Script to Download Fonts in Bulk From dafont.com

Being into design related stuff since joining college, I've found it a necessity to maintain a decent font collection. In this post, I will share and explain the script which helped me to create my collection.

What my script does is download fonts directly off a top 20 list of fonts from dafont.com, for each sub-category available there.

The website has a very organized way to let users download fonts. First, there are categories like Fancy, Foreign Look, Techno, Gothic etc. Under each of these categories, there are sub-categories. Each subcategory has an ID which will help our purpose.

You can just change the ID range in the script to download fonts of different category.

The Script

#! /usr/bin/python

# Name: dafont.com Bulk Download Tool
# Version: 0.3
# Summary: A tool for downloading top 20 fonts of each sub-category of dafont.com
# License: BSD
# Author: Pranav Ashok
# Author-email: iam@pranavashok.com
# Author-homepage: http://pranavashok.com/blog
# Support: http://pranavashok.com/blog/2010/05/script-to-download-fonts-in-bulk-from-dafont-com
# Support: Twitter (@pranavashok)

from BeautifulSoup import BeautifulSoup
import re
import os
import commands
import string

for cat in range(101, 119): #ID Range 101-119
	url = 'http://www.dafont.com/theme.php?cat=%d&nb_ppp=20' % cat
	contents = commands.getoutput("curl -s '"+url+"'")

	w = open('downloader.sh', 'a')
	
	soup = BeautifulSoup(contents)
	directory = soup.find('title').contents
	wholeTag = soup.findAll('a', {"class" : "dl"})
	directory[0] = string.rstrip(directory[0], " | dafont.com")
	fontCat, useless, subCat = directory[0].partition(" > ")
	
	w.write('mkdir \"%s\"\n' % fontCat)
	w.write('cd \"%s\"\n' % fontCat)

	w.write('mkdir \"%s\"\n' % subCat)
	w.write('cd \"%s\"\n' % subCat)
	for link in wholeTag:
		name = os.path.basename(link['href'])
		fileName, fileExt = os.path.splitext(name)
		fileName = string.lstrip(fileName, "?f=")
		w.write('wget -c -O \"%s.zip\" \"%s\" \n' % (fileName, link['href']))
	w.write('cd ..\n')
	w.write('cd ..\n')
	w.close()

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Script to Download TED Videos in Bulk

I recently became addicted to TED Videos. This inspired me to create a simple python script which helps one download TED Talks in bulk. Here is the main part of the script. Scroll down for download link and usage instructions.

#! /usr/bin/python

# Name: TED Video Downloader
# Version: 0.4
# Summary: A bulk TED Talks download tool
# License: BSD
# Author: Pranav Ashok
# Author-email: iam@pranavashok.com
# Author-homepage: http://pranavashok.com/blog
# Support: http://pranavashok.com/blog/2009/12/script-to-download-ted-videos-in-bulk/
# Support: Twitter (@pranavashok)

from BeautifulSoup import BeautifulSoup
from urllib2 import urlopen
import re
import os
import sys

f = open(sys.argv[1], 'r')
for link in f:
	web = urlopen(link)
	soup = BeautifulSoup(web.read())
	wholeTag = soup.find(href=re.compile("download.ted.com/talks/.+"))

	name = os.path.basename(link)
	fileName, fileExt = os.path.splitext(name)
	outputFile = fileName+".mp4"

	# wholeTag['href'] gives the value of the href attribute
	downloadUrl = wholeTag['href']

	w = open('downloader.sh', 'a')
	w.write('wget -c -O \"%s\" \"%s\"\n' % (outputFile, downloadUrl))
	w.close()
exit()

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Saving YouTube Videos from Firefox Cache

This was first posted in my old, dead blog Jazzed Up! on Mar 24, 2008 1:44 PM

This article tells your how to download videos, not only from YouTube, but also from other video sharing sites using Firefox. I’ll be considering only YouTube here. The procedure will be the same for any streaming media.

Note (07 Jul, 2009): Though this is a very cool trick, right now, I personally use Internet Download Manager with it's integrated browser add-ons for downloading embedded stuff (including flash, videos and audio).

Note for linux users: See this comment by Binny V A

Step 1: Go to YouTube and play the video you want to download.

Step 2: After the video has loaded, open a new tab (Ctrl + T) or a new Firefox window and type

about:cache

in the address bar.

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