meta-scraper

A utility for grabbing the meta tags from a web page.

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Meta tag Scraper
Retrieves the meta tags from a given web page. Common tag values (title, description, e.g.) are returned as object properties. There is also an allTags property which is an array of objects that contain the values of all the meta tags for the page.

Install

npm install meta-scraper --save

Usage

// ES5 require
const metaScraper = require('meta-scraper').default;
// ES6 import
import metaScraper from 'meta-scraper';

// Returns a promise. 
metaScraper('https://facebook.com')
  .then(function(data) {
    console.log(data);
    /*
      { 
        error: false,
        allTags: [ 
          { charset: 'utf-8' },
          { name: 'referrer', content: 'default', id: 'meta_referrer'},
          { property: 'og:site_name', content: 'Facebook' }
          ...more tags
        ],
        pageTitle: 'Facebook - Log In or Sign Up',
        pubDate: false,
        title: 'Facebook - Log In or Sign Up',
        description: 'Create an account or log into Facebook. Connect with friends, family and other people you know. Share photos and videos, send messages and get updates.',
        image: 'https://www.facebook.com/images/fb_icon_325x325.png'
      }
    */
  });

Available Properties

There are a number properties that are provided along with reasonable fallbacks:
  • title: Tries to first get the Open Graph or Twitter card title and uses pageTitle as a fallback.
  • pageTitle: The document title. This will be false if document title is missing.
  • description: Tries to first get the Open Graph or Twitter card description and uses the meta description as a fallback. This will be false if none of those are present.
  • pubDate: Tries to use article:published_time first, then og:pubdate as a fallback. This is false if those aren't available.
  • image: Tries to first get the Open Graph or Twitter card image. If those aren't available, this is false.
  • og: All available Open Graph tags. If those aren't available, this is false.
  • twitter: All available Twitter tags. If those aren't available, this is false.
  • error: If error is set to true, then there will be an additional property available, errorMessage, that will have the error message.
  • allTags: This is an array of objects. Each object contains the attributes for the meta tags and all of the page's meta tags should be available on this property. Using Array.filter() would be a useful way to find any tags that aren't provided by default. See the example below.

// If we have an object named 'data' returned when the promise resolves, we can get theme color:
const themeColor = data.allTags.filter(item => item.name && item.name === 'theme-color')[0].content;