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JAVA, Selenium, headless Chrome, JSoup to scrape data of the web

In this post we share with you how to perform web scraping of a JS-rendered website. The tools as seen in the header are JAVA with Selenium library driving headless Chrome instances (download driver) and JSoup as parser to fetch data of the acquired HTML.

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Octoparse Alternatives

Let me tell you what you already know! Octoparse is a great web scraping tool! But like every great tool, it’s got its limitations. At times, you may wonder if there are any alternatives to Octoparse. We wondered the same and put together this blog to provide you a short list of Octoparse alternatives along with their features and distinguishing factors. Let’s get started!

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Handy Web Extractor

Handy Web ExtractorHandy Web Extractor is a simple tool for everyday web content monitoring. It will periodically download the web page, extract the necessary content and display it in the window on your desktop. One may consider it as the data extraction software, taking its own nitch in the scraping software and plugins.

It’s totally free and available for download.

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What is Crawlera?

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.

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Using DOMXPath for parsing page content in PHP

The DOMXPath class is a convenient and popular means to parse HTML content with XPath.
After I’ve done a simple PHP/cURL scraper using Regex some have reasonably mentioned a request for a more efficient scrape with XPath. So, instead of parsing the content with Regex, I used DOMXPath class methods.

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Python LinkedIn downloader

We’ve done the Linkedin scraper that downloades the free study courses. They include text data, exercise files and 720HD videos. The code does not represent the pure Linkedin scraper, a business directory data extractor. Yet, you might grasp the main thoughts and useful techniques for your Linkedin scraper development.

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Crawler vs Scraper vs Parser

In the post we share the differences between Crawler, Scraper and Parser.

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OutWit Hub Review

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 (sift by scrapers). The program is apt to browse over links on pages, so this feature works well if multiple chains web scraping is required. UPDATE: OutWit Hub 4.0 is released!

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Meet new OutWit Hub 4.0!

OutWit Hub LogoLike every year, OutWit just released a major upgrade of its extraction program OutWit Hub. This version brings a number of interesting new features and some of them I’m going to cover in this post.

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FMiner Review

FMiner is another data extraction tool which has been on the market already for 5 years. Let’s see what features allow it to survive in the tough competitive struggle we have in the web scraping world.