Software for Web Scraping

There are many web data extraction applications and some cloud services available and they vary widely in cost and features. Here weíve 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.

Scraping with free or paid proxies – what is the difference?

Anything free always sounds appealing. And we are often ready to go an extra mile to avoid expenses if we can. But is it a good idea to choose the free option when it comes to using proxies for data scraping? Or should you stick to the paid ones for better results?

Let’s weigh all the pros and cons to see why you should consider using residential IP providers like Infatica, Luminati, NetNut, Geosurf and others.

Crawling web pages with Netpeak Spider in conjunction with NetNut and GeoSurf proxies

Agree, it’s hard to overestimate the importance of information – “Master of information, master of situation”. Nowadays, we have everything to become a “master of situation”. We have all needed tools like spiders and parsers that could scrape various data from websites. Today we will consider scraping the Amazon with a web spider equipped with proxy services.

JavaScript rendering library for scraping javascript sites

Can you imagine how many scraping instruments are at our service? Though it has a long history, scraping has at last become a multi-lingual and simple approach. Unfortunately, there is a list of non-trivial tasks which can’t be resolved in a snap.

One of these tasks is scraping javascript sites, those that output data using JavaScript. Facing this task, classic scrapers (not all of them though) ignore JS-data and continue their own life-cycle. However, when this little defect becomes a big trouble, developers all over the world take measures. And they did it! Today we consider one of the most awesome tools which scrapes JS-generated data – Splash.

Web scraping with JavaScript

Is it possible to scrape an HTML page with JavaScript from inside of a web browser?

To be perfectly honest I wasn’t sure so I decided to try it out.

Full disclaimer here, I didn’t actually succeed. However, it was a great learning experience for me and I think you guys could benefit from seeing what I did and where I went wrong. Who knows, maybe you can take what I’ve done and figure it out for yourself!

Content Grabber with free proxy account integration for business directories scrape

Professional data extraction requires adequate proxying to keep anonymity of scraping robots. When attempting to extract large data sets (over 1M records, ex. business directories) reliable and fast proxy service is needed.

Sequentum has released the Nohodo proxy service integration for Content Grabber. Nohodo provides a free account for Content Grabber users (up to 5000 requests monthly for free). The feature is available for both trial users and regular customers. Here’s how it works…

import.io’s New Scraping Process and Features


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.

Scraping software, services and plugins sum up

scraping-software-services-sum-upSince we have already reviewed classic web harvesting software, we want to sum up some other scraping services and crawlers, scrape plugins and other scrape related tools.

Web scraping is a sphere that can be applied to a vast variety of fields, and in turn it can require other technologies to be involved. SEO needs scrape. Proxying is one of the methods which can help you to stay masked while doing much web data extraction. Crawling is another sub-technology indispensable in scrape for unordered information sources. Data refining follows the scrape, so as to deal with the unavoidable inconsistency of harvested data.
In addition, we will consider fast scrape tools, making our life better, and some services and handy scrapers which enable us to obtain freshly extracted data or images.