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Web Scraping using Chrome Scraper Extension

chrome scraper extensionDo you want to get data from a web page or website to CSV or Excel Spreadsheet? The answer is web scraping. There are number of web scraping software and services available in the market like Visual Web Ripper, Mozenda, Kimono Labs, Outwit Hub, ScraperWiki and Automation Anywhere etc. for web data extraction. These all tools and services are paid and not easy to use for non-technical persons. Now I am going to discuss another method of doing web scraping that is easy to use and free.  There are various Google Chrome browser extensions available at Google Web Store (https://chrome.google.com/webstore/category/apps) using that we can do screen scraping/web scraping.

1. Web scraper

Official Website: http://www.webscraper.io

Install it by visiting following link:

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/scraper/mbigbapnjcgaffohmbkdlecaccepngjd

chrome scraper plugin

 

Web Scraper is a chrome extension for scraping data out of web pages to Excel Spreadsheet or database. It allows you to create a plan/sitemap. According to that plan/sitemap a website is traversed and the data is extracted. The extracted data can be exported to CSV or stored in CouchDB. It also supports scraping from multiple pages with pagination. You can use Web Scraper for scraping multiple types of data like text, tables, images, links and more. It also supports web data extraction from dynamic web pages built up with modern web technologies like JavaScript and AJAX.

2. Data Miner

Install DataMiner by visiting following link:

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/dataminer/nndknepjnldbdbepjfgmncbggmopgden

chrome data miner plugin

DataMiner is a standalone chrome browser plugin for extracting data from the websites. Later on extracted data can be exported to Microsoft Excel spreadsheets or Google Sheets.

Using DataMiner extension, you can scrape data from tables and lists on the websites and easily export them into CSV file or Microsoft Excel. It also supports XPath selectors. You can use it for scraping emails, Google search results, HTML tables etc.

 

3. Screen Scraper:

Install it by visiting following link:

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/screenscraper/pfegffhjcgkneoemnlniggnhkfioidjg

chrome screen scraper plugin

Screen Scraper is another chrome scraper as it name suggest is a Chrome browser extension/plugin for screen scraping. Screen scraping is the process of automatically scraping/extracting information from websites. Later on, Scraped information can be downloaded as a CSV file or JSON file. It supports Element Selectors and Xpath Selectors method.

4. iMacro

Official Website of iMacro: http://imacros.net/

Install iMacro it by visiting following link:

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/imacros-for-chrome/cplklnmnlbnpmjogncfgfijoopmnlemp?hl=en

imacro chrome

iMacro is a macro recorder for your Google Chrome browser. Macro recorder is a piece of tool that records user actions. It allows users to record repetitious tasks on the web and replay it at later time. It is useful tool for web automation, data extraction and web testing. Using iMacros you can remember passwords, fill out web forms, download files and possibilities are endless. iMacros is useful to Web developers for web regression testing, performance testing and web transaction monitoring. To use iMacros you just need to record the task once and save it in your machine next time when you need to perform the same task you need not repeat the same task again and again. iMacro plugin comes for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer too.

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