How to extract data from Capterra with unofficial Capterra API

Tuğkan Cengiz
Tuğkan Cengiz

If you're looking for an API for Capterra, this scraper acts as an unofficial Capterra API to help you extract data at scale.

TL;DR

Capterra Scraper · Apify
Scrape data from the Capterra software database. Crawl and extract product information, related products, insights with numeric values, extended real client reviews, portfolio and much more. Scrape the huge Capterra database and top software listings by any search term.

Features

Capterra Scraper supports the following features.

  • Search any keyword
  • Scrape lists
  • Scrape resources
  • Scrape categories
  • Scrape products
  • Scrape reviews

Capterra provides business software reviews, rating infographics, and the most comprehensive list of the top tools on the web. Scraping that content and extracting it in structured format could give you invaluable business insights and an edge over the competition.

Upcoming changes

  • Retrieve comparisons
  • Enrich reviews and output of products

Setup & usage

You can see how this actor works in these videos:

Start URLs
Watch how to set up Start URLs for Capterra Scraper here.

Using Capterra Scraper with Start URLs


You can check the output of this video here.

Search
Watch how to set up Search for Capterra Scraper here.

Using Capterra Scraper with Search


You can check the output of this video here.

Tips on scraping Capterra

When you want to scrape a specific listing URL, just copy and paste the link as one of the startURLs. If you would like to scrape only the first page of a list, then add the link for the page and have the endPage as 1.

Please also keep in mind that the includeReviews parameter will add multiple requests per product. That's why the number of requests or CUs that are consumed might be higher if you set this option as true.

Compute unit consumption

Capterra Scraper is optimized to run extremely fast and scrape many as listings as possible, so it forefronts all listing detail requests. If the actor doesn't get blocked very often, it will scrape 100 listings in 2 minutes and consume ~0.07-0.08 compute units.

Final words

Like my all other actors there are lots of new features on the roadmap and I am always open to new ideas. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any feedback, feature requests or totally new ideas that might be interesting to implement.

P.S. You should always use a proxy to get the best results.



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