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Data Miner Tutorials

Scraping Web Pages and Basic Tables:

In 10 minutes you'll understand Data Miner basics, like how to scrape simple data using public recipes and right clicking. As well as downloading and saving the data.

Watch The 3 Minute Tutorial

Lessons Approximate
1) Using Public Recipes 3 Minutes
2) Automated Page Navigation 5 Minutes
3) Right Click and Basic Tables 2 Minutes

Multi Page Scraping and Automation:

In 30 minutes you will be able to extract large collections of data and do multi-layer scraping by creating a Data Miner Job

Watch The 8 Minute Tutorial

Lessons Approximate
4) Finding The Right Recipe 5 Minutes
5) Multi Layered Scrapes with Jobs premium 15 Minutes
6) Advanced Job Settings premium 10 Minutes

Writing Custom Recipes:

Learn how to write custom recipes and use Javascript to modify the data that you scrape. With these tools you will be able to filter data, split names, click buttons and scrape any site.

Watch The Full Tutorial

Lessons Approximate
7) Rows and Columns 10 Minutes
8) Creating your own Recipes 20 Minutes
9) Javascript Snippets premium 60 Minutes

Lesson 1: Using Public Recipes

Public Recipe Picture
Updated: 4/14/2018 by David
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Key Points

  • Public Recipes are data extraction rules used to scrape website data.
  • Data Miner has over 40,000 Public Recipes.
  • Recipes are filtered for the site you are on.
  • Recipes are built by the Data Miner community.
  • Save recipes for quick access later.
Data Miner Example

To use a Public Recipe, you must first find the data you want to scrape. Data Mine can only extract data when it's visible in your browser.

Next, open up the data miner extension and find the recipe that best describes your data. Then click on it.

Once the recipe runs, click Download and open it in excel.

Practice Now

  • Navigate to: Data Miner Sandbox
  • Open: Data Miner
  • Click: * Sandbox - Scrape
  • Celebrate! And Download

Lesson 2: Automated Page Navigation

Public Recipe Picture
Updated: 4/18/2018 by Ben
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Key Points

  • Next Page automates scraping between multiple pages.
  • Next Page is located in the top panel of Data Miner.
  • Recipe Creator is where you can build Navigation.
  • You can change the speed for slower internet connections.
pagination example

Multiple page results is very common for search pages. Data Miner can automatically click and scrape multiple pages by finding the next page button and clicking it.

pagination example

To start Next Page, select a search recipe that has Next Page set up (indicated by a book symbol). Then in the top panel of th Data Miner Viewer, click Next Page, then Start and watch the rows accumulate.

pagination example

Once you've accumulated enough rows, simply press Stop.

Practice Now

  • Repeat Lesson 1: Data Miner Sandbox
  • Click: Start
  • Accumulate Rows!
  • Click: Stop Pagination

Lesson 3: Right Click and Basic Tables

Public Recipe Picture
Updated: 4/12/2018 by David
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Key Points

  • Works on simple tables.
  • Quickly scrapes by highlighting and right clicking.
  • First step to writing your own recipe

For basic tables, you won't even need to select a recipe. Data Miner is capable of analysing basic tables and extracting data automatically with right clicking.

Once the table has been analyzed and scraped, download the data and click save to use later.

Practice Now

    On the table below:

  • Using your mouse: highlight a row.
  • Right-click: the row.
  • Select: Data Miner - Get Similar.
  • Click: download to save the file.
Fruits Qty Price
Banana 12 $4.60
Apples 3 $1.10
Orange 8 $7.00
Kiwi 3 $4.50