Web scrape google news with R

This tutorial outlines how to extract google news with R programming language. It is useful when you need to show newsletter of the topic you are interested to see in the dashboard. In Google news you can search news with the keywords of your interest.

Make sure to install rvest, dplyr and xml2 R packages before running the following script. The script returns the following columns (information).

  • Title : Headline of the article
  • Link : URL of the article
  • Description : 1 or 2 lines summary of the article
  • Source : Name of the Original Content Creator
  • Time : When article was published

Scrape Google news
news <- function(term) {
  
  require(dplyr)
  require(xml2)
  require(rvest)
  
  html_dat <- read_html(paste0("https://news.google.com/search?q=",term,"&hl=en-IN&gl=IN&ceid=US%3Aen"))
  
  dat <- data.frame(Link = html_dat %>%
                      html_nodes('.VDXfz') %>% 
                      html_attr('href')) %>% 
    mutate(Link = gsub("./articles/","https://news.google.com/articles/",Link))
  
  news_dat <- data.frame(
    Title = html_dat %>%
      html_nodes('.DY5T1d') %>% 
      html_text(),
    Link = dat$Link,
    Description =  html_dat %>%
      html_nodes('.Rai5ob') %>% 
      html_text()
  ) 
  
  # Extract Source and Time (To avoid missing content)
  prod <- html_nodes(html_dat, ".SVJrMe")
  Source <- lapply(prod, function(x) {
    norm <- tryCatch(html_node(x, "a") %>% html_text() ,
                     error=function(err) {NA})
  })
  
  time <- lapply(prod, function(x) {
    norm <- tryCatch(html_node(x, "time") %>% html_text(),
                     error=function(err) {NA})
  })
  
  mydf <- data.frame(Source = do.call(rbind, Source), Time = do.call(rbind, time), stringsAsFactors = F)
  dff <- cbind(news_dat, mydf) %>% distinct(Time, .keep_all = TRUE)
  
  return(dff)
}

newsdf <- news('indian"%20economy')
%20 refers to space between the two words.
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10 Responses to "Web scrape google news with R"
  1. For some reason after running this part I am getting an empty dat

    html_dat <- read_html(paste0("https://news.google.com/search?q=",term,"&hl=en-IN&gl=IN&ceid=US%3Aen"))

    dat <- data.frame(Link = html_dat %>%
    html_nodes('.VDXfz') %>%
    html_attr('href')) %>%
    mutate(Link = gsub("./articles/","https://news.google.com/articles/",Link))

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    1. term is an argument in the function so it works inside the function.

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  2. Sir, thank you so much for this!

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  3. No, the function is not working. You will see it if you tried to run your script. I took the function out to see in each part where is the problem and the issue seems to be from the beginning. Just run this to see that the "dat" is empty.

    <<
    term<-"Tesla"

    require(dplyr)
    require(xml2)
    require(rvest)



    html_dat <- read_html(paste0("https://news.google.com/search?q=",term,"&hl=en-IN&gl=IN&ceid=US%3Aen"))
    #html_dat <- read_html(paste0("https://news.google.com/search?q=",term,"&hl=en-US&gl=US&ceid=US:en"))

    dat <- data.frame(Link = html_dat %>%
    html_nodes('.VDXfz') %>%
    html_attr('href')) %>%
    mutate(Link = gsub("./articles/","https://news.google.com/articles/",Link))

    news_dat <- data.frame(
    Title = html_dat %>%
    html_nodes('.DY5T1d') %>%
    html_text(),
    Link = dat$Link,
    Description = html_dat %>%
    html_nodes('.Rai5ob') %>%
    html_text()
    )

    >>

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    1. I ran the code and dat contains 104 observations. Suggestion - Don't post as anonymous when seeking for support. Can you manually check if this link is working - https://news.google.com/search?q=Tesla&hl=en-IN&gl=IN&ceid=US%3Aen? Also check your firewalls if they are restricting.

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  4. Thanks for your reply. I tried both and still 0 observations. I remember I was checking this again a couple of months ago and it was working. I don t know what happened now

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  5. The problem is: html_nodes('.Rai5ob') -> character (empty)

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  6. Replace '.Rai5ob' by '.RZIKme'. It will work.

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    1. Thank you very much. It still though generates an empty data.frame to me :(

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