The 10 Best Rotating Proxy Services For Web Scraping

Updated 2018-10-11 By Dan Ni
Web scraping can be difficult, particularly when most popular sites put heavy restrictions on access from certain IP addresses. In order to properly scrape most popular sites, developers should use IP rotation services in order to avoid unnecessary downtime, particularly when running scrapers in data centers, where IP addresses are often blacklisted from visiting popular sites on the consumer internet. Here are 10 popular IP rotation services among web scraping developers right now.

1. Scraper API

Website: https://www.scraperapi.com/

Review: Scraper API is a tool for developers building web scrapers, it handles proxies, browsers, and CAPTCHAs so developers can get the raw HTML from any website with a simple API call. It doesn't burden you with managing your own proxies, it manages its own internal pool of over a hundred thousand U.S. based proxies from a dozen different proxy providers, and has smart routing logic that routes requests through different subnets and automatically throttles requests in order to avoid IP bans and CAPTCHAs. Web scraping has never been this easy!

2. Geosurf

Website: https://www.geosurf.com/

Review: Geosurf offers premium residential proxies at premium prices. It charges between $8 and $15 per GB of bandwidth depending on which plan you select, with plans starting at $300/month. This is one of the instances where you get what you pay for, the quality of the proxies is quite high even for harder to scrape websites.

3. Luminati

Website: https://luminati.io/

Review: Luminati boasts a large pool of proxies, allowing users to select mobile, residential, or data center proxies. It claims to be able to support unlimited concurrent requests, and has IPs in every country. The price of this flexibility is fairly steep, as Luminati charges bandwidht prices that range from $12.5 per GB to $5 per GB. Still, for hard to scrape websites, it's hard to beat this selection.

4. Blazing Proxies

Website: https://blazingseollc.com

Review: Blazing proxies lives up to its name with fast, cheap rotating proxies, at just over $2 per backconnect proxy per month. Blazing proxies allows for rotation once every 10 minutes, and provides unmetered bandwidth with speeds up to 1 Gb/s. While their proxy pool is much smaller than other providers with only 8000 proxies at any given time, and many of their proxies are banned from popular websites, you can't argue with the speed and price!

5. Microleaves

Website: https://microleaves.com/

Review: Microleaves boasts the world's largest pool of residential proxies, with over 26 million in its pool at any given time. Better yet, they have no limits on bandwidth like many residential proxy providers. They allow rotating proxies every 5 minutes, which is faster than many other backconnect proxy providers. However, this service comes with quite a hefty price tag at $5 per proxy per month for worldwide proxies, and $10 per proxy per month for U.S. based proxies.

6. Proxy Mesh

Website: https://proxymesh.com/

Review: Proxy Mesh provides proxies that rotate through a number of IP addresses every day (the number depends on the plan you select, with plans ranging from 20 IP addresses per day to 220 IP addresses per day). Unlike other services on this list, Proxy Mesh does charge for bandwidth, with prices ranging from $1 per GB to $0.10 per GB. However, its proxy pool is generally quite clean and can work well for hard to scrape websites.

7. Proxy Rain

Website: https://www.proxyrain.com/

Review: Proxy Rain leases proxies from other networks, and routes requests through IPs in a way to avoid IP bans. While it boasts easy transparent pricing similar to Scraper API and Crawlera, its prices are not particularly competitive. However, the quality is what you'd expect from a 20 year industry veteran like Brian Long.

8. Crawlera

Website: https://scrapinghub.com/crawlera

Review: Crawlera bills itself as the world's first smart proxy, routing requests through its internal proxy network in a way to avoid IP bans. Crawlera has some issues with slowness and being blocked from popular sites as a result of it's relatively small pool of proxies, but it is priced competitively and integrates nicely with other ScrapingHub offerings.

9. Intoli

Website: https://intoli.com/

Review: Intoli is a smart proxy service boasting a large pool of residential proxies. It automatically rotates proxies on each HTTP request, but also allows you to reuse the same proxy if you desire, and can also use a headless browser to render dynamic javascript pages for you. Pricing starts at $20/month for 5GB of bandwidth, with additional data available in 5GB increments for $20. Failed requests are automatically retried, and they use intelligent routing algorithms to avoid detection.

10. ResidentialIPs

Website: https://residentialips.io/

Review: ResidentialIps boasts an impressive proxy pool with over 27 million residential proxies at any given time. They offer backconnect residential proxies (meaning you get a proxy port, and the IP for that port will automatically rotate every 5 minutes) for just $5 per port. They charge $10 per port for their special proxies which allow for geographic targeting all the way down to the city level. They also don't charge for additional bandwidth, which is a nice bonus for people scraping heavier sites!

These are the most popular proxy rotation services out there for web scraping in 2018. Hopefully one of these services is a fit for your web scraping needs. Happy scraping!

Our Story

Having built many web scrapers, we repeatedly went through the tiresome process of finding proxies, setting up headless browsers, and solving CAPTCHAs. That's why we decided to start Scraper API, it handles all of this for you so you can scrape any page with a simple API call!