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PHP Parse, Extract and print content from another website

prevarant asked
Last Modified: 2013-12-13
Hi Experts,

I need to extract content from this website: http://www.astrolook.com/dnevni.shtml
I need to extract text and print it for every <!-pocetak--><!-kraj--> Tag. I also need text between
<font class="htext"></font>

1) Ovan
Some description between pocetak/kraj for "Ovan"

2) Bik
Some description betweeb pocetak/kraj for "Bik"


Thank You in advance
Marko Miljus
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ZvonkoSystems architect
Top Expert 2006

1) Ovan: Some sta citas dalje ;-)
ZvonkoSystems architect
Top Expert 2006

This how it would work in JavaScript (I have no PHP for test):

window.onload = function(){
  var theText = document.getElementsByTagName("table")[4].innerHTML;
  theText = theText.replace(/<\/font><BR>/gi,":  ");
  theText = theText.replace(/<[^>]+>/g,"");


Pozdrav Zvonko!
Ths won't work because I need to parse and retrive content from another server page and load it to my websites's page.

I tried this PHP code but than I get almost all content:

$page = "http://www.astrolook.com/dnevni.shtml";

    // tags

    $start = '<!-pocetak-->';
    $end = '<!-kraj-->';

    // open the file
    $fp = fopen( $page, 'r' );

    $cont = "";

    // read the contents
    while( !feof( $fp ) ) {
        $buf = trim( fgets( $fp, 4096 ) );
        $cont .= $buf;
    // get tag contents
    preg_match( "/$start(.*)$end/s", $cont, $match );

    // tag contents
    $contents = $match[ 1 ];
      echo $match[ 1 ];

I think that I need to put "break;" somewhere.
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actually, your regex will match from the very first start tag on the page to the very last one on the page.  you need to use a non-greedy match qualifier on your .*, so make it .*? so that it will break on the first end tag, rather than the last.


Ebosscher, this *? works but I only get content for first pair of tags <!-pocetak--><!-kraj-->.
How to get for all 12 pairs?
Just to push ym answer again - The script will do exactly what you want, just change the URL... :)


Thank You Basiclife, I didn't try Your code until...and now...it works. Simple solution does the job!

while($finished==false && $start<strlen($contents)) {
      $start = strpos($contents, $open, $end);
      if($start === false) {$finished=true;}
      $end = strpos($contents, $close, $start);
      if($end === false) {$finished=true;}
            if($start !== false && $end !== false) {
            print substr($contents, $start+strlen($open), $end-$start-strlen($open)) . "<BR/><BR/>";
Excellent, glad I could help :)

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