Python to Scrape Medium Articles with Full Source Code For Beginners

  • Medium is a website containing great articles and used by many programmers.
  • This script asks the user for the url of a medium article, scrapes it’s text and saves it to a text file into a folder named scraped_articles in the same directory.
  • There are 3 text files in the folder scraped_articles as an example of how the article is scraped.


  • Run pip install -r requirements.txt to install required external modules.


  • beautifulsoup4
  • requests==2.23.0

Run the Script:


Code language: CSS (css)

Source Code:

import os import sys import requests import re from bs4 import BeautifulSoup # switching to current running python files directory os.chdir('\\'.join(__file__.split('/')[:-1])) # function to get the html of the page def get_page(): global url url = input('Enter url of a medium article: ') # handling possible error if not re.match(r'https?://',url): print('Please enter a valid website, or make sure it is a medium article') sys.exit(1) res = requests.get(url) res.raise_for_status() soup = BeautifulSoup(res.text, 'html.parser') return soup # function to remove all the html tags and replace some with specific strings def purify(text): rep = {"<br>": "\n", "<br/>": "\n", "<li>": "\n"} rep = dict((re.escape(k), v) for k, v in rep.items()) pattern = re.compile("|".join(rep.keys())) text = pattern.sub(lambda m: rep[re.escape(], text) text = re.sub('\<(.*?)\>', '', text) return text # function to compile all of the scraped text in one string def collect_text(soup): fin = f'url: {url}\n\n' main = (soup.head.title.text).split('|') global title title = main[0].strip() fin += f'Title: {title.upper()}\n{main[1].strip()}' header = soup.find_all('h1') j = 1 try: fin += '\n\nINTRODUCTION\n' for elem in list(header[j].previous_siblings)[::-1]: fin += f'\n{purify(str(elem))}' except: pass fin += f'\n\n{header[j].text.upper()}' for elem in header[j].next_siblings: if == 'h1': j+=1 fin += f'\n\n{header[j].text.upper()}' continue fin += f'\n{purify(str(elem))}' return fin # function to save file in the current directory def save_file(fin): if not os.path.exists('./scraped_articles'): os.mkdir('./scraped_articles') fname = './scraped_articles/' + '_'.join(title.split()) + '.txt' with open(fname, 'w', encoding='utf8') as outfile: outfile.write(fin) print(f'File saved in directory {fname}') # driver code if __name__ == '__main__': fin = collect_text(get_page()) save_file(fin)
Code language: PHP (php)

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