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Article Text Extractor


Simply extracts article texts and other meta info from the given URL. Uses which is a NodeJS implementation of

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Article Text Extractor


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    "title": "Article text extractor input",
    "description": "",
    "type": "object",
    "schemaVersion": 1,
    "properties": {
        "url": {
            "title": "Article URL",
            "type": "string",
            "description": "Fill the article URL, from which you want to extract data.",
            "prefill": "",
            "editor": "textfield"
    "required": ["url"]

Simply extracts article text and other meta info from given url. 
Uses which is a NodeJS implementation of
Check out also [lukaskrivka/article-extractor-smart](

Output get's saved into a default key-value store under the `OUTPUT` key. HTML of the given page is stored under the `page.html` key.

Example output:

  "title": "Sánchez no logra extender su poder territorial pese al triunfo del 26-M",
  "softTitle": "Sánchez no logra extender su poder territorial pese al triunfo del 26-M",
  "date": "16/06/2019 22:03",
  "author": [
  "publisher": "La Vanguardia",
  "copyright": "La Vanguardia Ediciones Todos los derechos reservados",
  "favicon": "",
  "description": "El PSOE ganó el pasado 26 de mayo las elecciones municipales y autonómicas de manera 'clara y rotunda', según celebró el propio Pedro Sánchez aquella misma noche. Aunque la victoria socialista se tiñó...",
  "lang": "es",
  "canonicalLink": "",
  "tags": [],
  "image": "",
  "videos": [],
  "links": [],
  "text": "..."


const Apify = require('apify');
const request = require('request-promise');
const extractor = require('unfluff');

Apify.main(async () => {
    const { url } = await Apify.getValue('INPUT');
    if (!url) throw new Error('INPUT.url must be provided!!!');
    console.log('Opening browser ...');
    const browser = await Apify.launchPuppeteer();
    console.log('Loading url ...');
    const page = await browser.newPage();
    await page.goto(url, { waitUntil: 'domcontentloaded' });
    const html = await page.evaluate(() => document.documentElement.outerHTML);

    await Apify.setValue('page.html', html, { contentType: 'text/html' });
    console.log('Extracting article data and saving results to key-value store ...');
    await Apify.setValue('OUTPUT', extractor(html));


    "name": "my-actor",
    "version": "0.0.1",
    "dependencies": {
        "apify": "^0.14.15",
        "request-promise": "latest",
        "unfluff": "latest"
    "scripts": {
        "start": "node main.js"
    "author": "Me!"