install_browser: Install PhantomJS webdriver

Description Usage Arguments Details Value


Download the zip package, unzip it, and copy the executable to a system directory in which webdriver can look for the PhantomJS executable.


install_browser(version = "2.1.1",
  baseURL = "")



The version number of PhantomJS.


The base URL for the location of PhantomJS binaries for download. If the default download site is unavailable, you may specify an alternative mirror, such as "".


This function was designed primarily to help Windows users since it is cumbersome to modify the PATH variable. Mac OS X users may install PhantomJS via Homebrew. If you download the package from the PhantomJS website instead, please make sure the executable can be found via the PATH variable.

On Windows, the directory specified by the environment variable APPDATA is used to store ‘phantomjs.exe’. On OS X, the directory ‘~/Library/Application Support’ is used. On other platforms (such as Linux), the directory ‘~/bin’ is used. If these directories are not writable, the directory ‘PhantomJS’ under the installation directory of the webdriver package will be tried. If this directory still fails, you will have to install PhantomJS by yourself.


NULL (the executable is written to a system directory).

Rcrawler documentation built on May 2, 2019, 3:42 a.m.