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PlaywrightCrawlingContext <UserData>


  • BrowserCrawlingContext<PlaywrightCrawler, Page, Response, PlaywrightController, UserData>
  • PlaywrightContextUtils
    • PlaywrightCrawlingContext




browserController: PlaywrightController


crawler: PlaywrightCrawler


id: string


log: Log


page: Page


proxyInfo?: ProxyInfo

An object with information about currently used proxy by the crawler and configured by the ProxyConfiguration class.


request: Request<UserData>

The original Request object.


response?: Response


session?: Session



  • blockRequests(options?: BlockRequestsOptions): Promise<void>
  • Forces the Playwright browser tab to block loading URLs that match a provided pattern. This is useful to speed up crawling of websites, since it reduces the amount of data that needs to be downloaded from the web, but it may break some websites or unexpectedly prevent loading of resources.

    By default, the function will block all URLs including the following patterns:

    [".css", ".jpg", ".jpeg", ".png", ".svg", ".gif", ".woff", ".pdf", ".zip"]

    If you want to extend this list further, use the extraUrlPatterns option, which will keep blocking the default patterns, as well as add your custom ones. If you would like to block only specific patterns, use the urlPatterns option, which will override the defaults and block only URLs with your custom patterns.

    This function does not use Playwright's request interception and therefore does not interfere with browser cache. It's also faster than blocking requests using interception, because the blocking happens directly in the browser without the round-trip to Node.js, but it does not provide the extra benefits of request interception.

    The function will never block main document loads and their respective redirects.

    Example usage

    preNavigationHooks: [
    async ({ blockRequests }) => {
    // Block all requests to URLs that include `adsbygoogle.js` and also all defaults.
    await blockRequests({
    extraUrlPatterns: ['adsbygoogle.js'],


    • optionaloptions: BlockRequestsOptions

    Returns Promise<void>


  • compileScript(scriptString: string, ctx?: Dictionary): CompiledScriptFunction
  • Compiles a Playwright script into an async function that may be executed at any time by providing it with the following object:

    page: Page,
    request: Request,

    Where page is a Playwright Page and request is a Request.

    The function is compiled by using the scriptString parameter as the function's body, so any limitations to function bodies apply. Return value of the compiled function is the return value of the function body = the scriptString parameter.

    As a security measure, no globals such as process or require are accessible from within the function body. Note that the function does not provide a safe sandbox and even though globals are not easily accessible, malicious code may still execute in the main process via prototype manipulation. Therefore you should only use this function to execute sanitized or safe code.

    Custom context may also be provided using the context parameter. To improve security, make sure to only pass the really necessary objects to the context. Preferably making secured copies beforehand.


    • scriptString: string
    • optionalctx: Dictionary

    Returns CompiledScriptFunction


  • enqueueLinks(options?: EnqueueLinksOptions): Promise<BatchAddRequestsResult>
  • This function automatically finds and enqueues links from the current page, adding them to the RequestQueue currently used by the crawler.

    Optionally, the function allows you to filter the target links' URLs using an array of globs or regular expressions and override settings of the enqueued Request objects.

    Check out the Crawl a website with relative links example for more details regarding its usage.

    Example usage

    async requestHandler({ enqueueLinks }) {
    await enqueueLinks({
    globs: [


    • optionaloptions: EnqueueLinksOptions

      All enqueueLinks() parameters are passed via an options object.

    Returns Promise<BatchAddRequestsResult>

    Promise that resolves to BatchAddRequestsResult object.


  • enqueueLinksByClickingElements(options: Omit<EnqueueLinksByClickingElementsOptions, requestQueue | page>): Promise<BatchAddRequestsResult>
  • The function finds elements matching a specific CSS selector in a Playwright page, clicks all those elements using a mouse move and a left mouse button click and intercepts all the navigation requests that are subsequently produced by the page. The intercepted requests, including their methods, headers and payloads are then enqueued to a provided RequestQueue. This is useful to crawl JavaScript heavy pages where links are not available in href elements, but rather navigations are triggered in click handlers. If you're looking to find URLs in href attributes of the page, see enqueueLinks.

