The robotparser module has been renamed urllib.robotparser in Python 3.0. The 2to3 tool will automatically adapt imports when converting your sources to 3.0.
This module provides a single class, RobotFileParser, which answers questions about whether or not a particular user agent can fetch a URL on the Web site that published the robots.txt file. For more details on the structure of robots.txt files, see http://www.robotstxt.org/orig.html.
This class provides a set of methods to read, parse and answer questions about a single robots.txt file.
The following example demonstrates basic use of the RobotFileParser class.
>>> import robotparser >>> rp = robotparser.RobotFileParser() >>> rp.set_url("http://www.musi-cal.com/robots.txt") >>> rp.read() >>> rp.can_fetch("*", "http://www.musi-cal.com/cgi-bin/search?city=San+Francisco") False >>> rp.can_fetch("*", "http://www.musi-cal.com/") True