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Beautiful Soup vs. Scrapy

proxiesapi profile image Mohan Ganesan Originally published at ・2 min read

We always wanted to make a comparison between both of these libraries we have used extensively and even written extensively about.

We love both of them, and sometimes, I fire up one or the other without almost any thought, especially for smaller, quick ones. Scrapy is the one we lean towards when it is a massive web scraping project, and beautiful soup is quicker to get going with for smaller hacks.

Here is how they compare in our opinion
Both of these can be used well combined, in our opinion.

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