Quick start single process

1. Create your spider

Create your Scrapy project as you usually do. Enter a directory where you’d like to store your code and then run:

scrapy startproject tutorial

This will create a tutorial directory with the following contents:


These are basically:

  • scrapy.cfg: the project configuration file
  • tutorial/: the project’s python module, you’ll later import your code from here.
  • tutorial/items.py: the project’s items file.
  • tutorial/pipelines.py: the project’s pipelines file.
  • tutorial/settings.py: the project’s settings file.
  • tutorial/spiders/: a directory where you’ll later put your spiders.

2. Install Frontera

See Installation Guide.

3. Integrate your spider with the Frontera

This article about integration with Scrapy explains this step in detail.

4. Choose your backend

Configure frontier settings to use a built-in backend like in-memory BFS:

BACKEND = 'frontera.contrib.backends.memory.BFS'

5. Run the spider

Run your Scrapy spider as usual from the command line:

scrapy crawl myspider

And that’s it! You got your spider running integrated with Frontera.

What else?

You’ve seen a simple example of how to use Frontera with Scrapy, but this is just the surface. Frontera provides many powerful features for making frontier management easy and efficient, such as: