Pattern matching for Pages

Why is it needed? Pattern matching checks URL and understands which page(s) logic we need to apply for concrete case.

Simplified wild cards are used for this task. Syntax is listed bellow:

Symbol Translates to Explanation
% .*? Matches N random symbols
* . Matches single random symbol

Path matching for data retrieval

It is used to extract data from page. Simplified xpath-alike expressions are used for this task.

General syntax looks like:


Each “/” symbolizes new child matching, part inside “[<...>]” is optional, it can be skipped if you have no intention to query inside these tags , eg.: if you want to get all links in the page.

For selecting concrete element from matches array, use “{#n}” syntax, eg. if we have :

<div class="menu">
  <a href=#1>Link1</a>
  <a href=#2>Link2</a>
  <a href=#3>Link3</a>

following query can be used to retrieve “Link2”: div[class=”menu”]/a{1} where “a{1}” indicates that we want to retrieve all links, and get 2nd link from that array

To select concrete data from element, attribute selector can be used. Notation starts with a ‘.’ followed by attribute name (eg. href, class, src etc.) Retrieving concrete link would look like: div[class=”menu”]/a{1}.href


Verata can operate in two modes:
  1. as crawler - reading all links and traveling through whole page
  2. as scraper - just getting data from concrete link

General params

Param Explanation
–env Path where your environment file lives
–log-level Setup how much logging info you want to see
–debug Shortcut to –log-level=DEBUG
–output File where output will be put
–config Config file

Operating as crawler

Param Explanation
–paginate Size of read chunks (default: 10)
–rest_interval Time to rest after each chunk

Operating as scraper

Param Explanation
–link Link to page you want to scrape