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How to find out that website is Distil protected?

Given: a webpage to scrape.
If you inspect the DOM tree of that page you will find that quite a few tags are having the keyword dist. As an example:

  • <link rel="shortcut icon" type="image/x-icon" href="/wcsstore/ColesResponsiveStorefrontAssetStore/dist/30e70cfc76bf73d384beffa80ba6cbee/img/favicon.ico">
  • <link rel="stylesheet" href="/wcsstore/ColesResponsiveStorefrontAssetStore/dist/30e70cfc76bf73d384beffa80ba6cbee/css/google/fonts-Source-Sans-Pro.css" type="text/css" media="screen">

and here:

  • 'appDir': '/wcsstore/ColesResponsiveStorefrontAssetStore/dist/30e70cfc76bf73d384beffa80ba6cbee/app'

The presence of the term dist is a clear indication that the website is protected by Bot Management service provider Distil Networks and the navigation by ChromeDriver gets detected and subsequently blocked.

You might be interesting to get acquainted with the anti-Distil service.

Distil characteristics (to be added)

Let’s list down the characteristics of Distil managing the website content and preventing from automated scraping. )

Ways out to crawl the Distil protected site (to be added)

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