Title says it all really, I need a library that allows me to quickly get data out of a HTML page without having to fully implement downloading, redirects, etc. in detail.

Any suggestions?

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    Yepp. I suggest to edit your question and add some more details :) Some background (examples of what you want to achieve) would be helpful, also what should be scraped and what format the output should have. Besides, AFAIK download+redirect-handling is dealt with by file_get_contents() when you pass it the right context. For parsing, you can use the DOM functionality easily (provided the document is not too crappy). I'm doing that for many things, and it's usually just a few lines of code (depending on the amount of data entities to retrieve).
    – Izzy
    Jun 18, 2014 at 9:07

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I would check out Goutte, a simple PHP Web Scraper.

Goutte is a screen scraping and web crawling library for PHP.

Goutte provides a nice API to crawl websites and extract data from the HTML/XML responses.

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