getting Forbidden by robots.txt: scrapy

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getting Forbidden by robots.txt: scrapy

while crawling website like https://www.netflix.com, getting Forbidden by robots.txt: https://www.netflix.com/>

ERROR: No response downloaded for: https://www.netflix.com/

Answer #1:

In the new version (scrapy 1.1) launched 2016-05-11 the crawl first downloads robots.txt before crawling. To change this behavior change in your settings.py with ROBOTSTXT_OBEY

ROBOTSTXT_OBEY = False

Here are the release notes

Answered By: Rafael Almeida

Answer #2:

First thing you need to ensure is that you change your user agent in the request, otherwise default user agent will be blocked for sure.

Answered By: Ketan Patel

Answer #3:

Netflix’s Terms of Use state:

You also agree not to circumvent, remove, alter, deactivate, degrade or thwart any of the content protections in the Netflix service; use any robot, spider, scraper or other automated means to access the Netflix service;

They have their robots.txt set up to block web scrapers. If you override the setting in settings.py to ROBOTSTXT_OBEY=False then you are violating their terms of use which can result in a law suit.

Answered By: CubeOfCheese

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