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This article provides a basic feature comparison for several types of web scraping software. Additional feature details are available from the individual products' websites and/or articles. This article is not all-inclusive or necessarily up to date.

The comparisons are made on the stable versions of software – not the upcoming versions or beta releases – and without the use of any add-ons, extensions or external programs (unless specified in footnotes).

Prices

The following list companies' software with their pricing and trial details.

Free trialPrice (USD)Company
Automation Anywhere Enterprise50 Uses$2495Tethys Solutions
Automation Anywhere Premier50 Uses$695Tethys Solutions
Automation Anywhere Standard50 Uses$349Tethys Solutions
Automation Anywhere On-Demand (3-month License)50 Uses$169Tethys Solutions
BrownRecluseYes$39SoftByte Labs, Inc.
Convertigo30-dayFree for one threadTwinsoft
Data Ferret 4.19Yes
(Extract 50 names and addresses only)[1]
$269?
Djuggler Personaln/aFreeDjuggler
Djuggler LiteYes$89Djuggler
Djuggler BusinessYes$199Djuggler
Djuggler EnterpriseYes$499Djuggler
HappyHarvester30-day$89HappyHarvester
IRobotSoft Visual Web ScraperYesFreeIRobotSoft Inc.
List Extractor Pro 2Yes$49AtPacific
Lixto Visual DeveloperOn requestOn RequestLixto Software
Macro SchedulerYes$115mjtnet.com
MetaSeeker 3.1.0 Online EditionFreeFreegooseeker.com
Mozenda Custom30-dayData usage chargeMozenda
openkapowYesFreeKapow Technologies
phpQueryn/aMITn/a
ScrapyFreeFreeinsophia.com
screen-scraper 4.5 enterprise Edition30-day$2,499Ekiwi, LLC
screen-scraper 4.5 Professional Edition30-day$499Ekiwi, LLC
screen-scraper 4.5 Basic EditionFreeFreeEkiwi, LLC
Web Content Extractor21-day$159Newprosoft
Web Data ExtractorYes$149WebExtractor System
Web-Harvestn/aBSDn/a
Web Scraper Plus+21-day$749Velocityscape
XtractlyYes$99 / siteXtractly.com
Free TrialPrice(US dollars)Company

Professional Scraping Services

The following companies can scrape websites for you into desired output formats.

Services Available
AtPacificNo
Automation AnywhereYes
DjugglerYes
Data Ferret 4.19No
IRobotSoft Visual Web ScraperYes
Kapow TechnologiesYes
LixtoYes
MetaSeekerYes
MozendaYes
NewprosoftYes
PropellumYes
Screen-Scraper.comYes
Site ScraperYes
SoftByte Labs, Inc.No
VelocityscapeYes
Web ExtractionYes
Webextractor SystemNo
XtractlyYes

Cross-platform

The following software packages have their operating system compatibility listed.

WindowsMac OS XLinuxBSDUnixOpenVMSSolaris
Automation Anywhere On-DemandYesNoNoNoNoNoNo
Black WidowYesNoNoNoNoNoNo
ConvertigoYesNoYesNoNoNoNo
Data Ferret 4.19YesYesNoNoNoNoNo
DjugglerYesNoNoNoNoNoNo
HappyHarvesterYesNoNoNoNoNoNo
IRobotSoft Visual Web ScraperYesNoNoNoNoNoNo
Kapow TechnologiesYesNoYesNoNoNoYes
List Extractor Pro 2YesNoNoNoNoNoNo
LixtoYesNoYesNoNoNoNo
MetaSeeker 3.1.0 Online EditionYesNoYesNoNoNoNo
MJT NetYesNoNoNoNoNoNo
Mozenda BasicYesNoNoNoNoNoNo
phpQueryYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
screen-scraper 4.0 Basic EditionYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Web Content ExtractorYesNoNoNoNoNoNo
Web Data ExtractorYesNoNoNoNoNoNo
Web-HarvestYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Web Scraper Plus+YesNoNoNoNoNoNo
XtractlyYesNoNoNoNoNoNo
WindowsMac OS XLinuxBSDUnixOpenVMSSolaris

Features & Capabilities

The following table highlights several key features that are available on web-scraping software packages. To see the definitions of the Features & Capabilities, look below the table.

