Craigslist Data Scraper (SQLite)

Last week I posted an article Craigslist Data Scraper (MySQL) detailing a script I wrote in order to find my family a new Ski Boat. After discussing this script with a family friend over the weekend, I was asked if the script could be adapted to use SQLite instead of MySQL. Being the type of person that is always up for a challenge, here is what I came up with. As with the MySQL version, you will need edit the ### Search Parameters ### section with the information you are searching for as well as the ### Email Parameters ### section so you are not sending me your search results. Note, that after running the script the first time, you can safely remove the database creation area annotated by ### Database Creation, remove after first run ###.

#!/usr/bin/env python
'''
	clscraper-sqlite - Craigslist Scraper w/SQLite
	Copyright (c) 2014 Matthew Marable
	Email: mmarable@oitibs.com
	Web: https://oitibs.com
	
	clscraper-sqlite is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify
	it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by
	the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or
	(at your option) any later version.

	clscraper-sqlite is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
	but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
	MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.  See the
	GNU General Public License for more details.

	You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License
	along with clscraper-sqlite.  If not, see <http://www.gnu.org/licenses/>.
'''
import sys
import time
import urllib
import datetime
import feedparser 
import sqlite3 as db
from mailer import Mailer
from mailer import Message

### Database Initialization ###
con = None
con = db.connect('clscraper.db')
cur = con.cursor()    

### Database Creation, remove after first run ###
try:
	cur.execute("""
		CREATE TABLE IF NOT EXISTS LISTINGS (
		`SAID` INTEGER PRIMARY KEY, 
		`URL` TEXT NOT NULL, 
		`TITLE` TEXT NOT NULL, 
		`MODIFIED` TEXT NOT NULL, 
		`NEW` INTEGER NOT NULL DEFAULT 0)"""
		)
    
except db.error, e:
	print "Error %s:" % e.args[0]
	sys.exit(1)
### Database Creation, remove after first run ###   
	
### Search Parameters ###
listings = ["boo"]
sites = ["smd","annapolis","baltimore","washingtondc",
	"frederick","fredericksburg","westmd","delaware",
	"easternshore","martinsburg"]
terms = ["malibu","moomba","nautique","supra","mastercraft",
	"centurion","american skier","tige","brendella","axis",
	"ski supreme"]

### Craigslist RSS Search URL ###
rss_generic_link = "http://%s.craigslist.org/search/%s?query=%s"

### Generate the RSS links ###
rss_links = []
modified = datetime.datetime.now()
html_text = ""
count = 0

for listing in listings:
	for site in sites:
		for term in terms:
			term = urllib.quote(term)
			rss_link = rss_generic_link % (site, listing, term)
			rss_link = rss_link + "&format=rss"
			rss_links.append(rss_link)
		
for rss_link in rss_links:
	sections = feedparser.parse(rss_link)
	
	for section in sections.entries:
		title = section["title"]
		url = section["link"]
		
		cur.execute("""
			SELECT MODIFIED 
			FROM LISTINGS 
			WHERE TITLE = ?""", 
			(title,)
		)
		
		if cur.fetchone() == None:
			count = count + 1
			html_text = html_text + "<a href='" + url + "' >" + title + "</a><br><br>"
			cur.execute("""
				INSERT INTO LISTINGS 
				(URL, TITLE, MODIFIED, NEW)	
				VALUES (?, ?, ?, ?)""",	
				(url, title, modified, 1,)
			)

con.commit()
con.close()

if count > 0:
	### Email Parameters ### 
	message = Message(From="Search Automation <tech@oitibs.com>",To="mmarable@oitibs.com")
	message.Subject = "New Listings (" + str(count) + ")"
	message.Html = html_text
	sender = Mailer('[SMTP Server IP]')
	sender.send(message)

Once you have edited the script to your liking, you can schedule the script to run at intervals using your crontab.

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