It can be heartbreaking when you rely 100% on a third party company for a web scraping tool to later close down giving you two weeks’ notice only. Kimono Labs disappointed its customers. Those who had not at any time thought of alternatives lost so much upon its shut down. If the closure of kimono labs found you off guard, here is a compiled list of options that can be used.
Visual web Ripper
Visual web ripper has amazing features including proxy support, submitting forms and scheduling. It is a simple to use and straight forward, hence a good alternative to kimono labs.
Octoparse is significantly known for modern visual data extraction. It designed to fetch data from the website by only using a point and click interface. Also, it is intended to solve captures and filling in forms. Using Octoparse is very easy. You scrape data from the web just a click. This tool is highly recommended for both experienced and inexperienced users. Most people find the tool to be friendly for extraction of bulk data since no coding is needed for most scraping tasks.
Data Scraping Studio
Data scraping studio is an excellent alternative to kimono labs. Not only is it easy to use but also can support anonymous proxy servers meaning it can scrape the web anonymously. The tool comes in two parts; the desktop app and the Chrome extension that has the ‘the point and click’ layer.
The output data has the format of CVS, TSB and JSON that are downloadable via Chrome extension after the scraping process is done.
Feedity is an application found on the web best known to create and fetch RSS feed from any website. The tool is the best if your web scraping is only limited to grabbing new web changes.
Feedity does not have any advanced web scraping ability. Not only can it generate feeds but also refine the feed by determining where a post starts and ends. With the premium features, you can get more features like RSS feed merging and also data integration. Specifically, the tool is used when you want to extract data that includes news, products, articles or even events.
Above are good alternatives to Kimono Labs and work more or the same way. Always be prepared for anything and have alternative options just in case something happens to your web scraping tool provider. Kimono Labs closure should be an eye opener to many businesses that they should always be prepared.