Create RSS FeedInteract w/ DatabaseExtract LinksWrite to XMLDownload FilesUse Anonymous ProxiesExport to spreadsheetBuilt-in TimerExtract TableTraverse pages/Fill formsCreate standalone web-robotsServerCustom parsingDOM parsingVisual LearningMulti-thread
Automation Anywhere EnterpriseNoYesYesYesYesNoYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Automation Anywhere PremierNoYesYesYesYesNoYesYesYesYesYesNoYesYesYesYes
Automation Anywhere StandardNoYesYesNoYesNoYesYesYesYesYesNoYesYesYesNo
Automation Anywhere On-DemandNoYesYesNoYesNoYesYesYesYesYesNoYesYesYesNo
Black Widow????Yes????YesYes?????
ConvertigoYesYesYesYesYes?YesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Data Ferret 4.19??????Yes???Yes?????
Djuggler PersonalYesNoYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesNo
Djuggler LiteYesNoYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesNo
Djuggler BusinessYesNoYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesNo
Djuggler EnterpriseYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesNo
HappyHarvesterNoNoYesNoYesYesYesYesYesYesYes?YesNoNoNo
IRobotSoft Visual Web ScraperNoYesYesYesYesNoYesYesYesYesYesYesYesNoYesYes
Kapow TechnologiesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
List Extractor Pro 2??????????Yes?????
LixtoYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
MetaSeeker 3.1.0 Online EditionNoYesYesYesNoNoNoNoYesNoYesYesYesYesYesYes
Mozenda BasicYesYesYesYesYesNoYesYesYesYesYesNoYesYesYesYes
phpQueryNoNoYesYesNoNoNoNoYesYesYesYesNoYesNoNo
Propellum.comYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes(US dollars)YesYesYes
screen-scraper 4.0 Enterprise EditionYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes??Yes
screen-scraper 4.0 Professional EditionNoYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes??Yes
screen-scraper 4.0 Basic EditionNoYesYesNoNoNoYesNoYesYesYesNoYes??No
Web Content ExtractorNoYesYesYesYesNoYesNoYesYesYesNo????
Web Data Extractor??????????Yes?????
Web Scraper Plus+?YesYes?Yes?YesYesYesYesYesYesYesNo??
XtractlyYesNoYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Create RSS FeedInteract w/ DatabaseExtract LinksWrite to XMLDownload FilesUse Anonymous ProxiesExport to spreadsheetBuilt-in TimerExtract TableTraverse pages/Fill formsCreate standalone web-robotsServerCustom parsingDOM parsingVisual LearningMulti-thread

Definitions

  • Anonymous Proxies: Occasionally, sites block scrapes by blocking ip addresses from where the user is scraping. Anonymous Proxies allow the user to continually scrape the site by generating new ip addresses.
  • Built-in Timer: When there is a built-in timer, the user can more easily scrape at a desired set time.
  • Custom parsing: Uses customizable delimiters for parsing rather than something like the DOM. This gives greater versatility at the expense of being more complex.
  • Download Files: The program will download files as well as scrape data from a web page.
  • DOM parsing: Uses objects from the DOM to parse HTML.
  • Extract Links: The program can read in links as it looks for data.
  • Export to spreadsheet: This indicates that the program can export the data scraped into a spreadsheet.
  • Extract Table: The program can extract the data from a table on the scraped web page.
  • Interact w/ Database: The program can read inputs/write outputs into a Database.
  • Multi-thread: Scrape web data in multi-thread mode.
  • RSS Feed: The program can place the output into an RSS Feed.
  • Server: The program can act much like a database server would act. This allows the possibility of invoking the program, to scrape needed data, through programs designed by the user.
  • Standalone web-scraper robots: Upon the creation of a robot, the program automatically scrapes so you don't have to do it manually.
  • Traverse pages/Fill forms: The program can go through a web page and fill in forms automatically.
  • Visual Learning: Generate web extraction code/rules by visual demonstration, including a recording interface.
  • Write to XML: The program can write data into XML format.

See also

Notes

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