Best web scraping tools in 2024

These top web scraping platforms provide a range of helpful features and scraping tools to extract data from the web.

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A quick intro to web scrapers

Web scraping is almost as old as the web itself. Today, it is a widespread automated method of web data extraction.

Web pages are unstructured data sources. So, for computers to be able to process the information in those sources, the data needs to be stored in a structured format so machines can understand it. That way, web data can be processed and integrated with computer systems.

Web scraping has gone from being an outlier to part of the technological stack of just about any business that deals with big data. Real estate, e-commerce, marketing and media, research and education, AI and machine learning: data is the axis upon which these worlds turn.

Without web scrapers, there's no way people working and moving in these fields could retrieve and store the unfathomable amount of digital information needed to make smart decisions or feed the tools of their industry.

What makes this process possible? Web scraping tools!

What to look for in a scraping tool

When it comes to the best web scraping tools, there's much more to consider than simply extracting data from the web. Web scrapers that automate data collection are all well and good, but there are other things to take into account depending on the scale and scope of your project, the kind of data you need, and what you want to do with it.

Web scraping software, storage, proxies, integrations, anti-blocking features: these and more play a role in choosing a web scraping tool for your particular use case.

Top scraping tools in 2024

We took a fresh look at the web scraping landscape in 2024 and identified 5 platforms that provide the most complete range of features and tools for data extraction:

  • Zyte
  • Bright Data
  • Oxylabs
  • ScrapingBee
  • Apify

Before we summarize their main strengths, here's a comparison table including the features each platform has to offer:

Zyte for data extraction

Formerly known as ScrapingHub, Zyte offers great Scrapy integration for publishing Scrapy spiders and dashboards for monitoring and scheduling jobs. It allows you to develop spiders on the Zyte platform and deploy and host them in the cloud.

  • Features: Offers a powerful Scrapy integration, ideal for complex, large-scale scraping operations.
    • JavaScript rendering
    • Proxies
    • API access
    • Cloud data storage
    • Fully-managed custom enterprise solutions
    • Scheduling for scraping automation
  • Best for: Developers - Advanced users needing custom scraping solutions with reliable data processing capabilities.

Bright Data as a scraping tool

Primarily a well-known proxy provider, Bright Data also offers a sophisticated web scraping solution with its Web Scraper IDE. Bright Data's cloud-based infrastructure enables you to collect reliable data at scale. Like Zyte, it also offers fully managed custom enterprise solutions.

  • Features: Known for its extensive proxy network, it provides reliable and anonymous scraping.
    • JavaScript rendering
    • Proxies
    • API access
    • Cloud data storage
    • Fully-managed custom enterprise solutions
    • Scheduling for scraping automation
  • Best for: Non-technical users - Businesses requiring large-scale data extraction with anonymity.

Oxylabs for data scraping

Another great proxy provider, Oxylabs can also be used for web scraping. It provides a web scraping tool with its Web Scraper API. Oxylabs gives you a maintenance-free scraping infrastructure to help you deal with JavaScript-heavy websites, IP blocking, and other challenges of scraping web data.

  • Features: Specializes in proxy solutions and web data extraction features.
    • JavaScript rendering
    • Proxies
    • API access
    • Cloud data storage
    • Scheduling for scraping automation
  • Best for: Non-technical users - Enterprises needing sophisticated scraping solutions.

ScrapingBee as a web scraping tool

ScrapingBee is a smart web scraping solution that handles headless browsers and rotates proxies for you. Its web scraping API supports a wide array of popular languages, such as Python, Node.js, Go, and Java. ScrapingBee's API Builder, Code Exporter, and Dashboarding make it easy for developers to get started on web scraping.

  • Features: API-focused tool that excels in simplicity and ease of use.
    • JavaScript rendering
    • Proxies
    • API access
  • Best for: Developers looking for a straightforward, code-friendly scraping tool.

Extract data with Apify

Apify is a powerful web scraping tool and platform that lets you develop and host your own data scraping tools directly on the Apify platform and build scalable web crawlers.

It supports the hosting of web scraper tools written in any programming language, provides and gives developers easy access to serverless computation, data storage to store data, distributed queues, automatic proxy rotation, IP rotation, and not one scraper API but hundreds of APIs built by other developers.

Apify is also deeply integrated with Crawlee, an open-source Node.js web scraping library that generates human-like browser fingerprints and manages user sessions to help you scrape multiple pages on dynamic websites and turn extracted data collected by web scrapers into structured data and export data into multiple formats.

Like Zyte, Apify also allows you to develop Scrapy spiders on the Apify platform and deploy and host them in the cloud.

  • Features: An all-in-one platform that combines web scraping with automation.
    • JavaScript rendering
    • Proxies
    • API access
    • Cloud data storage
    • Fully-managed custom enterprise solutions
    • Scheduling for scraping automation
    • Library of pre-built web scraper tools
    • Configurable UI tailored for each scraping tool
  • Best for: Developers seeking a comprehensive tool for scraping data and browser automation.

