Octoparse is a cloud-based web data extraction platform that can pull relevant information from almost any type of website. It enables users from a variety of industries to scrape unstructured data and save it in the format of their choice, including Excel, plain text and HTML.
Users can click an element on a web page to select the type of data to extract. Octoparse allows users to run multiple extraction tasks simultaneously. Tasks can be scheduled to run at regular intervals, or they can be run in real time.
Users can also scrape product comments and reviews and social media channels to gain insight into consumer sentiment.
Octoprase has two modes of operation: Wizard mode and Advanced mode. Wizard mode provides users step-by-step instructions to extract data, while Advanced mode provides advanced features for more complicated web pages.
A free version is available, or users can upgrade to the Standard or Professional editions. Upgraded versions offer extra features such as additional concurrent tasks and priority support.
Claire from Vision Skieer Ltd.
I like Octoparse cloud service best. It allows me to schedule my task and run at regular time, thus I could get the updated data automatically every day.
Also, it has strong functions to extract different kinds of websites, which is really brilliant.
The pricing is acceptable compared to other data extraction tools, no matter to say that it provides discounts for journalism.
It would take you a little time to start your first task. But with the help of its detailed tutorials, you could finally make it.
Cindy from CUHK
I use Octoparse to extract the comments on Twitter for my academic research. It did really help as you just need to make a simple crawler to extract the data online automatically. Though at first I didn't have any idea on how to make a crawler, I finally made it with the help of the detailed tutorials and support team.
The free version is quite powerful since it could scrape almost every website. But I need the CLOUD SERVICE to schedule the tasks to run every day to get the updated data. That's why I choose the premium plan. With the great discounts offered specially for academic research, it's not a problem to afford that for us students.
It couldn't solve the Captcha problem on cloud service and I had to do that in local machine if I want to extract such kind of websites.
Andy from ProCraft Cabinetry
Octoparse is really a great data extraction tool to scrape product information online. As a e-commerce owner, I need to keep an eye on price. With the help of Octoparse cloud service, I just need to make a simple crawler(no coding needed actually) to extract the product price and then schedule the crawler to run every day automatically to get the updated data. It really saves me a lot of time and the extracted data helps me make a wise strategy. That's why I choose the premium plan despite of the powerful function of the free plan.
Furthermore, Octoparse now is offering great discounts for new users and give continuous support to the old users. It is really worth a try.
Some websites need to modify the XPath if you want to exactly get the data you want. This would be a little difficult for me at first. But with the help of abundant tutorials and XPath tool, I finally got it!
Bepa from TCL
Employees number: 5,001-10,000 employees
I'm a Sales manager and have to deal with massive profiles of customer. Every info was unstructured data and was hard to read through, which caused much headache. That was a luck a friend introduced Octoparse to me, a great web scraping tool, it boosted much of my work efficiency, and my team succeeding in exceeding sales target. Great software! Great Help!
Yue from Duke
I like Octoparse Cloud Service most. I need to update the data every day and the cloud service enables me to schedule the crawlers run daily on Octoparse cloud servers automatically without having to keep my computer on. This really save me a lot of time and help me get a lot of original data online for my academic research.
Besides, I do appreciate they offer great discounts for us students. It is really helpful to me.
Sometimes the support replied a little late. It would be better if they could reply a little earlier.
Summer from ZJU
Octoparse helps me to extract some heath care information online, which is quite helpful to my research. At first I was usually suck in some websites, like pagination, scrolling-down, but the tutorials help me a lot to figure out the problem and I finally succeeded in getting the data I want.
Besides, I do appreciate Octoparse support team. They did help me a lot.
The cost is a bit expensive. But luckily, they offer great discounts to students now. And I hope the premium plan could also deal with the Captcha one day.
Yue from WHU
Octoparse is able to extract almost every website. With the powerful XPath selector, it could specify locate the items that I want to scrape. Besides, there are plenty of tutorials available online to help me quickly master Octoparse. It's really very helpful.
Compared to other web scraping tools, the price is relatively acceptable. But if you think it's too expensive, you could also choose the free one, whose function is also very powerful.
It couldn't extract the images directly. It could only extract the URLs of the images and I have to use other application to download the images.
Yukshin from University of Sydney
I am a postgraduate, and I got many essays and researches. All of these require mass of data, then Octoparse gave me a big hand on this. Strongly recommended!
Not so easy to use
Timohu from USAEDU
Employees number: 201-500 employees
Nice and clean interface, the work flow panel is simple and user friendly. Ease of Use.
Customer support doesn't reply instantly, though they solve problems later, it's annoying sometimes.
Stephanie from Permasteelisagroup
Employees number: 501-1,000 employees
Point-and-Click interface. this feature makes me feel arranged while I'm using Octoparse, it's clear to see which step I am in, and what step should I do next.
Customer Support. the customer supports dont reply instantly, sometimes it takes hours to reply my e-mails.
Alle from CO-WISE
Comparing to other popular extractors, the price is very worthy, and its functions work very well, fulfill my needs with a lower price.
Though it doesnt need to code, but it requires a series of tutorials before I got started. It's a good thing it didn't take so long.
Marco from United International College
Octoparse is a great web scraping tool. It's free to code, and its tutorials r quite easy to understand. Year 3 student life got no spare time, Octoparse helps me save some time extracting data.
