When looking for a web scraping solution, Mac users may run into a situation where an excellent web scraper only supports Windows or Linux system, but it cannot be installed on Mac OS.
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This would no longer be a problem with Octoparse, an industry-leading web scraping software for mac. With its fast extraction speed, robust compatibility, smooth workflow and refreshing design, it stands out as a perfect and free web scraping solution on apple devices. You can download Octoparse Mac version here.
What is a good Mac web scraper?
A good Mac web scraper, needless to say, allows you to pull data from any website easily without coding. Octoparse makes web scraping on Mac easier than ever. They provide hundreds of ready-to-use web scraping templates, which allows you to
- scrape e-commerce & retail platforms including Amazon, eBay, BestBuy, Walmart ...
- scrape social media channels like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube ...
- scrape directories like Yellowpages, Yelp, Crunchbase…
- scrape online travel agency sites such as Booking, TripAdvisor, Airbnb…
- scrape real estate listings from Kijiji, Gumtree…
With these prebuilt crawlers, you can extract data from other big sites, such as Google Maps, Google Search, Google Play, Yahoo Finance and Indeed within clicks.
How to scrape ANY websites on your apple device
To scrape any websites, there is a more flexible solution-you can build a crawler from scratch with the “Advanced Mode” in Octoparse.
It is very easy to create a crawler to pull data off any website. There is zero learning curve even for a layman. Octoparse auto-detects all the data fields on the webpage, generates a crawler within minutes and extracts the data within seconds. Below is a screenshot of the data I got using the auto-detection feature:
(data extracted in excel)
Take Yelp as an example. Let’s say you are trying to scrape all the general information about Auto repair shops in Houston, TX. This is the website URL you’d like to extract: https://www.yelp.com/search?find_desc=Auto+Repair&find_loc=Houston%2C+TX%2C+United+States&ns=1
Step 1: Input the target URL to start detecting the webpage
First, you need to install Octoparse on your Mac device. If you have experienced the Windows version before, you will notice the Mac version looks very similar.
Paste the URL above into Octoparse to let it auto-detect the page. As you scroll down the page inside the built-in browser, you will notice that the listing data, as well as the “Next page” button, are highlighted in red. This means that Octoparse is going to extract all the highlighted data on all pages.
Step 2: Save the detection settings to build a crawler
The second step is very simple. Click “save settings” and Octoparse will build a scraping workflow on your left-hand side. You can easily preview all the data that is going to be extracted on the “data preview” section.
Step 3: Run the crawler
And the last step is even more simple: save the crawler and run it. As you can see, within seconds, your target data is extracted from the webpage. When the extraction is completed, you can export the collected data into formats of your choice, including Excel sheets, CSV, HTML, SqlServer, MySql, etc. You can also stream live data into your database with Octoparse APIs.
And that’s a quick demo of extracting data with web scraping software for mac. As a Mac web scraper with rich features, Octoparse provides a Cloud platform for you to run your scraping projects in the cloud 24/7 with your laptop shut down. You can check out the video below to know more about how to scrape data from any website with Octoparse auto-detect algorithm.
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