Pre-built scraping tools

Apify Store currently has more than 1,600 web scrapers and automation tools built by Apify or other developers that are ready to use. Below are just a few of the most popular, which you can try out for free. They fall into two categories: 'universal' scrapers and site-specific scrapers.

  • Universal web scrapers

Universal scrapers can extract data from any website. They provide boilerplate code to save deployment time, so you don’t have to build scrapers from scratch. These scrapers are:

  1. Web Scraper: Crawls arbitrary websites using the Chrome browser and extracts data from pages using a provided JavaScript code. The actor supports both recursive crawling and lists of URLs and automatically manages concurrency for maximum performance. This is Apify's basic tool for web crawling and scraping.
  2. Puppeteer Scraper: Crawls websites with the headless Chrome and Puppeteer library using a provided server-side Node.js code. This crawler is an alternative to apify/web-scraper, giving you finer control over the process. Supports both recursive crawling and a list of URLs. Supports login to websites.
  3. Playwright Scraper: Crawls websites with the headless Chromium, Chrome, or Firefox browser and Playwright library using a provided server-side Node.js code. Supports both recursive crawling and a list of URLs. Supports login to a website.
  4. Cheerio Scraper: Crawls websites using raw HTTP requests, parses the HTML with the Cheerio library, and extracts data from the pages using a Node.js code. Supports both recursive crawling and lists of URLs. This Actor is a high-performance alternative to apify/web-scraper for websites that do not require JavaScript.
  5. JSDOM Scraper: Parses the HTML using the JSDOM library, providing the same DOM API as browsers do (e.g. `window`). It is able to process client-side JavaScript without using a real browser. Performance-wise, it stands somewhere between the Cheerio Scraper and the browser scrapers.
  • Site-specific scraping tools

These scraping tools are designed and configured to extract data from specific websites, meaning they’re easy to use even if you lack coding skills.

  1. Google Maps Scraper: Extract data from hundreds of Google Maps locations and businesses. Get Google Maps data, including reviews, images, contact info, opening hours, location, popular times, prices & more. Export scraped data, run the scraper via API, schedule and monitor runs, or integrate with other tools.
  2. Google Search Results Scraper: Scrape Google Search Engine Results Pages (SERPs). Select the country or language and extract organic and paid results, ads, queries, People Also Ask, prices, and reviews, like a Google SERP API. Export scraped data, run the scraper via API, schedule and monitor runs, or integrate with other tools.
  3. Twitter Scraper: Scrape tweets from any Twitter user profile. Top Twitter API alternative to scrape Twitter hashtags, threads, replies, followers, images, videos, statistics, and Twitter history. Export scraped data, run the scraper via API, schedule and monitor runs, or integrate with other tools.
  4. Instagram Scraper: Scrape and download Instagram posts, profiles, places, hashtags, photos, and comments. Get data from Instagram using one or more Instagram URLs or search queries. Export scraped data, run the scraper via API, schedule and monitor runs, or integrate with other tools.
  5. Facebook Pages Scraper: A Facebook scraping tool to crawl and extract basic data from one or multiple Facebook Pages. Extract Facebook page name, page URL address, category, likes, check-ins, and other public data. Download data in JSON, CSV, and Excel and use it in apps, spreadsheets, and reports.
  6. TikTok Scraper: Extract data from TikTok videos, hashtags, and users. Use URLs or search queries to scrape TikTok profiles, hashtags, posts, URLs, shares, followers, hearts, names, videos, and music-related data. Export scraped data, run the scraper via API, schedule and monitor runs or integrate with other tools.
  7. Contact Details Scraper: Free email extractor to extract and download emails, phone numbers, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram profiles from any website. Extract contact information at scale from lists of URLs and download the data as Excel, CSV, JSON, HTML, and XML.
  8. Amazon Product Scraper: Use this Amazon scraper to collect data based on URL and country from the Amazon website. Extract product information without using the Amazon API, including reviews, prices, descriptions, and Amazon Standard Identification Numbers (ASINs). Download data in various structured formats.
  9. Airbnb Scraper: Scrape whole cities or extract data from hundreds of Airbnb rentals in seconds. Extract host information, addresses, locations, prices, availability, stars, reviews, images, and host/guest details for free. Download scraped data in various formats, including HTML, JSON, and Excel.
  10. Google Trends Scraper: Scrape data from Google Trends by search terms or URLs. Specify locations, define time ranges, select categories to get interest by subregion and over time, related queries and topics, and more. Export scraped data, run the scraper via API, schedule and monitor runs, or integrate with other tools.

Learn more about the Apify platform

If you want to know more about how to scrape data with the Apify platform and its web scraping tools and how it can improve your overall development experience, take a look at our free web scraping course. Learn how to get started, access data on web pages without getting blocked, deploy your code, run a web server on the Apify platform, and more.

Theo Vasilis
Theo Vasilis
Author, copywriter, and general all-round wordsmith. Loves to inform, inspire, and illuminate. Interested in human and machine learning alike. Passionate about free information and an open web.

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