Do you know that you can scrape data from any website easily and conveniently? There are some of the users who are familiar with the term data scraping and how it works but for those who don’t know what actually is data scraping and how does it works, you don’t worry. I will be explaining about it in detail and will be showing you how to use web scraping tool to get your work done in couple of minutes. Web Scrapping can also be introduced or known as Web Data Extraction, Screen Scraping, Web Harvesting and many more. Basically, this technique is use to extract the information the user requires from that Website and export those data into different format such as Excel, SQL. In this article I will be showing you the easy way to scrape data from website.
You might be having a doubt why we require to scrape the data from the website if we can simply copy the needed information from it. As we all know that most of the website displays its content which we can viewed using web browser but they don’t give us the facility to have a copy of those data for usage. So, if you start copying and pasting the information in your file, it will take a lot of time and you might be feed up to scrape the data but web data extraction technique can help you to get the data in couple of minutes. This technique uses web data scraping tool to complete the task within few minutes.
How to scrape data from website
The best way you can extract the data from the website is by using Octoparse tool. This tool is one of the powerful tool that can make your task really simple and easy. All you need to do and download the tool and proceed as indicated here to capture text from a page. For you better understanding, the process has been shown below.
- First you need to download web scrapping tools Octoparse from here on your computer as mentioned above. As you enter into the main interface, you will see a user-friendly home page. Click on “+ Task” option of Advance Mode to start a new task. Enter the URL of your desired web page in “Extraction URL” section. (You can add more than one URL)
- Next click on “Save URL”. You will be able to see the webpage which will be displayed on built-in browser of the tool.
- Then click on the data you want to capture (You can capture more number of data from the page). As you start clicking on the data, it will be highlighted in green colour. You can even edit the field name by clicking on the pencil icon. Choose “Extract Data” option to finish the data extraction task.
: Make sure to turn on “Workflow” option to see the preview workflow that you design]
Finally, click on “Save and run” option (which you can find on the Action Panel). You can even click on “Start Extraction” to begin the task that is completed.
It was an easy job to extract the desired data from the web page just in few minutes. We can even edit the content that has been extracted. It is life-saving tool that can help one to save time and increase efficiency. You don’t even need to be a programmer to use this tool as the tool is simple and easy, any person can use it.
This articles talk about the simple and easy way to scrape data from website within a fraction of time using the Octoparse tool. Hopefully, you have got a good idea regarding this topic also make a good use of this. Feel Free to comment below if you have any query related to the topic.