The world of web scraping is varied and complex, and Proxies API sits at one of the most crucial junctions. They are allowing web scrapers/crawlers to bypass IP blocks by using a single API endpoint to access our 20 million-plus high-speed proxies on rotation.
One of the questions we get frequently is how we are different from services like OctoParse or Diffbot. Many times it is like comparing Apples and Oranges. Still, when we send this comparison table to our customer's developer team, their CXO, their marketing, or SEO team, they typically get it quite quickly if we are a convenient service or not.
So here is how we are different from Mechanical Soup.
Here is an example of submitting a form and scraping the results on Duck Duck Go
import mechanicalsoup # Connect to duckduckgo browser = mechanicalsoup.StatefulBrowser() browser.open("") # Fill-in the search form browser.select_form('#search_form_homepage') browser["q"] = "MechanicalSoup" browser.submit_selected() # Display the results for link in browser.page.select('a.result__a'): print(link.text, '->', link.attrs['href'])
Mechanical Soup vs. Proxies API
|Aspect||Proxies API||Mechanical Soup|
|Who is it for?||Developers||Developers|
|Cost||1000 free CallsStarts at $49 pm||Open Source|
|Size of project||enterprisemediumsmall||enterprisemediumsmall|
|Easy to setup||single api call for everything||manual setup|