January 10, 2010

Python - Lookup Google PageRank Score

Here is a Python module for getting the PageRank of a site from Google. It uses the Google Toolbar 3.0.x/4.0.x Pagerank Checksum Algorithm.

The code is here:


You can import it as a module and use its get_pagerank(url) method to lookup the PageRank of a URL from your Python code.

For example:

#!/usr/bin/env python

import pagerank

rank = pagerank.get_pagerank('http://www.google.com')
print rank

* note: only use this within Google's terms of service


Dimitris Leventeas said...

Try to avoid except Exception: (word pun intended).

def get_pagerank(url):
import urllib

hsh = check_hash(hash_url(url))
gurl='http://www.google.com/search?client=navclient-auto&' +\
'features=Rank:&q=info:%s&ch=%s' % (urllib.quote(url), hsh)
print gurl
f = urllib.urlopen(gurl)
rank = f.read()
rank = rank.strip()
rank = rank[9:]
rank = int(rank)
except ValueError:
rank = 0

rank = str(rank)

return rank

Douglas Sims said...

Neat. I wanted to be able to call it from command line so I added:

import sys

and then replaced your "if name is main" with this:

if __name__ == '__main__':
if len(sys.argv)>1:

print 'The page rank of %s is %s' % (site, pr)

Anonymous said...

Cool, thanks

Anonymous said...


Was easy to use. This is the first thing that I have ever run in Python.

Dustin said...

Awesome. Just what I was looking for. Thanks for sharing!

hiu said...

This is very useful for me, thanks for shared.. :D

Alvin Mites said...

Thank you for publishing this function. Was just about to start analyzing the GoogleToolbar when I found your code repo at GoogleCode. Saves me bunches of time *grin*

Inversiones en oro said...

Was easy to use. This is the first thing that I have ever run in Python.

Alex said...

Many thanks. That Python module is really handy.

mrpringle said...

Your code was returning a google error page so I reimplemented WWW:Google:PageRank perl module in python.

Here is my solution for getting the google page rank. The script also supports getting the Alexa traffic rank.

Corey Goldberg said...


my code is a few years old, and not surprisingly goog changed something since.

your rank_provider.py looks really nice. Are you going to package it for PyPI? If not, I'd be happy to help or do it for you. let me know


mrpringle said...

Hi Corey,

Sounds like a good idea. I will look into it today.