Build a Website Phone Number Extractor Step by StepSunday, January 24, 2021
Do you want to get the sales leads in bulks? Then, you are on the right page. Web scraping is an efficient way to extract phone numbers from web efficiently. With this article, you are able to know how to build a "Phone Number Extractor" with Octoparse.
Build Phone Extractor with Octoparse
Octoparse enables you to extract all the phone numbers from the web page with its advanced features. For example, if you are looking at all the lawyers in Dallas, Texas (United States) on www.lawyers.com, you will see the perfect results with all the details information of each lawyer.
But you may also notice that some phone numbers on the web page will appear after clicking on the “VIEW PHONE#” button and the location of the PHONE NUMBER button may change according to the contact information posted by different lawyers.
So, how to extract all the phone numbers of lawyers in Dallas, Texas on this site? The solution is to modify the X Path generated by Octoparse to accurately extract the phone numbers information wherever it is.
Firstly, there are 17 pages for the results.
We can get the list of URLs as follows.
Create a loop for extract data from the list of URLs.
Then extract all the phone numbers of the lawyers, and modify the X Path.
The result seems pretty good, right?
Before extracting any data from websites, I’d strongly recommend you read the terms of service of the website you want to pull data out from and thus avoid legal issues. I’ve attached the Octoparse file (Click HERE)and you can download it to extract the data directly after you launch Octoparse.
Web Scraping Legality
However, in some cases, scraping private data for business use may lead to legal issues. If you have worries, we have done a bit explanation on web scraping legality here:
Author: The Octoparse Team