A web crawler (also known in other terms like ants, automatic indexers, bots, web spiders, web robots or web scutters) is an automated program, or script, that methodically scans or “crawls” through web pages to create an index of the data it is set to look for. This process is called Web crawling or spidering.
There are various uses for web crawlers, but essentially a web crawler is used to collect/mine data from the Internet. Most search engines use it as a means of providing up-to-date data and to find what’s new on the Internet. Analytics companies and market researchers use web crawlers to determine customer and market trends in a given geography. In this article, we present top 50 open source web crawlers available on the web for data mining.
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