Retrieve the contents of a div from external site (PHP, XPATH)?

I am trying to retrieve and echo the content of a div from an external site using PHP and xPath.

This is an excerpt from the page, showing the relevant code:

<html xml:lang="en" lang="en" xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"> <head><title>Handbags - Clutches - Kara Ross New York</title></head> <body> <div id="Container"> <div id="AjaxLoading">...</div> ... <div id="Wrapper"> <div class="productlist-page"> ... <div class="Content Wide " id="LayoutColumn1"> ... <div align="center"> <div class="Block CategoryContent Moveable Panel" id="CategoryContent"> <form name="frmCompare" id="frmCompare"> <table><tr><td valign="top">...</td> <td valign="top"> <ul class="ProductList "> <li class="Odd"> <div class="ProductImage QuickView" data-product="261"> <a href="http://www.kararossny.com/electra-clutch-in-oil-spill-lizard-and-hologram-with-gunmetal-hardware-and-hematite/"> <img src="http://cdn2.bigcommerce.com/n-arxsrf/t0qdc/products/261/images/1382/electra_oil_spill__08182.1402652812.500.375.jpg?c=2" alt="Kara Ross Electra Clutch in Oil Spill Lizard and Hologram with Gunmetal Hardware and Hematite Gemstone on Closure"/> </a> </div> <div class="ProductDetails">...</div> <div class="ProductPriceRating">...</div> <div class="ProductCompareButton" style="display:none">...</div> <div class="ProductActionAdd" style="display:none;">...</div> </li> </ul> </td> <td valign="top" align="center">...</td> </tr> </table> <div class="product-nav btm"> ... </div> </form> ...

This is my code so far:

$url = 'http://www.kararossny.com/clutches/?sort=featured&page=1'; $dom = new DOMDocument; @$dom->loadHTMLFile($url); $xpath = new DOMXpath($dom); $elements = $xpath->query('//div[class="ProductImage QuickView"]'); foreach($elements[0] as $child) { echo $child . "\n"; }

My desired output for the page linked would be:

<a href="http://www.kararossny.com/electra-clutch-in-oil-spill-lizard-and-hologram-with-gunmetal-hardware-and-hematite/"> <img src="http://cdn2.bigcommerce.com/n-arxsrf/t0qdc/products/261/images/1382/electra_oil_spill__08182.1402652812.500.375.jpg?c=2" alt="Kara Ross Electra Clutch in Oil Spill Lizard and Hologram with Gunmetal Hardware and Hematite Gemstone on Closure"/> </a>

Any idea what I am doing wrong? I think my xpath might be wrong, but I am not sure.

Thanks!

Answer1:

There are three reasons why you are probably not being able to select the code you want.

1 - To select your class attribute in your XPath predicate you need to use the attribute axis. Either prefix the attribute name with attribute:: or with an @ sign. So you should use

@class

to select the class attribute.

2 - An XPath expression is made of one or more steps. Each step defines a context that limits the scope of the next step. The last step contains the set you are selecting. Since your last step is a div, you are actually selecting a div, and not an a. You should use the following expression to select the a node and its contents:

//div[@class="ProductImage QuickView"]/a


3 - Finally, your page has a default namespace declaration:

xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"

That will require you to either register it or ignore it selecting your elements using wildcards (not by their names, but using *). Most XPath APIs do not automatically set default namespaces, and if a namespace is not used to qualify XPath selectors, it considers unprefixed elements as belonging to no namespaces. That means that if you try to select a <div> using the expression //div, you may get an empty set. If you are not selecting anything, try ignoring namespaces like this:

//*[local-name()='div'][@class="ProductImage QuickView"]/*[local-name()='a']

    

Answer2:

You forgot to add @ on the class and a at the end on your query, since to targeting the link. After that, use saveHTML() to get it. Consider this example:

$url = 'http://www.kararossny.com/clutches/?sort=featured&page=1'; $dom = new DOMDocument(); @$dom->loadHTMLFile($url); $xpath = new DOMXpath($dom); $elements = $xpath->query('//div[@class="ProductImage QuickView"]/a'); $link = $dom->saveHTML($elements->item(0)); echo $link;

Answer3:

Yes, your XPath is a bit off.

In XPath, to filter element by it's attribute value you have to use @ at the beginning of the attribute name. So your XPath should've been as follow :

//div[@class="ProductImage QuickView"]

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