Readability / Html Content / Article Extractor & Web Scrapping library written in PHP

0.3.0 2015-05-06 13:22 UTC

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#PHP Goose - Article Extractor Scrutinizer Code Quality Build Status


PHP Goose is a port of Goose originally developed in Java and converted to Scala by GravityLabs. Portions have also been ported from the Python port python-goose. It's mission is to take any news article or article type web page and not only extract what is the main body of the article but also all meta data and most probable image candidate.

The extraction goal is to try and get the purest extraction from the beginning of the article for servicing flipboard/pulse type applications that need to show the first snippet of a web article along with an image.

Goose will try to extract the following information:

  • Main text of an article
  • Main image of article
  • Any Youtube/Vimeo movies embedded in article
  • Meta Description
  • Meta tags
  • Publish Date

The php version was rewritten by:

  • Andrew Scott


  • PHP 5.4 or later
  • PSR-4 compatible autoloader


This library is designed to be installed via Composer.

Add the dependency into your projects composer.json.

  "require": {
    "scotteh/php-goose": "dev-master"

Download the composer.phar

curl -sS https://getcomposer.org/installer | php

Install the library.

php composer.phar install


This library requires an autoloader, if you aren't already using one you can include Composers autoloader.



use Goose\Client as GooseClient;

$goose = new GooseClient();
$article = $goose->extractContent('http://url.to/article');

$title = $article->getTitle();
$metaDescription = $article->getMetaDescription();
$metaKeywords = $article->getMetaKeywords();
$canonicalLink = $article->getCanonicalLink();
$domain = $article->getDomain();
$tags = $article->getTags();
$links = $article->getLinks();
$movies = $article->getMovies();
$articleText = $article->getCleanedArticleText();
$entities = $article->getPopularWords();
$image = $article->getTopImage();
$allImages = $article->getAllImages();


All config options are not required and are optional. Default (fallback) values have been used below.

$goose = new GooseClient([
    // Language - Selects common word dictionary
    //   Supported languages:
    //     ar, da, de, en, es, fi, fr, hu, id, it, ko,
    //     nb, nl, no, pl, pt, ru, sv, zh
    'language' => 'en',
    // Minimum image size (bytes)
    'image_min_bytes' => 4500,
    // Maximum image size (bytes)
    'image_max_bytes' => 5242880,
    // Minimum image size (pixels)
    'image_min_width' => 120,
    // Maximum image size (pixels)
    'image_min_height' => 120,
    // Fetch best image
    'image_fetch_best' => true,
    // Fetch all images
    'image_fetch_all' => false,
    // Guzzle configuration - All values are passed directly to Guzzle
    //   See: http://guzzle.readthedocs.org/en/latest/clients.html#request-options
    'browser' => [
        'timeout' => 60,
        'connect_timeout' => 30


PHP Goose is licensed by Gravity.com under the Apache 2.0 license, see the LICENSE file for more details