How to load all entries in an infinite scroll at once to parse the HTML in python


I am trying to extract information from this page. The page loads 10 items at a time, and I need to scroll to load all entries (for a total of 100). I am able to parse the HTML and get the information that I need for the first 10 entries, but I want to fully load all entries before parsing the HTML.

I am using python, requests, and BeautifulSoup. The way I parse the page when it loads with the first 10 entries is as follows:

from bs4 import BeautifulSoup
import requests
s = requests.Session()
r = s.get('')
page = BeautifulSoup(r.text)

But this only loads the first 10 entries. So I looked at the page and got the AJAX request used to load the subsequent entries and I get a response but it’s in the a funky JSON and I’d rather use the HTML parser instead of parsing JSON. Here’s the code:

from bs4 import BeautifulSoup
import requests
import json
s = requests.Session()
url = ''
payload = {"count":100}
r =, data=payload)
page = json.loads(r.text[16:]) #skip some chars that throw json off

This gives me the data but it’s in a very long and convoluted JSON, I would much rather load all the data on the page and simply parse the HTML. In addition, the rendered HTML provides more information than the JSON response (i.e. the name of the author instead of obscure userID, etc.) There was a similar question here but no relevant answers. Ideally I want to make the POST call and then request the HTML and parse it, but I haven’t been able to do that.

Asked By: user3093455



This you won’t be able to do with requests and BeautifulSoup as the page that you want to extract the information from loads the rest of the entries through JS when you scroll down. You can do this using selenium which opens a real browser and you can pass page down key press events programmatically. Watch this video to see the action.

Below is the script that extracts all the 100 post titles using selenium.

import time

from selenium import webdriver
from selenium.webdriver.common.keys import Keys

browser = webdriver.Chrome()


elem = browser.find_element_by_tag_name("body")

no_of_pagedowns = 20

while no_of_pagedowns:

post_elems = browser.find_elements_by_class_name("post-item-title")

for post in post_elems:
    print post.text


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Answered By: praveen

You can try with this :

from selenium import webdriver
from bs4 import BeautifulSoup
from import WebDriverWait

pause = 10
driver = webdriver.PhantomJS(executable_path='phantomjs.exe')
#This code will scroll down to the end
while True:
        # Action scroll down
        driver.execute_script("window.scrollTo(0, document.body.scrollHeight);")
Answered By: Phan Duc

Alternatively, you could try the answer given by Andrew Che in this question. This is a 3-year-old question, and the page is not there anymore, but if you try something similar with a scrolling results page (e.g. I searched for ‘top’), you could find out the endpoint you can call to get the different pages in the results list, which in this case was ‘‘.

Answered By: Muhammad Khattab