Python to Download XKCD Comics with Full Source Code For Beginners

This script can be used to download any issue of the xkcd comics with just a simple command.


  • beautifulsoup4==4.9.1
  • certifi==2020.6.20
  • chardet==3.0.4
  • idna==2.10
  • requests==2.24.0
  • soupsieve==2.0.1
  • urllib3==1.25.10
  • Install the requirements with the following line:
pip install -r requirements.txt
Code language: CSS (css)

Run the script:

  • Run the following command from your terminal.
python3 -l 'issue-number' Example: python3 -l 956
Code language: JavaScript (javascript)

Source Code:

import requests from bs4 import BeautifulSoup as bs import shutil import argparse # Code to add the cli parser = argparse.ArgumentParser() parser.add_argument("-l", "--issue", required=True, help="Comics Issue Number") args = vars(parser.parse_args()) #Storing the comic issue number provided by the user issue_number = args['issue'] #Complete url for the issue url = ""+ issue_number response = requests.get(url) #Checking if we can fetch the url or not if response.status_code ==200: soup = bs(response.content, 'html.parser') image_link = soup.find_all('img')[2]['src'] image_name = image_link.split('/')[-1] image_url = "https:" + image_link r = requests.get(image_url, stream=True) if r.status_code == 200: #This ensures the image file is loaded correctly r.raw.decode_content = True # Creating the image file with open(image_name, 'wb') as f: shutil.copyfileobj(r.raw, f) print('Image successfully Downloaded: ', image_name) else: print('Image Couldn\'t be retreived') else: print("Issue number is invalid")
Code language: PHP (php)

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