Q: What is Ajax? Could I extract data from websites with Ajax?

 

A:

AJAX, short for Asynchronous JavaScript and XML, is is a set of web development techniques that allows a web page to update portions of contents without having to refresh the page.

In fact, you don’t need to know much about AJAX to extract data. All you need is just to figure out whether the site you want to scrape uses Ajax or not. Many websites use a lot of Ajax such as Google, Amazon and eBay. Usually the URL of the page will not have any change when updating part of the content. With Octoparse, you can easily extract data from web pages where data is loaded with AJAX.

Various kinds of tutorials and blogs about AJAX are provided on our website. You could see the details below:

Web Scraping -- Scraping AJAX and JavaScript Websites

How to Scrape Data from A Website with A Load More Button (Example: Kickstarter)

How to Extract Data from Webpages Loaded with AJAX (Example: gumtree.com)

How to Extract Emails that would display by clicking the "Reply" button (Example: Craigslist)

 

 

If you have any question, we'd happy to help.

Octoparse Support Team

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