[Octoparase User Review] By Kamiyab Mukhi from India - Basic Plan User
I am a web developer and I have a project where clients also need core market data to be filled up from sites like Alibaba, Justdial, olx.com, etc. That’s why I use web crawler tools for data retrieval. I finally come to Octoparse with the excellent RegEx tool and XPath tool after searching for those data extractors .
I use Octoparse to get the data I want and then upload it to my database. Well, believe me, it didn’t go well in the first attempt. It was when I gone through all the sample cases and the videos that I have understood how to properly use the software.
For olx.com and Justdial, it was fine but had a lot of problem with Alibaba.com. Though Octoparse doesn’t recommend to scrape Alibaba.com
(refer to http://www.octoparse.com/faq/data-extraction-on-alibaba-group/), I finally made it with great efforts. I got the phone number to log in and tried to scrape the information I want. It took one complete day to succeed at the end, and that too with local extraction, but still it suffices me as I finally got the data I want. So in this way I was able to collect fair amount of data from here and could use it on my client's site. The XPath tool helped me a lot in Justdial site and the cookie tool in specific, for Alibaba. I think speed is also good but could even be better. It seems that cloud service is much faster but I haven’t tried it before.
Hope my case study would guide new Octoparse users a direction of use / faith in the software.
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