PHPCrawl is a webcrawler/webspider-library written in PHP. It supports filters, limiters, cookie-handling, robots.txt-handling, multiprocessing and much more.
Unluckily, there isn’t a way to limit PHPCrawl crawl depth. Here I propose a patch for its current version (0.82), that adds two methods to the PHPCrawler class: getMaxDepth and setMaxDepth.
The usage is intuitive:
$crawler = new PHPCrawler(); $crawler->setURL($startingURL); $crawler->setMaxDepth($n); $crawler->go();
The crawler will get pages from level 0 (the $startingURL) to level $n – 1.
By default, the crawling depth limit is set to PHPCrawler::UNLIMITED_CRAWLING_DEPTH = 0. This means that the crawler will get any web page, regardless of its depth from the starting URL.
To apply the patch, download it and give:
patch -p1 -d PHPCrawl_082/ < PHPCrawl_082_maxcrawlingdepth_rev_2_1.path
from PHPCrawler source code parent directory.
Download: patch (revision 2)
UPDATE: In the comments section, Hiruka suggested that this patch it is not easily applicable using NetBeans patch facility. I recommend using the patch command from the command line, or some other tool. For instance, Hiruka succeeded to apply the patch using git.
UPDATE 2 (28/07/2014): I have uploaded a patch revision. This should fix the small bug reported by Sylvain LAVIELLE in the comment section (‘undefined offset’).
UPDATE 3 (28/08/2014): some more bug fixes. Also, I introduced an (experimental) feature to set the HTTP Accept-Language Header
// set preferred language $crawler->setAcceptLanguage("it, en;q=0.8");