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xkcd-dl

⏬ Download ALL xkcd's which have been uploaded till date. Ever!

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Download each and every xkcd <http://xkcd.com>__ comic uploaded! Like ever!

:Author: Tasdik Rahman

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Features

  • Can download all the xkcd's uploaded till date(1603 as I am writing this!).

  • Download individual xkcd's and store them

  • Download ranges of xkcd's and store them

  • Download the latest issue xkcd

  • Download the meta text inside each xkcd and store it

  • No duplicacy in your XKCD database.

  • Stores each xkcd in a separate file named as the title of the xkcd at your home directory

  • Writes a description.txt for each xkcd. Storing meta-data like

    • date-publised
    • url value
    • a small description of that xkcd
    • The alt text on the comic
  • written in uncomplicated python.

Demo

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Usage

Each Comic is stored in it's own individual folder with a description.txt placed in it. It contains meta-data like - img-link - title - date-published - alt

Here's a little example for the same

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xkcd_archive Structure

Usage

When running for the first time, do a xkcd-dl --update-db

.. code:: bash

$ xkcd-dl --update-db
XKCD link database updated
Stored it in 'xkcd_dict.json'. You can start downloading your XKCD's!
Run 'xkcd-dl --help' for more options
$

--help

.. code:: bash

$ xkcd-dl --help
usage: xkcd-dl [-h] [-u] [-l] [-d XKCD_NUM | -a]
               [-r [DOWNLOAD_RANGE [DOWNLOAD_RANGE ...]]] [-v] [-P PATH]
               [-s XKCD_NUM]

Run `xkcd-dl --update-db` if running for the first time.

optional arguments:
  -h, --help            show this help message and exit
  -u, --update-db       Update the database
  -l, --download-latest
                        Download most recent comic
  -d XKCD_NUM, --download XKCD_NUM
                        Download specified comic by number
  -a, --download-all    Download all comics
  -r [DOWNLOAD_RANGE [DOWNLOAD_RANGE ...]], --download-range [DOWNLOAD_RANGE [DOWNLOAD_RANGE ...]]
                        Download specified range
  -v, --version         show program's version number and exit
  -P PATH, --path PATH  set path
  -s XKCD_NUM, --show XKCD_NUM
                        Show specified comic by number

--download-latest

This downloads the last uploaded xkcd comic and stores under the home directory of the user with a brief description

.. code:: bash

$ xkcd-dl --download-latest
Downloading xkcd from 'http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/flashlights.png' and storing it under '/home/tasdik/xkcd_archive/1603'
$

If it has been downloaded, will not do anything

This command will work even if you have not run --update-db yet.

--download=XKCDNUMBER

Downloads the particular XKCDNUMBER\ (given that it exists and has not been downloaded already) and stores it in the home directory

.. code:: bash

$ xkcd-dl --download=143
Downloading xkcd from 'http://xkcd.com/143/' and storing it under '/home/tasdik/xkcd_archive/143'
$ xkcd-dl --download=1603
Downloading xkcd from 'http://xkcd.com/1603/' and storing it under '/home/tasdik/xkcd_archive/1603'
xkcd  number '1603' has already been downloaded!
$

--download-range <START> <END>

Will take two number parameters and download all the xkcd's between the two, inclusive.

.. code:: bash

$ xkcd-dl --download-range 32 36
Downloading xkcd from 'http://xkcd.com/32/' and storing it under '/home/tasdik/xkcd_archive/32'
Downloading xkcd from 'http://xkcd.com/33/' and storing it under '/home/tasdik/xkcd_archive/33'
Downloading xkcd from 'http://xkcd.com/34/' and storing it under '/home/tasdik/xkcd_archive/34'
Downloading xkcd from 'http://xkcd.com/35/' and storing it under '/home/tasdik/xkcd_archive/35'
Downloading xkcd from 'http://xkcd.com/36/' and storing it under '/home/tasdik/xkcd_archive/36'

--download-all

As the name suggests, will download all the xkcd's uploaded till date and store them under the home directory of the user.

.. code:: bash

$ xkcd-dl --download-all
Downloading all xkcd's Till date!!
Downloading xkcd from 'http://xkcd.com/1466' and storing it under '/home/tasdik/xkcd_archive/1466'
Downloading xkcd from 'http://xkcd.com/381' and storing it under '/home/tasdik/xkcd_archive/381'
Downloading xkcd from 'http://xkcd.com/198' and storing it under '/home/tasdik/xkcd_archive/198'
Downloading xkcd from 'http://xkcd.com/512' and storing it under '/home/tasdik/xkcd_archive/512'
Downloading xkcd from 'http://xkcd.com/842' and storing it under '/home/tasdik/xkcd_archive/842'
Downloading xkcd from 'http://xkcd.com/920' and storing it under '/home/tasdik/xkcd_archive/920'
....
....

--path=PATH

To use a custom directory to store your xkcd_archive, you can append --path=./any/path/here to the end of any download method. Absolute and relative paths work, but the directory must already exist.

.. code:: bash

$ xkcd-dl --download=3 --path=comic
Downloading xkcd from 'http://xkcd.com/3/' and storing it under '/home/tasdik/comic/xkcd_archive/3'
$ xkcd-dl --download-range 54 56 --path=/home/tasdik/xkcd
Downloading xkcd from 'http://xkcd.com/54/' and storing it under '/home/tasdik/xkcd/xkcd_archive/54'
Downloading xkcd from 'http://xkcd.com/55/' and storing it under '/home/tasdik/xkcd/xkcd_archive/55'
Downloading xkcd from 'http://xkcd.com/56/' and storing it under '/home/tasdik/xkcd/xkcd_archive/56'

--show XKCD_NUM

Opens the specified comic. Downloads it, if not downloaded already. Prints the alt text and metadata to stdout.