    Optionally, the function allows you to filter the target links' URLs using an array of PseudoUrl objects and override settings of the enqueued Request objects.

    IMPORTANT: To be able to do this, this function uses various mutations on the page, such as changing the Z-index of elements being clicked and their visibility. Therefore, it is recommended to only use this function as the last operation in the page.

    USING HEADFUL BROWSER: When using a headful browser, this function will only be able to click elements in the focused tab, effectively limiting concurrency to 1. In headless mode, full concurrency can be achieved.

    PERFORMANCE: Clicking elements with a mouse and intercepting requests is not a low level operation that takes nanoseconds. It's not very CPU intensive, but it takes time. We strongly recommend limiting the scope of the clicking as much as possible by using a specific selector that targets only the elements that you assume or know will produce a navigation. You can certainly click everything by using the * selector, but be prepared to wait minutes to get results on a large and complex page.

    Example usage

    async requestHandler({ enqueueLinksByClickingElements }) {
    await enqueueLinksByClickingElements({
    selector: 'a.product-detail',
    globs: [


    • options: Omit<EnqueueLinksByClickingElementsOptions, requestQueue | page>

    Returns Promise<BatchAddRequestsResult>

    Promise that resolves to BatchAddRequestsResult object.


  • infiniteScroll(options?: InfiniteScrollOptions): Promise<void>
  • Scrolls to the bottom of a page, or until it times out. Loads dynamic content when it hits the bottom of a page, and then continues scrolling.


    • optionaloptions: InfiniteScrollOptions

    Returns Promise<void>


  • injectFile(filePath: string, options?: InjectFileOptions): Promise<unknown>
  • Injects a JavaScript file into current page. Unlike Playwright's addScriptTag function, this function works on pages with arbitrary Cross-Origin Resource Sharing (CORS) policies.

    File contents are cached for up to 10 files to limit file system access.


    • filePath: string
    • optionaloptions: InjectFileOptions

    Returns Promise<unknown>


  • injectJQuery(): Promise<unknown>
  • Injects the jQuery library into current page. jQuery is often useful for various web scraping and crawling tasks. For example, it can help extract text from HTML elements using CSS selectors.

    Beware that the injected jQuery object will be set to the window.$ variable and thus it might cause conflicts with other libraries included by the page that use the same variable name (e.g. another version of jQuery). This can affect functionality of page's scripts.

    The injected jQuery will survive page navigations and reloads.

    Example usage:

    async requestHandler({ page, injectJQuery }) {
    await injectJQuery();
    const title = await page.evaluate(() => {
    return $('head title').text();

    Note that injectJQuery() does not affect the Playwright page.$() function in any way.

    Returns Promise<unknown>


  • parseWithCheerio(): Promise<CheerioAPI>
  • Returns Cheerio handle for page.content(), allowing to work with the data same way as with CheerioCrawler.

    Example usage:

    async requestHandler({ parseWithCheerio }) {
    const $ = await parseWithCheerio();
    const title = $('title').text();

    Returns Promise<CheerioAPI>


  • saveSnapshot(options?: SaveSnapshotOptions): Promise<void>
  • Saves a full screenshot and HTML of the current page into a Key-Value store.


    • optionaloptions: SaveSnapshotOptions

    Returns Promise<void>


  • sendRequest<Response>(overrideOptions?: Partial<OptionsInit>): Promise<Response<Response>>
  • Fires HTTP request via got-scraping, allowing to override the request options on the fly.

    This is handy when you work with a browser crawler but want to execute some requests outside it (e.g. API requests). Check the Skipping navigations for certain requests example for more detailed explanation of how to do that.

    async requestHandler({ sendRequest }) {
    const { body } = await sendRequest({
    // override headers only
    headers: { ... },

    Type parameters

    • Response = string


    • optionaloverrideOptions: Partial<OptionsInit>

    Returns Promise<Response<Response>>