Octoparse is a cloud-based web data extraction solution that helps users extract relevant information from various types of websites. It enables users from a variety of industries to scrape unstructured data and save it in different formats 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 collect information on consumer sentiment.
Octoprase's Wizard mode provides users step-by-step instructions to extract data, while the Advanced mode provides advanced features for more complicated web pages.
Octoparse offers services on a monthly subscription basis that includes support via email and through an online knowledge base.
Ron from Sanico Cleaning Solutions
Employees number: 51-200 employees
I like how robust the features of this program are. It is one of the better scrapers I've used to product catalog information.
There is a pretty hefty learning curve for beginners. As an intermediate skilled user of scrapers myself I get what I'm looking for after a couple tries.
Jeremy from Internet
Employees number: 2-10 employees
Just go with another service that has support hours during the business day.
Pretty good set of features. That's all I can say about it.
Company is in China. If you need support you can't get it during the business day in the US. So support is you send one email on monday, they email you overnight, you email them tuesday, it is sooooo slow to make any progress on an issue.
it made lot simple our deployment process to push the changes to different clients at a time.
I liked the tentacles concept that will be useful to push the changes to more than one area/customer.
it works really great to implement CI/CD when working with TeamCity to build your software.
I like the creation of variable to manage different environments to deploy our product.
UI can be more enhanced for better quality.
creation channels needs to be improved.
it would be nice if we have an option to auto email option built in with results of each deployment.
Geoffrey from Sabbatical
Employees number: 11-50 employees
I was manually going through the linkedin sales navigator to check on changes to a saved search I had done. After setting up Octoparse, it grabs all the changes to my saved search and saves them into a google sheet that eliminates a lot of clicks to get to the same information. I also saved a lot of time.
It's a point-and-click software, which takes a while. It was worth it after automating my previously manual process.
Philip from Teleplanning
The ability to set a loop and the ability to automatically repeat the process adds to the level of functionality. Excellent customer support both accurate and timely.
Excel extract should automatically be transposed to provide a useful view for the audience. Creating a new task should be easier.
Ponde from Africa Capacity Alliance
Employees number: 11-50 employees
This is web data extraction made simple and faster. Try it out
It is an outstanding product with very great capabilities especially for research work, and it is prizing is within reach.
It took some time before i was confident of my capabilities to use the App, but I can surely say that it is worth the time sacrificed to know how it works
Octoparse has a great feature set and attractive pricing. Among scraping software, it's a strong contender for one of the most user-friendly and feature-rich.
Too bad it's only an option if you're on Windows. Agencies and other environments that tend to be Mac shops won't be able to consider it.
Response: Octopus Data, Octoparse
Date: April 2018
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Kieran from Retail
It can be used to scrape a huge variety of data on any website, and the customer support is fantastic.
It takes a while to learn how to use it, but if you are willing to learn from a variety of text/video sources it is well worth the effort.
Umberto from Politecnico di Bari
I like how it works and its ease of usage...you don't need to be a developer for using it and it takes just few time for understanding it.
You just need to spend few time at the beginning for setting it and make it working properly on your machine.
Jason from Fiber Home Ltd.
Octoparse is a good data extraction tool that could extract data from almost every website. You don't need to write the code separately yourself to scrape different website. Octoparse could handle all these problems. Besides, Octoparse Cloud Service also allows you to get the updated data automatically without keeping your machine working by scheduling your task. This does help me a lot.
Very few websites aren't compatible with Octoparse built-in browser. I really hope that their specialist could deal with this problem in the near future.
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.