Web Crawling vs. Web Scraping | Oxylabs
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Web Crawling vs. Web Scraping | Oxylabs


Hey, my name is Gabija and I’m a Content Manager here at Oxylabs, and today I will be speaking about Web Crawling vs. Web Scraping Now there’s quite a few opinions going about whether web crawling and web scraping is the same thing or it’s completely different terminology. Now, because I do work at Oxylabs, and we have quite a few developers around I went around and asked them what would be the best definition to describe each term so today I will try and explain what they said to me. So a crawler, also known as a spider, goes through various targets and looks for two things. That is data and more target targets to crawl. Now, if I would give you an example of how the whole crawling process looks like, a crawler goes to your predefined target let’s say example.com and it goes through various pages, click on descriptions, titles, and that’s about it. Now, if you want to download the said descriptions, titles, etc. That would be scraping. Now, these two sounds really sound similar and indeed go hand-in-hand, but I would like to point out a few things that really differentiate the terms. So, if we take scraping and compare it to crawling it’s really in the name so a scraper scrapes the data, so it downloads it and a crawler crawls the data, so it looks for the data. Now, also there’s the manual work in it, scraping can be done manually, as you can just click on things and save it to your computer and that would be called scraping, and a crawler needs a spider bot, or a spider agent to go and look for certain things and really that’s about it! Okay, so now you know the differences between web crawling and web scraping, and at Oxylabs, we have two tools actually that does both scraping and crawling, that’s Real-Time Crawler and Web Scraper, but this video is not about them, if you want to learn more about our tools, you can just follow the link down below where we mention it in our blog and we describe the crawling and scraping in more detail, and if you like such videos, and want to see more of me or my colleagues please subscribe, and I’ll see you later!

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