Pictures on Instagram, Pinterest, and Ecommerce websites are a big treasure to get inspired, especially for marketing reactionaries, Ecommerce owners, and even scholars. Hence, they need an efficient way to scrape images and download images. That’s exactly what I am going to walk through: to empower the majority with the capability to scrape and download images with or without coding skills.
No-coding Image Scraper
The first one recommended for you is Octoparse, which is not only an image scraper but also scraping text or any other information as your needs. Watch the video below to learn about how can Octoparse help you.
Unlike a single-page image downloader, Octoparse helps you get the multiple URLs of the needed images, and it’s more than that, here are the reasons why you have requests below:
- “I am going to scrape images spanning over numerous pages”
When using Octoparse to scrape images, you can add pagination to the crawler so that it can scrape down image URLs automatically over a multitude of pages. Instead of downloading the images page by page using an extension tool, Octoparse could save you a lot of time.
- “I am going to scrape images spanning over numerous screens”
Instead of pagination, Google Images uses infinite scroll and users have to scroll down to activate the loading of new content. Can a scraping tool get all pictures loaded before starting the process?
Yes, Octoparse can easily deal with pages with AJAX, it has a built-in browser that simulates human activities and visualizes the process. You can set the browser to scroll down to the bottom before starting to scrape.
- “I want not only the images but also the other information related to it”
People working on e-commerce product research won’t be satisfied with product images alone. They have to study not only the look and design of the product but also prices and other parameters to evaluate its overall performance.
Octoparse offers templates for users to scrape from a series of websites such as Amazon, Yelp, Booking, etc. In this case, you can not only scrape down the URLs of images, but also other information about the product, the restaurant, or the hotel.
Now since you have two data sets available(images and related detail information) in correspondence with one another, you get a small product database now and can start your research!
- “I want bulk download thousands of images”
This video is a tutorial that gives a step-by-step guide to help users scrape and download images from Aliexpress with Octoparse. When you get a hang of the tool, you can download images from any website without effort!
- “Want to scrape high-quality images in batch”
Some websites provide low-resolution to high-resolution images in the codes. You need to figure out the right URLs first. There would be two most-hunted issues: how to get all the image URLs in a carousel? How to make sure URLs are in high resolution? The below articles can give you a guide.
How to Build an Image Crawler without Coding
Capture all the images from an image carousel
How to scrape the full image URLs instead of the thumbnails?
- Download pictures after you have the image URL list
Finally, we come to the end. Octoparse doesn’t provide an inbuilt tool yet, meaning you get the chance to use plenty of other tools to do the downloading work.
Free Download Manager
Type: Desktop software (support for both Windows and MacOS)
Note: It supports pasting in URLs from your clipboard to create batch downloads. Fast and efficient, especially useful for large downloads.
Image Scraping Online Tools
Forget about what browser you are using, try webpage tool to download the images if you don’t want to install anything on your devices.
1. Image Cyborg
Image Cyborg is a web app that quickly downloads all the images of a web page. This Handy tool has a simple and straightforward home interface just like a search engine. You have nowhere to go except download the images.
Despite the easy accessibility, it comes with some apparent defects. Here are my using experiences.
1. Images are mostly low resolution and small-sized. Yes, most of them are thumbnail images.
2. The zip files share the same name: [image-cyborg]. Need to rename the file one by one.
3. Some logos or avatar images will be packed but you might need them.
extract.pics is another geeky tool with a simple and clear interface. The best part is that you have the chance to preview all the images before downloading and selecting or deselecting them. However, you might bump into this error when you try to download all images with one click.
Use Browser Extension to Download Images
1. Use Firefox
You may be surprised that everything is just behind a right-click. You can download all the images of the present website by following a few simple steps. A few seconds away.
Open the website you are going to get images from with Firefox. Right-click on the blank area and you will see the option of “view page info”. Click it.
Skip the general information and click “Media”. You will see a list of URLs of those images you are going to download.
Click “select all” – ”Save as”: Now you are getting all the images from the website!
Note: One caveat for this is that it can’t save the image files in web format as it doesn’t get detected by the “Media” option.
2. Use Chrome or Edge
If you’re using the Chrome browser, an image downloader for Chrome will be a good choice. For Edge users, you can try Microsoft Edge Image Downloader.
Let’s take Chrome as an example. Open the website you are aiming to scrape pictures from. Launch the extension tool and it’s a white arrow on a blue background. You’ll find it on the top-right side of the Chrome window. This displays all downloadable images in a pop-up window.
You will find that this tool offers a filter to help you get rid of those small tiny icons and only download the normal-size pictures you need.
Scrape Images from Website Using Python
If you are a developer, I guess there are no limits to Skype. You can write codes to achieve basically everything.
Next, you’ll learn the basic steps to use Python web scraping to download images. First, you need to install Beautiful Soup by typing pip install bs4 command line. And type pip install requests to install requests. After that, follow the steps here: Import module > Make requests instance and pass into URL > Pass the requests into a Beautifulsoup() function > Use ‘img’ tag to find them all tag (‘src’).
To conclude, no matter whether you are a no-code backer or a sophisticated developer, I hope this article will make your work a bit easier than before.