.. code:: bash

$ xkcd-dl --show 32
Downloading xkcd from 'http://xkcd.com/32/' and storing it under '/home/bk/Documents/xkcd-dl/xkcd_dl/xkcd_archive/32'
title : Pillar
date-publised: 2006-1-1
url: http://xkcd.com/32/
alt: A comic by my brother Doug, redrawn and rewritten by me
 
$ xkcd-dl -s 1000
Downloading xkcd from 'http://xkcd.com/1000/' and storing it under '/home/bk/Documents/xkcd-dl/xkcd_dl/xkcd_archive/1000'
xkcd  number '1000' has already been downloaded!
title : 1000 Comics
date-publised: 2012-1-6
url: http://xkcd.com/1000/
alt: Thank you for making me feel less alone.

Installation

Option 1: installing through pip <https://pypi.python.org/pypi/xkcd-dl>__ (Suggested way)

pypi package link <https://pypi.python.org/pypi/xkcd-dl>__

$ pip3 install xkcd-dl

If you are behind a proxy

$ pip3 --proxy [username:password@]domain_name:port install xkcd-dl

Note: If you get command not found then $ sudo apt-get install python3-pip should fix that

Option 2: installing from source

.. code:: bash

$ git clone https://github.com/tasdikrahman/xkcd-dl.git
$ cd xkcd-dl/
$ pip3 install -r requirements.txt
$ python3 setup.py install

Upgrading

.. code:: bash

$ pip3 install -U xkcd-dl

Uninstalling

$ pip3 uninstall xkcd-dl

For Arch distributions

Here is the AUR link for you

  • Arch package <https://aur4.archlinux.org/packages/xkcd-dl-git/>__

Contributing

I hacked this up in one night, so its a little messy up there. Feel free to contribute.

  1. Fork it.
  2. Create your feature branch (git checkout -b my-new-awesome-feature)
  3. Commit your changes (git commit -am 'Added <xyz> feature')
  4. Push to the branch (git push origin my-new-awesome-feature)
  5. Create new Pull Request

Contributors

Big shout out to

  • Ian C <https://github.com/GrappigPanda> for fixing issue #2 <https://github.com/tasdikrahman/xkcd-dl/issues/2> which stopped the download if a title of a comic had a special character in it and BlitzKraft <https://github.com/BlitzKraft>__ for pointing it out.
  • BlitzKraft <https://github.com/BlitzKraft>__ for adding the feature to download the alt-text from the the xkcd and major clean ups!
  • Braden Best <https://github.com/bradenbest>__ for pointing out the issues when installing from source apart from his valuable input.

To-do

  • add xkcd-dl --download-latest
  • add xkcd-dl --download=XKCDNUMBER
  • add xkcd-dl --download-all
  • add xkcd-dl download-range <START> <END>
  • add path setting with [--path=/path/to/directory] option
  • add exclude list to easily recognize and ignore dynamic comics i.e. comics without a default image.
  • Remove redundant code in download_xkcd_number(), download_latest() and download_all() (Refactoring!!)
  • Adding support to open a particular xkcd at the CLI itself. Implemented using xdg-open. Opens using your default image viewer.
  • Add tests

Known Issues

  • There have been issues when installed from source if you are using python 2.* as discussed in #5 <https://github.com/tasdikrahman/xkcd-dl/issues/5#issuecomment-159868497>__. So using python3.* is suggested.
  • If you get command not found when installing, it may mean that you don't have pip3 installed. $ sudo apt-get install python3-pip should fix that. To check your version of pip
  • Dynamic comics have to be added manually using the excludeList

.. code:: bash

$ pip3 --version
pip 1.5.6 from /usr/lib/python3/dist-packages (python 3.4)
$

Bugs

Please report the bugs at the issue tracker <https://github.com/tasdikrahman/xkcd-dl/issues>__

OR

You can tweet me at @tasdikrahman <https://twitter.com/tasdikrahman>__ if you can't get it to work. In fact, you should tweet me anyway.

Changelog

  • 0.1.2: bug: fixed relative import error in setup.py added support for gif files when renaming downloaded image (#38)

Motivation

xkcd-dl is inspired by an awesome package called youtube-dl <https://github.com/rg3/youtube-dl/> written by Daniel Bolton <https://github.com/rg3> (Much respect!)

How about you get to download all of the xkcd which have been uploaded till date? This does just that!

Now I don't know about you, but I just love reading xkcd's! Had a boring Sunday night looming over, thought why not create something like youtube-dl but for downloading xkcd's!

And hence xkcd-dl <https://github.com/tasdikrahman/xkcd-dl>__

Cheers to a crazy night!

Legal stuff

Built with ♥ by Tasdik Rahman <http://tasdikrahman.me> (@tasdikrahman) <https://twitter.com/tasdikrahman> and others <https://github.com/tasdikrahman/xkcd-dl/graphs/contributors> released under MIT License <http://prodicus.mit-license.org>

You can find a copy of the License at http://prodicus.mit-license.org/

Donation

If you have found my little bits of software of any use to you, you can help me pay my internet bills :)

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