Software for Web Scraping

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There are many web data extraction applications and some cloud services available and they vary widely in cost and features. Here we’ve summarized them to help you to make your choice. All of these programs and services have been either tested by us or have been in general use for web ripping. We hope these brief overviews and the following reviews will help you to choose a best web scraper for your purposes.

 

 Visual Web Ripper is the most feature-inclusive extraction tool to work with in the modern web environment. It works well for most tricky tasks, as well as working steadily for common extraction projects. It’s kind of easy to master for an inexperienced web user. Yet, for extra functionality or difficult cases, one needs to bring in some special techniques (i.e., XPath, Regex, programming scripts).
The cost is $299 including one year of maintenance.

Helium Scraper is a well-developed data ripper suited for multiple purposes. It’s able to scrape with less structured data because of the advanced association algorithm. Multiple format data export is well arranged. Another remarkable feature is the access to online pre-built templates.
The cost starts from $99 for Basic edition up to $699 for Enterprise edition…

OutWit Hub is a software providing simple data extraction without requiring any programming skills or advanced technical knowledge. What impressed me about Outwit Hub is its general approach to data gathering: harvest everything (links, text, images, etc.) and, then, let the user choose what is needed, yet so far it’s not for high-difficulty level scraping.
The Light version is free, while the feature rich Pro version goes for $89.9

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Screen Scraper is a good scraping program for all kinds of scraping, analyzing and packing data, including from dynamic pages. Yet, it takes much time for an inexperienced user to master the techniques. The important thing is that SS can be integrated with other systems, the Java support allowing the writing of serious scripts for large scale projects.
The Basic edition is free, while the commercial version starts from $412.

Web Content Extractor is a tool to get the data you need in “5 clicks”. It works well, if you scrape simple pages with minimum complexity for your private or small enterprise purposes.
The price is a modest $99.

Import•io is a free online web scraper allowing you to scrape various types of data and then organize the extracted information into data sets. It has a modern interface and does event for unexperienced users due to tons of tips and guides that support them during the scraping process.

Kimono is a online web scraping service that allows you to create API for (almost) any website. It has a very simple interface and enables you to not only access your data in JSON, CSV or RSS formats, but even create mobile-targeted web applications and widgets for embedding into other websites.
It’s free while it’s in BETA and after that they will offer several plans from Free to $180.

FMiner depicts the scraping process in a visual way as a diagram and allows you to record macros by navigating the web using the internal web browser. Being written in Python it works with PC and MAC providing such useful features as captcha support, embedded python code, scheduler and email reports.
There is no free edition. The commercial versions start from $168.

Data Extractor by Mozenda is a scraper that runs your scraping projects in clouds. Firstly, you build a project locally using a windows application and then you execute it on the server. The distributed nature of this web ripper works well for large scale scraping and scheduled and concurrent web harvest. Mozenda’s service for selecting items and appending output files fits good for combination of data from multiple sources.
The price starts from $99 per 5000 pages…

WebHarvy Data Extractor is a lightweight, visual, point-to-click scrape tool. It takes minimum time to master and to extract data. This web data extractor does not yet allow scheduling, developers promising to issue a new version with this needed feature.
Its price is $99

Web Data Extractor is a scraping utility, focused to the mass scraping URLs, phones, emails, faxes, META tags as well as body text for the further use of them. It works for the sites as well as for the single files containing URLs.
The product cost varies from $89 till $199 depending on the number of modules/features supported…

Easy Web Extract is visual screen scraper extracting data for business purposes. This data extractor rips desired web content (text, url, image, html) from web pages with minimum effort. One can customize data export formats; HTTP submit form being a unique feature of this screen scraper.
The product price is $69.99 with upgrade cost $19.99

WebSundew data extractor is quick to learn multi-functioning tool embedding  scheduling, Server work, results publishing thru FTP, Database formats support, command line mode. Those above mentioned features available only for Pro and Enterprise editions though.
The cost starts from $69 for Lite edition up to $2499 for Enterprise edition….

Handy Web Extractor is a simple tool for everyday web content monitoring. It periodically downloads the specified web page, extracts the part you need and displays it in a small window on your desktop.
The program is free