It's quite expensive, but I bought it in a discount price so I think this purchase is perfect. Highly recommended!
Johnson from fiberhome
Never knew data extraction could be such an easy thing before I discovered Octoparse. It fulfills the functions I expected, I can easily obtain data I wish now.
I have not do any comparison with other brands, Octoparse was the first web scraping tool I ever used. If there were any con I would say it's that the websites claim users do not need to code, but users still need to learn a bunch of tutorials before use.
Lier from Juanpi
Employees number: 1,001-5,000 employees
I don't need to use most of my work time on collecting data on websites, I can use this software to do the job instead. I can have my other works done simultaneously.
It's easy to use, and its point-and-click interface is very easy to understand! Also, it is very functional. Great improvement on my efficiency!!
Price is not so pleasant, but I think it is quite worthy, since it improves much of my efficiency!!!
Kimberly from Byfunds
Employees number: 51-200 employees
I collect customers profile and analyze ones willingness of buying funds.
It is very easy to use and you don¿t need to have any experience on web scraping before. No need to code, tutorials are easy to understand, that helps much for some laymen like me!
Nothing much, but my computer becomes laggy when I used Octoparse. The Octoparse supports said that it will get better when the next version comes out.
Richard from Pingyan Multimodal Corporate Limited
Employees number: 1,001-5,000 employees
Very functional! I can scrape almost any data on web with this software! Save massive time for me looking through customers' profiles!
The original price is a bit high, but recently I noticed there are some discounts on Octoparse's website.
Howard from Self-Employed
Employees number: 1 employee
After searching and searching for a data-service. I couldn't quite fine one that would meet my needs. Then came Octoparse. At first I was hesitant to use. However after watching several tutorials. I could tell the Octoparse team spent alot of time making it easy to use. Octoparse is an extremely powerful tool that has optimized and pushed our data scraping efforts to the next level. I would recommend this service to anyone. The price for the value provides a large return on the investment. For the free version, which works great, you can run at least 10 tasks at a time. However, these tasks are ran simultaneously in the background of the computer application. In my opinion buying any of the plans that allow you to use the cloud interface is very helpful and provides a good bit of flexibity. You can close out of the application and know that Octoparse is running on a server somewhere. My favorite feature is the multi-export options that are provided (csv, microsoft excel old & new, TXT, html). Octoparse doesn't require you to have any knowledge of coding which is helpful. However, knowing simple x-code shortcuts makes Octoparse even more powerful because you can create your own custom script that will run based on your need. The walkthrough tutorials when you first start I think is what really changes the game for Octoparse.
Every once in a while. I have issues with Octoparse shutting down or troubles exporting. However, Octoparse support is super quick and reliable. The bill payment is very trustworthy as well. Octoparse also offers proxy capabilities, and the ability to turn off images to speed up the process. Another addition in the cloud settings is the ability to denote and categorize tasks based on its status. I know this may seem like a no-brainer feature. However it is super helpful to know the status or time of when multiple tasks will be completed so I can plan the extraction. I have heard great things about the API capabilities, however I haven't had time to figure it out. Next on my list. All in all Octoparse offers a wide range of features and I'm happy to have used it.
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Andy from Koillis-suomen puu LTD
Employees number: 501-1,000 employees
The software is much easier to use, visually appealing, and on going customer support as well as tutorials have been created with the user in mind. Octoparse Web Scraper
Experience: I have been looking professional web scraper for about two months now. I did try so many software's. Some was hidden mist! Most did not work at all. Then I did end up to get Octoparse web scraper! Wau! That cloud base software was exactly what I was looking for! This software really works. Software works even with some of the complex website. I definitely recommend! I use Octoparse on a daily basis and at my organization. there is no smoother way of web scraping! The software has never given me any issues. I think nobody can find better software to scrape data from web. Software It works exactly as expected. Octoparse is easy to use interface no experience scrapping websites is needed - but can do a lot. Octoparse software It has enabled me to ingest a large number of data point and focus my time on statistical analysis vs. data collection. It has safe me some much time! Same jobs would take me hours before and now data is collected in few minutes! When I need a quick way to grab structured web data, Octoparse software will be my first choice.
easy to use.
It could be much cheaper, but it is good software!
K from NicsDataEntryServices.Com
I have used octoparse for a client a couple of months ago, and I LOVED IT. I loved it enough to try it again for my business. I own a small virtual data entry business, I normally have real estate clients. So with octoparse a 7 Hours Job is cut down to 2 hours!!! I Kid You Not. I would definitely recommend this company to anyone that scrapes data for a living, it will cut down on hours and make your clients happy. I cannot wait to try the PRO Version of it.
M from Streets Ahead Property
Employees number: 2-10 employees
I have used octoparse for a few months to gather property data in the UK. The free version worked well and was easy to use for someone with no technical experience. I liked that I could click at the information that I would like to be scraped. I found it could be a bit slow as it works on my local machine (so relying on a slow computer for me), however, the paid accounts work in the cloud which is great. It works quickly, and is great to just set up and leave. Much more cost effective than hiring somebody to do data entry work manually and can be easily set up and leave to work as it works in the cloud. It is easy to download the scraped data and opens easily in excel. I would recommend this product if you want an easy to use web scraping product and do not have too much technological expertise.