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Is Web Scraping Legal

Is Web Scraping Legal?

Talking about whether web scraping is legal or not, some websites allow web scraping and some don’t. To know whether a website allows web scraping or not, you can look at the website’s “robots.txt” file. You can find this file by appending “/robots.txt” to the URL that you want to scrape. For this example, I am scraping Flipkart website. So, to see the “robots.txt” file, the URL is www.flipkart.com/robots.txt


Web scraping is just a tool you can use it in the right way or wrong way.


Web scrapping is illegal if someone tries to scrap the nonpublic data. Nonpublic data is not reachable to everyone; if you try to extract such data then it is a violation of the legal term.


There are several tools available to scrap data from websites, such as:

·         Scrapping-bot

·         Scrapper API

·         Octoparse

·         Import.io

·         Webhose.io

·         Dexi.io

·         Outwit

·         Diffbot

·         Content Grabber

·         Mozenda

·         Web Scrapper Chrome Extension