A Python library for automating interaction with websites. MechanicalSoup automatically stores and sends cookies, follows redirects, and can follow links and submit forms. It doesn't do JavaScript.

MechanicalSoup was created by M Hickford, who was a fond user of the Mechanize library. Unfortunately, Mechanize is incompatible with Python 3 and its development stalled for several years. MechanicalSoup provides a similar API, built on Python giants Requests (for HTTP sessions) and BeautifulSoup (for document navigation). Since 2017 it is a project actively maintained by a small team including @hemberger and @moy.


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PyPy and PyPy3 are also supported (and tested against).

Download and install the latest released version from PyPI <>__::

pip install MechanicalSoup

Download and install the development version from GitHub <>__::

pip install git+

Installing from source (installs the version in the current working directory)::

python install

(In all cases, add --user to the install command to
install in the current user's home directory.)


From <examples/>__, code to get the results from
a DuckDuckGo search:

.. code:: python

"""Example usage of MechanicalSoup to get the results from

import mechanicalsoup

# Connect to duckduckgo
browser = mechanicalsoup.StatefulBrowser()"")

# Fill-in the search form
browser["q"] = "MechanicalSoup"

# Display the results
for link in browser.get_current_page().select('a.result__a'):
    print(link.text, '->', link.attrs['href'])

More examples are available in <examples/>__.

For an example with a more complex form (checkboxes, radio buttons and
textareas), read <tests/>__
and <tests/>__.


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Instructions for building, testing and contributing to MechanicalSoup:
see <CONTRIBUTING.rst>__.