We’re pleased to announce that Splash 2.0 is officially live after many months of hard work.
Splash 2.0 now runs on Qt 5 and brings Python 3 support, lots of UI improvements and many other changes and bug fixes.
Python 3 support and Qt 5
We’ve added support for Python 3 and the Docker container now uses it by default instead of Python 2.
We would like to thank Tarashish Mishra, who joined us through Google Summer of Code 2015, for all his hard work in doing the initial port for Qt 5 and Python 3. If you want to contribute in some of our projects, please stay tuned for GSoC 2016.
Built-in support for JSON and Base64
We’ve also included modules for JSON and Base64 so you no longer need to include foreign libraries.
You can now find script examples in a new drop-down menu named ‘Examples’:
We fixed a bug that prevented users from updating proxy settings after request:set_proxy had been called.
We also made the following backwards-incompatible changes:
QT-based disk cache
Splash no longer supports the QT-based disk cache. We have discouraged usage since 1.0 and we recommend using something more reliable like Squid.
We removed the Splash-as-a-proxy service because it didn’t work with HTTPS and we wanted to reduce the dependency on advanced Twisted features. There was also an issue with the X-Splash-js-source header due to Python treating headers with values containing new lines as unsafe.
We made a few backwards-incompatible changes to Splash scripting as well and there’s a small chance you will need to update your scripts. Here are the changes we’ve made:
Receiving a response object. You should now use the returned object’s info attribute.
resp = splash:http_get(...) should be replaced with
resp = splash:http_get(...).info
resp = splash:http_post(...) should be replaced with
resp = splash:http_post(...).info
You should also do the same for the response object received by
Default encoding of
info['content']['text'] is now Base64.
You can find the full release notes here.
Thanks for reading and hope you enjoy using Splash! Take a look at our previous blog post to learn more about using Splash in your Scrapy projects. Also stay tuned because we have an even bigger release coming soon. You won’t want to miss it.