Build and Run a Shopify Scraper: Code and No Code Approaches

This article outlines a few methods to scrape Shopify by building a Shopify scraper and more. This could effectively export Shopify product data to Excel or other formats for easier access and use.

There are two methods to scrape Shopify stores:

  1. Build a Shopify product Scraper in Python or JavaScript
  2. Using the ScrapeHero Cloud, Shopify Scraper, a no-code tool

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Building a Shopify Scraper in Python/JavaScript

This section will guide you on how to scrape Shopify using either Python or JavaScript. We will utilize the browser automation framework called Playwright to emulate browser behavior in our code.

One of the key advantages of this approach is its ability to bypass common blocks often put in place to prevent scraping. However, familiarity with the Playwright API is necessary to use it effectively.

You could also use Python Requests, LXML, or BeautifulSoup to build a Shopify scraper without using a browser or a browser automation library. But bypassing the anti scraping mechanisms put in place can be challenging and is beyond the scope of this article.

Here are the steps to scrape Shopify product data using Playwright:

Step 1: Choose Python or JavaScript as your programming language.
Step 2: Install Playwright for your preferred language:

Step 3: Write your code to emulate browser behavior and extract the desired data from Shopify using the Playwright API. You can use the code provided below:

This code shows how to build and run a Shopify scraper using the Playwright library in Python and JavaScript.
The corresponding scripts have two main functions:

  1. run function: This function takes a Playwright instance as an input and performs the scraping process. The function launches a Chromium browser instance, navigates to the homepage of the Shopify store, fills in a search query, clicks the search button, and waits for the results to be displayed on the page. The save_data function is then called to extract the review details and store the data in the shopify_scraper.json file.
  2. parse_product_page function: This function takes a Playwright page object as input and returns a list of dictionaries containing product details. The details include each product’s title, subtitle, sale price, listing price, and URL.

Finally, the main function uses the async_playwright context manager to execute the run function. A JSON file containing the listings of the Shopify script you just executed would be created.

Step 4: Run your code for the Shopify Scraper and collect the scraped data.

Using No-Code Shopify Scraper by ScrapeHero Cloud

The Shopify Scraper by ScrapeHero Cloud is convenient for scraping product data from Shopify. It provides an easy, no-code method for scraping data, making it accessible for individuals with limited technical skills. This section will guide you through the steps to set up and use the Shopify scraper.
  1. Sign up or log in to your ScrapeHero Cloud account.
  2. Go to the Shopify scraper by ScrapeHero Cloud in the marketplace.
  3. Add the scraper to your account. (Don’t forget to verify your email if you haven’t already.)
  4. You need to add the Shopify store URL to start the scraper. If it’s just a single query, enter it in the field provided and choose the number of pages to scrape. You can get the Shopify store URL from the website’s address bar.insert the URL from address bar to the Shopify Scraper from ScrapeHero Cloud
  5. To scrape results for multiple queries, switch to Advance Mode, and in the Input tab, add the Shopify store URL to the SearchQuery field and save the settings.
  6. To start the scraper, click on the Gather Data button.
  7. The scraper will start fetching data for your queries, and you can track its progress under the Jobs tab.
  8. Once finished, you can view or download the data from the same.
  9. You can also export the Shopify product data into an Excel spreadsheet from here. Click on the Download Data, select “Excel,” and open the downloaded file using Microsoft Excel.

Also Read: Web Scraping using Playwright in Python and JavaScript

Uses Cases of Shopify Scraper

If you’re unsure as to why you should scrape Shopify, here are a few use cases where this data would be helpful:

Pricing Comparison

You can comprehensively understand your competitors’ pricing strategies by scraping product data. You’ll see what they’re charging for similar products, allowing you to benchmark your prices against theirs.

This information can help you develop a pricing strategy that’s both competitive and profitable.

Lead Generation

Scraped product data can reveal shopping patterns, preferred products, and purchasing frequencies of customers. By identifying and understanding these behaviors, you can tailor your marketing efforts to attract new customers.

Whether offering similar products, running targeted promotions, or simply understanding customers’ interests, scraped data can fuel effective lead-generation campaigns.

Market Trend Analysis

Data scraping allows you to identify what products are in demand and popular among consumers. This is achieved by observing the frequency of purchases and the number of reviews for different products.

By aligning your product offerings with these trends, you can better cater to customer demand and optimize your inventory.

Product Performance Monitoring

Scraped data provides an efficient way to track product performance across multiple Shopify stores. It allows you to monitor variables like sales volume, frequency of purchases, and customer reviews.

This information can provide insights into how your products perform compared to others and help you make informed decisions regarding inventory management, pricing, and marketing strategies.

SEO Improvement

Scraping competitors’ Shopify sites can yield valuable information about their SEO practices. This includes elements like meta descriptions, headlines, and keyword usage. Understanding what works for top-ranking products can guide your own SEO strategies.

You can use similar techniques to optimize your product listings, improve your site’s visibility, drive more traffic, and ultimately increase sales.

Frequently Asked Questions

Shopify scraping extracts product data from a Shopify website selling any range of products. This process facilitates pricing comparison, product performance monitoring, lead generation, etc.

Legality depends on the legal jurisdiction, i.e., laws specific to the country and the locality. Gathering or scraping publicly available information is not illegal. 

Generally, Web scraping is legal if you are scraping publicly available data.
Please refer to our Legal Page to learn more about the legality of web scraping.

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