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What are the main differences between Web Unblocker and Scraper APIs?
What are the main differences between Web Unblocker and Scraper APIs?
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Written by Josh
Updated over a week ago

Scraper APIs and Web Unblocker have quite a few differences.

First of all, Scraper APIs have more integration methods than Web Unblocker:

  • Web Unblocker is set up using a backconnect proxy, a server that contains several proxies engaged every time a request is made. This way, users can easily switch from proxies to Web Unblocker.

  • To set up our Scraper APIs, you can use synchronous methods, such as Proxy Endpoint or Realtime, or an asynchronous method like Push-Pull. Read more about different integration methods in our documentation or this blog post.

Secondly, Scraper APIs offer more features compared to Web Unblocker.

  • Web Unblocker is primarily designed for hassle-free access to public data from even the most complex websites. It includes features like ML-driven proxy management, dynamic browser fingerprinting, and ML-powered response recognition, enabling you to bypass even the most challenging anti-scraping techniques.

  • Scraper APIs are not just about bypassing blocks; they also focus on streamlining the public data-gathering process from start to finish. As a result, they come with additional features such as batch requests, URL building, Scheduler, Web Crawler, and Parsers (Dedicated and Custom.) When using Scraper APIs, you also have the option to deliver data directly to your cloud storage, whether it's Amazon S3 or Google Cloud Storage.

Scraper APIs return data in a few formats, while Web Unblocker is limited.

  • Scraper APIs (SERP, E-Commerce, Web, Real Estate) are all-in-one web scraping infrastructures, allowing you to parse the retrieved data from most websites and get results in JSON and HTML formats.

  • Meanwhile, Web Unblocker is an advanced proxy solution that delivers data only in HTML format.

And the last key difference is billing.

The Web Unblocker clients are billed for both request and response traffic (in GB) of successful data extraction requests:

  • Request traffic is the data sent to the target URL,

  • Response traffic is the data received from the target URL.

To see more information about billing for Web Unblocker, click here.

As for the Scraper API products, customers are charged based on the number of successfully extracted results. Here, you can see further details and examples.

Both Scraper APIs and Web Unblocker have their own strengths and cater to different use cases. Scraper APIs offer various integration methods and data formats, including JSON, while Web Unblocker specializes in easy access to raw data from complex websites. Additionally, each product comes with its own pricing logic, allowing you to choose the option that aligns best with your requirements.

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