps:

1. Use rvest package to get the href link to download the file.

2. Use download.file(URL,"file.ext") to download the file and store it.

For example, I want to download the CSV file from this 

  • Fetch the href link using html_attr
paths_allowed("https://file-examples.com/index.php/text-files-and-archives-download/")
page = read_html("https://file-examples.com/index.php/text-files-and-archives-download/")
links = page %>% html_nodes(".file-link a") %>% html_attr("href")
  • Use the href link within download.file() to download teh file.
download.file(url=links[1],destfile = "dummy.csv")
  • The downloaded file will be saved in your working directory.

Hope it helps!

answered Sep 20 by rishabh

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