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(Visual Basic 6.0) A Simple Web Crawler

This demonstrates a very simple web crawler using the Chilkat Spider component.

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ActiveX for 32-bit and 64-bit Windows

Dim spider As New Spider

Dim seenDomains As New CkStringArray
Dim seedUrls As New CkStringArray

seenDomains.Unique = 1
seedUrls.Unique = 1

'  You will need to change the start URL to something else...
success = seedUrls.Append("http://something.whateverYouWant.com/")

'  Set outbound URL exclude patterns
'  URLs matching any of these patterns will not be added to the
'  collection of outbound links.
spider.AddAvoidOutboundLinkPattern "*?id=*"
spider.AddAvoidOutboundLinkPattern "*.mypages.*"
spider.AddAvoidOutboundLinkPattern "*.personal.*"
spider.AddAvoidOutboundLinkPattern "*.comcast.*"
spider.AddAvoidOutboundLinkPattern "*.aol.*"
spider.AddAvoidOutboundLinkPattern "*~*"

'  Use a cache so we don't have to re-fetch URLs previously fetched.
spider.CacheDir = "c:/spiderCache/"
spider.FetchFromCache = 1
spider.UpdateCache = 1

Do While seedUrls.Count > 0

    Dim url As String
    url = seedUrls.Pop()
    spider.Initialize url

    '  Spider 5 URLs of this domain.
    '  but first, save the base domain in seenDomains
    Dim domain As String
    domain = spider.GetUrlDomain(url)
    success = seenDomains.Append(spider.GetBaseDomain(domain))

    Dim i As Long
    Dim success As Long
    For i = 0 To 4
        success = spider.CrawlNext()
        If (success = 1) Then

            '  Display the URL we just crawled.
            Debug.Print spider.LastUrl

            '  If the last URL was retrieved from cache,
            '  we won't wait.  Otherwise we'll wait 1 second
            '  before fetching the next URL.
            If (spider.LastFromCache <> 1) Then
                spider.SleepMs 1000
            End If

        Else
            '  cause the loop to exit..
            i = 999
        End If

    Next

    '  Add the outbound links to seedUrls, except
    '  for the domains we've already seen.
    For i = 0 To spider.NumOutboundLinks - 1

        url = spider.GetOutboundLink(i)
        Dim domain As String
        domain = spider.GetUrlDomain(url)
        Dim baseDomain As String
        baseDomain = spider.GetBaseDomain(domain)
        If (seenDomains.Contains(baseDomain) = 0) Then
            '  Don't let our list of seedUrls grow too large.
            If (seedUrls.Count < 1000) Then
                success = seedUrls.Append(url)
            End If

        End If

    Next

Loop

 

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