AttributeError: 'module' object has no attribute 'urlopen'


Question

I'm trying to use Python to download the HTML source code of a website but I'm receiving this error.

Traceback (most recent call last):  
    File "C:\Users\Sergio.Tapia\Documents\NetBeansProjects\DICParser\src\WebDownload.py", line 3, in <module>
     file = urllib.urlopen("http://www.python.org")
AttributeError: 'module' object has no attribute 'urlopen'

I'm following the guide here: http://www.boddie.org.uk/python/HTML.html

import urllib

file = urllib.urlopen("http://www.python.org")
s = file.read()
f.close()

#I'm guessing this would output the html source code?
print(s)

I'm using Python 3.

1
117
8/20/2019 3:19:45 PM

Accepted Answer

This works in Python 2.x.

For Python 3 look in the docs:

import urllib.request

with urllib.request.urlopen("http://www.python.org") as url:
    s = url.read()
    # I'm guessing this would output the html source code ?
    print(s)
196
4/27/2019 10:13:02 AM

A Python 2+3 compatible solution is:

import sys

if sys.version_info[0] == 3:
    from urllib.request import urlopen
else:
    # Not Python 3 - today, it is most likely to be Python 2
    # But note that this might need an update when Python 4
    # might be around one day
    from urllib import urlopen


# Your code where you can use urlopen
with urlopen("http://www.python.org") as url:
    s = url.read()

print(s)

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