Based on real-time data

Web Scraping API Comparison

What is this?

Choosing a web scraping partner is difficult given the many different variables at play. We've been scraping the web for years, and decided to build our own solution to help ourselves and others choose which web scraping API is the best for their needs.

This is our first iteration of this dashboard - stay tuned!

Which APIs do we test?

Web Scraper API

An API brought to you by Datashake.

ProxyCrawl

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One of the older scraping vendors on the market.

Scraper API

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A capable API owned by the private equity SaaS Group.

ScrapingBee

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An API run by two indie hackers.

Zenscrape

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An API owned by the private equity SaaS Industries.

⭐ Success rate (percentage)

A higher success rate is better as it returns your expected result faster.

In the last week, Scraper API has had the highest success rate at 56%, and Zenscrape the lowest at 18%.

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📈 Time to success (average seconds)

A lower time to success is better as it saves you compute power.

In the last week, Zenscrape has had the fastest time to success at 9.25 seconds, and ProxyCrawl the slowest at 17.35 seconds.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How is this data generated?

We make multiple requests to each API per day with their free accounts (to avoid biases), using the exact same 5 URLs and parameters, and store the results. Success is measured based on a string comparison of the expected result.

Is your data biased?

Our company lives and dies by our data, and introducing a bias would quickly become evident when you run your own tests. Our data is presented without bias.

Do you partner with the APIs you test?

We use the free accounts that each provider makes available, with the sole reason of reducing any bias in their handling of our requests. Our aim is to showcase the results that any web user could achieve, not the results from a partnership.

Why is this data important?

The success rate of your web scraping partner, as well as the time to success will directly impact your financials and thus your bottom line. For example, if your requests take 50% longer than they should to succeed, you're keeping a thread open uneccesarily which costs you in compute.

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Can you expose more data?

If that would be useful, then yes! Feel free to contact us with your ideas and we'll see what we can do.

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