How to scrape posts and comments from Facebook Groups

Scraping Facebook data, especially scraping Facebook Groups is no easy task. Learn how to get group posts without official Facebook Groups API.


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This unofficial Facebook Groups API solution is a scraper able to extract full Facebook Groups data. Within a few minutes, you can get raw data from Facebook Groups including posts, comments, basic commenter info, reactions, and more.

Once you’ve extracted this data, you can easily incorporate it into your current projects and applications by downloading it to your computer or sending it to your own database.

🧪 How can I use data from Facebook groups?

👋 Analyzing sentiment. Evaluate the brand’s public perception and back up your insights with data.

🦻 Creating a customer-centric strategy. Analyze customer interaction at scale and understand expectations. Improve your customer service by applying social listening strategy.

🩸 Identifying pain points and trends. Analyze discussions and conversations in the group and stay fully up to date with market demands. Identify trending topics, questions, and concerns among group followers.

📰 Identifying hot spots of fake news or purposeful misinformation; track down its origins and bot farms.

🤝 Community building. Engage with group members by providing valuable information, resources, and support. By extension, with social listening, you'll be able to establish your brand as a trusted authority, come up with content ideas that will resonate, and even build relationships with potential customers.

🧱 Product development. Use the insights gathered from the group discussions to inform your decisions on the development of new products or services that meet the needs of the target audience.

🥾 Step-by-step guide to scraping Facebook Groups

Step 1. Head over to Apify Store and click Try for free

Welcome to our library of 1,000+ ready-to-use data extraction tools! It has a scraper tool for any website you can think of, including social media. Search for "Facebook" there, and you’ll quickly find our Facebook Groups Scraper 🔗, among others. Click the Try for free button.

Step 1. Go to Facebook Groups Scraper - screenshot of Facebook Groups Scraper
Step 1. Go to Facebook Groups Scraper

If you don't have an Apify account yet, you can sign up by just using your email (Gmail or other) or GitHub account, and start a free trial in Apify Console right away.

Sign up for the platform (Facebook Groups Scraper) - screenshot of Apify signup page
Sign up for the platform (Facebook Groups Scraper)

Step 2. Find and copy-paste a Facebook group to scrape

Now let’s pick the Facebook group you’re interested in scraping. Go over to and copy-paste the group URL into the input field.

Step 2. Choose Facebook Groups to scrape - screenshot of a Facebook Group
Step 2. Choose Facebook Groups to scrape

You can add as many groups as you want, specify the number of posts you want to extract from each group, and the way of sorting the posts. Bear in mind that the group has to be public 🌎

Add a URL of a group, specify the number of posts you want to extract, and the way of sorting the posts - screenshot of Apify Console
Add a URL of a group, specify the number of posts you want to extract, and the way of sorting the posts.

Step 3. Click Start ▶️

Now that you’ve dealt with those 3 fields, click the Start button. You’ll see the scraper’s status change to Running 🏃🏻‍♀️ Now it should only take a few minutes till you see the status change to Succeeded 🏁 and see what data you’ve managed to extract.

Step 3. Click Start ▶️ and wait for the results to start pulling up - screenshot of Apify Console
Step 3. Click Start ▶️ and wait for the results to start pulling up

Step 4. Collect your data

After the run has finished (4 minutes in our case) you will be able to view (pun intended 👁) and download extracted data. To access your data simply click on the Export results button or navigate to the Storage tab.

Step 4. Export the data you’ve collected - screenshot of Apify Console
Step 4. Export the data you’ve collected

Last but not least, you can export the data in a format that suits the needs of your data project: CSV, HTML, JSON, Excel, or XML. You can preview your datasets before downloading them by clicking on the Preview 👁 button.

Choose a data format that suits your needs: CSV, Excel, XML, HTML table, JSONL or JSON - screenshot of Apify Console
Choose a data format that suits your needs: CSV, Excel, XML, HTML table, JSONL or JSON
Preview of data scraped from Facebook Groups in JSON - screenshot of Apify Console
Preview of data scraped from Facebook Groups in JSON

That's it! You can now easily extract data from Facebook Groups.

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🌈 Need to scrape Facebook reviews data or events?

In case you want to scrape other data from Facebook, feel free to try any of these Facebook scraping tools. These scrapers are designed for scraping Facebook reviews, comments, photos, and ads in particular, and they are just as simple to use as the Facebook Groups one above.

🛍 Facebook Ads Scraper: extracts data from Facebook ads.

🕵️‍♀️ Facebook Search Scraper: scrapes Facebook search by keyword.

🗓 Facebook Events Scraper: extracts Facebook events data.

🌟 Facebook Reviews Scraper: extracts Facebook reviews data from the page (text and reviewer).

🏞 Facebook Photos Scraper: extracts Facebook images and their data.

📝 Facebook Posts Scraper: extracts data from each post on the page and its details.

📜 Facebook Pages Scraper: scrapes basic info about the page.

💬 Facebook Comments Scraper: extracts comments from the posts.

👍 Facebook Likes Scraper: extracts Facebook reactions and likes.


🛡 Why do you need proxies to scrape Facebook Groups?

Facebook has implemented a lot of constraints into its official policy on data extraction, so since 2021 any Facebook scraping tool needs a proxy to extract data successfully. While datacenter proxies can still provide you some output outputs, residential proxies are the best option for any Facebook scraping. Luckily, our free plan includes a residential proxy free trial, so you can test Facebook scraping with and without proxies for yourself.

🔒 Can I scrape private Facebook groups?

No, this scraper only scrapes Facebook groups that are public. If you need more advanced data extraction, you can consider building your own Facebook scraper. Private Facebook Group data is only visible when you’re logged in. So your scraper will have to include an option of logging in, most probably using cookies. Note that Facebook doesn’t endorse scraping of any kind, especially scraping behind the login wall.

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🍪 Do I need cookies to scrape Facebook private groups?

Yes. However, scraping behind login is against Facebook’s Terms of Service so our Facebook scrapers don’t allow that. However, Terms of Service for cookie-based authentication vary from website to website.

💬 Can I scrape comments with Facebook Groups Scraper?

Yes, you can scrape the commenter’s info, comment text, how many likes it got, and the total amount of comments under every Facebook post. If you need to scrape comments in general from a post on a page (not a group), use Facebook Comments Scraper 💬.

In general, yes. Our Facebook scrapers only extract public data from Facebook Groups, and we make sure to adhere to the practices of ethical web scraping. However, scraping ethically still means taking several regulations into account, such as the GDPR and CCPA. The legality of web scraping is a lot about personal data, full explanation here.

Natasha Lekh
Natasha Lekh
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