Advanced Mode enables anyone to scrape data from any website using simple point-and-click, with no code. If you are looking to scrape from webpages that are a bit more complicated or if you have yet extracted the data successfully using auto-detect, we strongly recommend that you give the Advanced Mode a try and truly uncover the world of possibilities with it:

  • Scrape information from nearly any web pages

  • Extract data like text, URL, image, and HTML

  • Interact with webpages to perform complicated actions such as login authentication, keyword searching and switching through a drop-down menu

  • Fine tune your workflow, such as add wait time, modify XPath and reformat the data extracted


Start a task in Advanced Mode

There are two ways to quickly start a new task using Advanced Mode:

1) Head straight to the home page, enter the URL(s) of the target web page and hit Start.

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2) Right under the Octoparse logo, hover on + New and select Advanced Mode.

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Get to know the Advanced Mode interface

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  • The Built-in Browser: Once you've entered a target webpage URL, the webpage will be loaded in Octoparse's built-in browser. you can browse the website in Browse mode or you can click to extract the data you need in Select mode.

  • The Workflow: As you proceed to interact with the webpage, such as opening a web page and clicking on a page element/button, the entire process is defined automatically in the form of a workflow.

  • Tips panel: Octoparse uses smart Tips to "talk" to you during the extraction process, to guide you through the task-building process.

  • Data Preview: Have a preview of the data selected. You can also rename the data fields or remove the ones that are not needed.


How to use Advanced Mode to build tasks manually

To build a task manually using the Advanced Mode, skip the auto-detect process by clicking Turn OFF auto-detect.

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Then, simply click on the target data on the webpage. Follow the tips provided on the Tips panel to proceed with the task-building process. The general building steps are straightforward:

Select the data you need on the webpage >> Follow through the instruction provided in Action Tips >> Check your workflow >> Run the task to get data

In light of the nature of the web, web pages change all the time, and different sets of data may be needed by different individuals. The Advanced Mode is created with the flexibility and versatility required to handle all kinds of scraping needs while making sure it is still non-coder friendly with step-by-step guidance provided in Action Tips.

1. Select your target data on the web page

Within the built-in browser, use simple clicks to select any data you'd like to extract from the webpage. As you hover over the web page, Octoparse tries to "understand" what you'd like to fetch as it highlights the page elements around your cursor. You can move your cursor slightly if the highlighted area is not quite close to what you'd like to extract.

Once you have the data you need to be highlighted in blue, you can click to confirm the selection. Now, the selected page element should be highlighted in green, indicating that's been selected successfully.

Repeat the same process if you'd like to extract multiple elements on the same page.

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2. Follow through the instructions provided in Action Tips

Octoparse attempts to guide you through the task-building process by offering all possible next-step in the Action Tips Panel. It is a way for Octoparse to "talk" to you.

Every time you select an element, the Action Tips panel will pop up with a number of options for you to choose from. Simply follow through with the instructions provided and choose how you'd like to proceed with the selected data. For example, if you'd like to scrape the text of the selected elements, you can choose "Extract the text of the selected element"; or If you'd like to click on the selected element to go to the linked page, you can choose "Click element".

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Below are the most frequently used actions:

  • Extract the text of the selected element - capture the text of the selected page element

  • Click element - click the selected page element

  • Extract the HTML of the selected element - capture the source code string of the selected element

  • Loop click single element - click the selected element repeatedly (similar to Loop click next page or Loop click single URL)

  • Extract URL of the selected - capture the URL of the selected link (when a link is selected)

  • Extract URL of the selected image - capture the image URL (when an image is selected)

  • Select all - select all similar elements (when similar elements are detected)

TIPS:

  • In instances where a target element is difficult to pinpoint with the cursor, you can use the HTML tags located at the bottom of the Tips panel to refine the selection.

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  • The Expand selection button at the end can be used to expand the current selection to include the outer HTML tag. For example, if you'd like to extract the entire part surrounding the selected element, you can keep clicking on the expand button until the entire part gets highlighted in green.

3. Check the workflow

As you go on to build the scraping task, Octoparse simultaneously creates a workflow according to how you've interacted with the web page as well as the Tips Panel.

An example workflow:

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TIP: Check this tutorial to learn more about how to test your workflow step-by-step: Lesson 4: Test-run the task

4. Run the task

Now you've finished building and testing your task, you can run the task by clicking the Run button. You can run the task locally on your device or run it in the Cloud.

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