The 10 Best Web Scraping Tools of 2019

Published 2019-03-17 By The Scraper API Team
Web scraping, web crawling, and any other form of web data extraction can be complicated. Between obtaining the correct page source, to parsing the source correctly, rendering javascript, and obtaining data in a usable form, there's a lot of work to be done. Different users have very different needs, and there are tools out there for all of them, people who want to build web scrapers without coding, developers who want to build web crawlers to crawl large sites, and everything in between. Here is our list of the 10 best web scraping tools on the market right now, from open source projects to hosted SAAS solutions to desktop software, there is sure to be something for everyone looking to make use of web data!

1. Scraper API

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

Who is this for: 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.

Why you should use it: 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 hundreds of thousands of 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. With special pools of proxies for scraping Amazon and other ecommerce listings, Google and other search engine results, Yelp and other review sites, and Twitter and Facebook and other social media sites, web scraping has never been this easy!

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2. Octoparse

Website: https://www.octoparse.com/

Who is this for: Octoparse is an incredibly powerful tool for building web scrapers without coding. It is used for price monitoring, lead generation, marketing, and research.

Why you should use it: Octoparse is dead simple to use, just point and click at the web data you want to extract and it will open a website in the built-in browser and use its advanced machine learning algorithms to extract all the relevant data for you. It has many handy features such as automatic IP rotation and handling infinite scroll. In addition, it has a generous free tier!

3. Luminati

Website: https://luminati.io/

Who is this for: Luminati is an enterprise grade proxy provider created to help developers scrape extremely hard to scrape sites.

Why you should use it: Luminati boasts a large pool of proxies, allowing users to select mobile, datacenter, or residential 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. Smartproxy

Who is this for: Smartproxy is an up and coming proxy provider designed for reliability and ease of use especially for startup developers.

Website: https://smartproxy.io

Why you should use it: Smartproxy has over 10 million rotating residential proxies with location targeting and flexible pricing. They offer all sorts of niceties like rotating sessions, random IPs, geo-targeting, sticky sessions, and more. They allow for unlimited connections and threads, charging by bandwidth (between $3 and $15 per GB depending on volume). They also offer a 99% SLA with low failure rates and 24/7 technical support with a 5 minute response time.

5. ParseHub

Website: https://www.parsehub.com/

Who is this for: Parsehub is a data extraction tool for building web scrapers without coding. It is used by over a thousand happy customers including analysts, journalists, data scientists and everyone in between. It is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux.

Why you should use it: Parsehub is dead simple to use, you can build web scrapers simply by clicking on the data that you want. It then exports the data in JSON or Excel format. It has many handy features such as automatic IP rotation, allowing scraping behind login walls, going through dropdowns and tabs, getting data from tables and maps, and much much more. In addition, it has a generous free tier, allowing users to scrape up to 200 pages of data in just 40 minutes!

6. Diffbot

Website: https://www.diffbot.com

Who is this for: Enterprises who who have specific web scraping needs.

Why you should use it: Diffbot is different from most web scraping tools out there in that it uses computer vision (instead of html parsing) to identify relevant information on a page. This means that even if the HTML structure of a page changes, your web scrapers will not break as long as the page looks the same visually. This is an incredible feature for long running mission critical web scraping jobs.

7. Beautiful Soup

Website: https://www.crummy.com/software/BeautifulSoup/

Who is this for: Python developers who just want an easy interface to parse HTML, and don't necessarily need the power and complexity that comes with Scrapy.

Why you should use it: Like Cheerio for NodeJS developers, Beautiful Soup is by far the most popular HTML parser for Python developers. It's been around for over a decade now and is extremely well documented, with many tutorials on using it to scrape various website in both Python 2 and Python 3.

8. Puppeteer

Website: https://github.com/GoogleChrome/puppeteer

Who is this for: Puppeteer is a headless Chrome API for NodeJS developers who want very granular control over their scraping activity.

Why you should use it: As an open source tool, Puppeteer is completely free. It is well supported and actively being developed and backed by the Google Chrome team itself. It is quickly replacing Selenium and PhantomJS as the default headless browser automation tool. It has a well thought out API, and automatically installs a compatible Chromium binary as part of its setup process, meaning you don't have to keep track of browser versions yourself.

9. Content Grabber

Website: http://www.contentgrabber.com/

Who is this for: Enterprises looking to build robust, large scale web data extraction agents.

Why you should use it: Content Grabber provides end to end service, offering knowledgeable experts to develop custom web data extraction solutions for experts. In addition, they offer training and implementation services, as well as the ability to host their solutions on premise.

10. Mozenda

Website: https://www.mozenda.com/

Who is this for: Enterprises looking for a cloud based self serve web scraping platform need look no further. With over 7 billion pages scraped, Mozenda has experience in serving enterprise customers from all around the world.

Why you should use it: Mozenda allows enterprise customers to run web scrapers on their robust cloud platform. They set themselves apart with the customer service (providing both phone and email support to all paying customers). Its platform is highly scalable and will allow for on premise hosting as well.

The open web is by far the greatest global repository for human knowledge, there is almost no information that you can't find through extracting web data. This list of tools will help you take advantage of this information for your own projects and businesses. 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!