scrape data from ao3

Scraping Data from AO3

AO3 (Archive of Our Own) is a popular website for fanfiction readers and writers. It contains a vast collection of fanfiction across various genres and fandoms. As a data analyst, I often need to extract data from AO3 to perform various analyses. Here are some ways to scrape data from AO3:

Using Python and Beautiful Soup

Python is a popular programming language for web scraping. Beautiful Soup is a Python library for pulling data out of HTML and XML files. Here is a sample Python code to scrape data from AO3:

import requests
from bs4 import BeautifulSoup

url = ''
r = requests.get(url)
soup = BeautifulSoup(r.content, 'html.parser')

title = soup.find('h2', {'class': 'title'}).text
author = soup.find('a', {'rel': 'author'}).text
summary = soup.find('div', {'class': 'summary'}).text.strip()


In this code, we first import the necessary libraries - requests and BeautifulSoup. We then define the URL of the AO3 work we want to scrape and send a GET request to fetch the HTML content of the page. We then use BeautifulSoup to parse the HTML content and extract the title, author, and summary of the work.

Using Web Scraping Tools

If you are not comfortable with coding, there are several web scraping tools available that can help you extract data from AO3. Some popular web scraping tools are:

  • Octoparse
  • Pandas Datareader

These tools provide a user-friendly interface to scrape data from AO3 without writing any code. However, they may have certain limitations and may not be as flexible as coding your own scraper.

While scraping data from AO3 may seem like a simple task, it is important to consider the legal and ethical implications of web scraping. AO3 has a clear terms of service that prohibits scraping data from their website without their explicit permission. Therefore, it is important to seek permission from AO3 before scraping their data.

Additionally, it is important to ensure that your web scraping activities do not violate any copyright laws or infringe on the privacy of the authors or readers on AO3. Always ensure that you have the necessary legal rights and permissions before scraping data from AO3.

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