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Alternatives to BeautifulSoup

Scrapy, Selenium, import.io, ParseHub, and Portia are the most popular alternatives and competitors to BeautifulSoup.
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What is BeautifulSoup and what are its top alternatives?

It works with your favorite parser to provide idiomatic ways of navigating, searching, and modifying the parse tree. It commonly saves programmers hours or days of work.
BeautifulSoup is a tool in the Web Scraping API category of a tech stack.

Top Alternatives to BeautifulSoup

  • Scrapy

    Scrapy

    It is the most popular web scraping framework in Python. An open source and collaborative framework for extracting the data you need from websites. In a fast, simple, yet extensible way. ...

  • Selenium

    Selenium

    Selenium automates browsers. That's it! What you do with that power is entirely up to you. Primarily, it is for automating web applications for testing purposes, but is certainly not limited to just that. Boring web-based administration tasks can (and should!) also be automated as well. ...

  • import.io

    import.io

    import.io is a free web-based platform that puts the power of the machine readable web in your hands. Using our tools you can create an API or crawl an entire website in a fraction of the time of traditional methods, no coding required. ...

  • ParseHub

    ParseHub

    Web Scraping and Data Extraction ParseHub is a free and powerful web scraping tool. With our advanced web scraper, extracting data is as easy as clicking on the data you need. ParseHub lets you turn any website into a spreadsheet or API w ...

  • Portia

    Portia

    Portia is an open source tool that lets you get data from websites. It facilitates and automates the process of data extraction. This visual web scraper works straight from your browser, so you don't need to download or install anything. ...

  • Apify

    Apify

    Apify is a platform that enables developers to create, customize and run cloud-based programs called actors that can, among other things, be used to extract data from any website using a few lines of JavaScript. ...

  • Octoparse

    Octoparse

    It is a free client-side Windows web scraping software that turns unstructured or semi-structured data from websites into structured data sets, no coding necessary. Extracted data can be exported as API, CSV, Excel or exported into a database. ...

  • Kimono

    Kimono

    You don't need to write any code or install any software to extract data with Kimono. The easiest way to use Kimono is to add our bookmarklet to your browser's bookmark bar. Then go to the website you want to get data from and click the bookmarklet. Select the data you want and Kimono does the rest. We take care of hosting the APIs that you build with Kimono and running them on the schedule you specify. Use the API output in JSON or as CSV files that you can easily paste into a spreadsheet. ...

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