This is a huge milestone for all you Scrapy users (and those who haven’t used Scrapy due to the lack of Python 3). Scrapy veterans and new adopters will soon be able to move their entire stack to Python 3 once the release becomes stable. Keep in mind that since this a release candidate, it is not ready to be used in production.
In addition to Python 3 support, Scrapy 1.1.0rc1 includes a lot of enhancements and bug fixes:
This beta release includes some limitations for Python 3 (which will not affect Python 2 users):
If you want the full details of all the benefits of this new release, check out the release notes.
And now it’s your turn, Scrapy users! The sooner this is battle-tested, the sooner a stable release comes your way, so please give it a try by installing or upgrading Scrapy via pip:
$ pip install scrapy==1.1.0rc1
We appreciate any feedback or bug reports as they will help a lot in making Python 3 support with Scrapy stable. If you run into any problems, please let us know via the issue tracker. We’re looking forward to releasing the official Scrapy 1.1, so get to experimenting!