Web Scraping Software

Reviews, Tests, Tutorials, Ratings and Comparisons of Web Scraping Programs and Services

Import.Io Magic Method API

Recently Import.io introduced a new extraction technique called Magic. The Magic scraping method works be attempting to scrape all the information off the page automatically and in one shot. We covered it in another post early last year. When we covered it back then, we noted a few issues:

  • The scraper only works on pages with more than one row of data like a search results page, category pages and etc.
  • It seems to have trouble with some javascript pages.

But now Import.io has released a second version of Magic which seems to have dealt with those obstacles. Not only that, but they have released an API for Magic that lets you see what’s going on behind the scenes. more…

Turn any interactive website into an API with ParseHub

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Anyone should be able to pull data from the web and access it in the format they want. If a website does not have an API available, scraping is one of the only options to get the data you need. But figuring out how to scrape data in the complicated HTML is a pain.

ParseHub is a new web browser extension that you can use to turn any dynamic and poorly structured website into an API, without writing code. ParseHub is a scraping tool that is designed to work on websites with JavaScript and Ajax; it is similar to web scraping tools such as Import.io and Kimono Labs.
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What is Crawlera?

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Crawlera by Scraping Hub

I came across this tool a few weeks ago, and wanted to share it with you. So far I have not tested it myself, but it is a simple concept- Safely download web pages without the fear of overloading websites or getting banned. You write a crawler script using scruping hub, and they will run through there IP proxies and take care of the technical problems of crawling. more…

Review: import.io’s New Scraping Process and Features

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Web scraping Data platform import.io, announced last week that they have secured $3M in funding from investors that include the founders of Yahoo! and MySQL.

They also released a new beta version of the tool that is essentially a better version of their extraction tool, with some new features and a much cleaner and faster user experience. more…

Import.io Enter the Enterprise DaaS Market

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Recently, import.io (a free scraping online tool) announced that they are adding another way to get data from the web: they’ll build it for you. This new “Data as a Service” program is targeted at businesses and organizations who need data, but don’t have the time or resources to devote to using the import.io tool to build it themselves. For these clients, import will curate custom datasets based on their specific requirements as well as develop custom data implementation solutions based on the organization’s in-house software. more…

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