Re: fetch content from google results

Roland de Ruiter <>
Sun, 28 Sep 2008 15:18:24 +0200
On 28-9-2008 9:56, prabesh shrestha wrote:

I need to fetch the url and little description that google provides
when we search something.I found a way to fetch the content form the
websites but that didn't worked with google search.I am initiation the
project conceptual search.

Are you using a HttpURLConnection to perform the search?

When connecting to Google (or any other server), Java's implementation
of HttpURLConnection identifies itself by default with "Java/1.6.0_07"
as User-Agent request header (or similar, depending on which version of
Java is installed).

Google checks for the User-Agent request header and rejects requests
issued by unsupported browsers/user-agents, including "Java/1.6.0_07".

However, if you set the User-Agent request header of the
HttpURLConnection to a value used by a modern browser (e.g. Internet
Explorer, Firefox or Safari), you should be able to obtain the results
of the Google search.

Example program:


public class GoogleSearch {

     // User Agent value of Internet Explorer 7 on Windows XP
     public final static String UA_IE7 =
        "Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; MSIE 7.0; Windows NT 6.0; en-US)";

     public static void main(String[] args) throws Exception {

         // Create search URL
         URL searchURL =
             new URL("");

         // Open connection
         HttpURLConnection httpConnection =
             (HttpURLConnection) searchURL.openConnection();

         // Set User-Agent request header
         httpConnection.setRequestProperty("User-Agent", UA_IE7);

         // HTTP response code (200 means success)

         // Open input stream on the search result page
         InputStream searchResultStream =
         // TODO: process search result stream



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