web check

A script that will warn you, by opening a new browser tab, when there are new content in your favourite websites.


What it does

The script will check, when run, if there are any changes in the websites. If any changes are found, it will open a new browser tab.

Not every website can be scrap.

How does it work?

After adding an url, the script creates a copy of website’s content in your hard drive. When run again, it will compare the website against that stored content line by line, if there are any differences a new tab will be open. Note: Script don’t need to open browser when running, you’ll only see the terminal.

A lot of websites have some kind of calendar, that means, every day there will be changes in those websites. To avoid this, you can add a unique css selector to each stored url. With this unique identification, the script targets only specific parts of the website, and avoid unnecessary calls to browser.

If there is a change, a new back up file will be created at storage/url_data/backup.

All urls are stored in a JSON file with all the needed information, including encoding.

How to get the unique css selector

Go to the website, right click in the zone you want the script to check. Go to inspect mode. Hover your mouse until you see (usually in blue) everything you want. Right click and copy selector. Paste that in the css field in add url, or modify url.

Set up

Running the script

Once everything is installed, launch the script with web_check/main.pyw. There are four tabs.


  • Home: it’s the main tab. From here you can launch checker.py with the button Run!. Checker.py it’s in charge of all the logic. It will access your stored url and compare it with the actual website.

  • Add url: From this tab, you can add a new url for checking, and its unique css selector.

    Important: url have to start with http:// or https://. Hit Submit new url and the script will make all necessary checks.

    There is a second option, Import file. Import file will let you select a .txt file with several urls, and all of them will be stored.

    The txt file needs to follow the structure: url(white space)css selector. Url only means script will download whole website. Only one url per line.


    https://www.reddit.com/ #SHORTCUT_FOCUSABLE_DIV

    https://postal.fsc.ccoo.es/Inicio #divMainContent

  • Modify url: If you need to change an url css selector, you can do it from here. Enter a new css selector, or leave it empty for capturing the whole site, and hit submit.

  • Delete url: Two options for deleting. Check one, or several, urls and hit delete. Delete all will delete all urls stored.

At the Options‘ menu, it’s possible to reset the url_list.txt if, for some reason, the file can’t be read with ‘reset url’. ‘Create batch file’ will let automate the script, for faster use.

Automate the script

There is no need to run web_check/main.py every time you want to check your websites, for that, only checker.py is required.

You can run checker.py manually whenever you want, but that’s tedious and forgettable, first you would have to activate a virtual environment, and then, run checker.py. With ‘Create batch file’ you only have to point where python.exe is (the virtual environment one) and a directory where the file will be created.

After all, it’s easier to run directly web_check.bat or add the batch file to windows’ task scheduler.

Create shortcut

Create shortcut at Options‘ menu will create a batch file with all information about the script itself and the virtual environment.

Now you don’t need to activate each time a venv, web_check.bat will take care of it.

Log file

Every time the script is run, script will output a log file. It clears its content automatically for easier reading. Any error, or info, will be written here.

Log is located in storage/logs/log.txt.

Copyright (C) 2021 Jaime Álvarez Fernández


GitHub - Jaime-alv/web_check: Script for checking changes in webpages
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