Web Scraping Software

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

Offline Browsing with Web2Disk

Laptop in a planeIn the good old days when dial-up internet was almost the only way to the riches of the Web, and most of the people had to pay for every minute they spent on the Internet, offline browsers were very popular. But even today you may find such software useful, especially if you need to access a website from a place with limited internet connection (e.g. plane). In this article I will tell you about a wonderful piece of software called Web2Disk which can pack a website onto a CD for you to take  wherever you go. more…

Import•io: the First Impression

Import.io logoThere are two extreme approaches for building a web scraper: to make it highly flexible and customizable but understandable for IT gurus only or to make it nice, simple and handy but limited in usage. All scraping software developers usually try to find a golden mean between these two approaches. In this article I want to introduce you to a relatively new startup, import•io, which says that anyone can scrape any data regardless of his or her IT skills. more…

Does HideMyAss’s “Scheduled IP Change” feature really work?

HideMyAss Scheduled IP ChangeHideMyAss proxy service has a wonderful feature called “Scheduled IP Change” that automatically changes your IP address at set time intervals. This may help you greatly if you are trying to scrape a website that may block the IP address you use for scraping. But does this feature work as good as it is stated? Recently we have got the following testimony of one of our visitors: more…

About Proxy Servers

proxyIt’s frequently required to have your actual IP address hidden when doing web scraping or, alternately, to access the website from different counties. That’s why we have anonymizers, also called anonymous proxies. These days, it is possible to find an abundance of proxy software and services. Following is a general summary of the fundamentals of proxy: more…

CyberGhost: a nice freemium proxy

CyberGhost logoAs you scrape information from websites, it’s often necessary to keep your real IP hidden, quickly change your IP or simply access a website from a country that differs from your own. All these tasks are achieved by means of proxies, mediators between you and the target website. Though there are plenty of companies offering such services on the market today, in this post I’ll introduce you to CyberGhost, an affordable and nice looking proxy. more…

Knowledge Walls: manipulation with JSON, XML, CSV and more

Personally, I prefer using online tools for performing quick manipulation on different data formats like JSON, XML, CSV and so on. They’re platform independent and always within reach of my hand (since I mainly work in a browser). After we published an article about 7 best JSON viewers, I was told about Knowledge Walls, a similar service containing many tools for text data manipulation. more…

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