Installation guide


The installation steps assume that you have the following things installed:

Installing Scrapy

You can install Scrapy using easy_install or pip (which is the canonical way to distribute and install Python packages).

To install using pip:

pip install Scrapy

To install using easy_install:

easy_install Scrapy

Platform specific installation notes


After installing Python, follow these steps before installing Scrapy:

  • add the C:\python27\Scripts and C:\python27 folders to the system path by adding those directories to the PATH environment variable from the Control Panel.
  • install OpenSSL by following these steps:
    1. go to Win32 OpenSSL page
    2. download Visual C++ 2008 redistributables for your Windows and architecture
    3. download OpenSSL for your Windows and architecture (the regular version, not the light one)
    4. add the c:\openssl-win32\bin (or similar) directory to your PATH, the same way you added python27 in the first step`` in the first step
  • some binary packages that Scrapy depends on (like Twisted, lxml and pyOpenSSL) require a compiler available to install, and fail if you don’t have Visual Studio installed. You can find Windows installers for those in the following links. Make sure you respect your Python version and Windows architecture.

Finally, this page contains many precompiled Python binary libraries, which may come handy to fulfill Scrapy dependencies:

Ubuntu 9.10 or above

Don’t use the python-scrapy package provided by Ubuntu, they are typically too old and slow to catch up with latest Scrapy.

Instead, use the official Ubuntu Packages, which already solve all dependencies for you and are continuously updated with the latest bug fixes.