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How I built An Audio Reader CLI App In Python

How I built An Audio Reader CLI App In Python

I used Pyttsx3, Beautiful Soup & Requests To Achieve This

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Ronnie Atuhaire
Oct 7, 2021

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So I wanted to listen to some articles instead of reading them while I am doing some work. Yeah, multitasking...

image.png And I thought about building my own audio reader because I like building my own programs nowadays given the python skills I have on top of Python's huge library.

Let's Get Started

An Audio Reader App is basically text to speech translator and there are tons of apps out there you could get, some are freemium & others premium.


pyttsx3 - Text-to-speech x-platform
requests -Make HTTP requests to any API in the world
bs4 -Pulling data out of HTML and XML files

Let's build it together:

I created an file on my desktop
Import dependencies

import pyttsx3
import requests
from bs4 import BeautifulSoup

Main Engine Initialising :

engine = pyttsx3.init('sapi5')

The init command helps to get a reference to a pyttsx3.Engine instance.
It takes a parameter which is a driverName sapi5

Some of the pyttsx3.drivers module to load and use currently are:
sapi5 - SAPI5 on Windows
nsss - NSSpeechSynthesizer on Mac OS X
espeak - eSpeak on every other platform
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Voice Getter & Setter

# Get voices list property from the engine
voices = engine.getProperty('voices')

# setting voice to the first one in the list(female)
engine.setProperty('voice', voices[0].id)

Create a function to handle audio output

def speak(audio):

The say() queues a command to speak an utterance.
The runAndWait() blocks while processing all currently queued commands.

Get Article URL from user input

url = str(input("Paste article URL : \n"))
print("\n -------------------------------")

# Get text using requests
data = requests.get(url).text

# print(data) -> This outputs html markup

Test URL: Freecode Camp Link

Getting the soup {text} from the html page(data)

soup = BeautifulSoup(data,'html.parser')
article = soup.get_text()


And the golden pie . Let's get our audio


# If you want to save the speech as an audio file
engine.save_to_file(article, 'article.mp3')


The mp3 is saved at the end of the program & is located in the cwd .

Github Repo: Audio Reader App

Watch Video Implementation: Audio Reader App


That's It you have built your own audio reader in just a few lines of python using only three libraries. My challenge to you will be: find a way how to implement audio sync with text being logged out in the console to match line by line.

Tip: Try to search for time or await or async or anything related to this:

Now I am thinking of the GUI app. I wanna built it too. Stay In touch >>>

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