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ImdbCelebrity – A new rubygem for parsing celebritydata from

Last week I was working on my scrapper for getting Imdb Celebrity data for some specific purpose. Then, I searched for some available plugin or gem for the same. More surprisingly I was not able to find something what I’m looking for. Then, one idea stuck in my mind, why not create one of my own. Then I started working on this small rubygem named “imdb_celebrity”. You can see the public repository of the gem on github imdb celebrity. Also gem is hosted on GemCutter as well.

Imdb_celebrity is a ruby-gem which is used for scrapping celebrity pages from . You can install imdb_celebrity as

  gem install imdb_celebrity

With current initial release we can search a celebrity with name or we can fetch content for a celebrity with given IMDB id or/and name, by specifying which parser we want to use. Right now we support Hpricot and Nokogiri as parser classes.


require ‘imdb_celebrity’

** searching a celebrity

imdb_celebs =“Brad Pitt”) imdb_celebs.celebrities

# this will return array of celebrity objects.

Also you can define the ParserClass which u wanna use [ right now you have choice of using either Nokogiri or Hpricot], as

imdb_celebs =“Brad Pitt”, “NokogiriParser”)

#by default it will be HpricotParser imdb_celebs.celebrities

** Fetching data for celebrity celeb =“0000093”, “brad pitt”) # give 7 digit imdbid number


=> it will give you the type of parser class it using


=> will give you the public methods of ImdbCelebrity::Celebrity class only

celeb.to_s => will return an array of celebrity data items containing name, real_name, biography, nationality, height, url.


* Hpricot gem should be installed.

* Nokogiri gem should be installed.