Screpto
Quick StartExtensionPricingBlogSign in

Quick Start

Let's get you up to speed with everything you need to build your first web scraping project using Screpto - It all takes only a minute or two!

Install extension

Visit our extension page in the Chrome web store via the link below and click Add extension.

Visit Chrome store

Open devtools

After successfully adding the extension, right click and select Inspect to open the devtools then open Screpto's panel.

ctrl + alt + J

Watch tutorial

Access account

Complete installation by signing up (if you are new to Screpto) or logging into your account.

Watch tutorial

Create a new task

You're now ready to create your first task and to do so, simply click on New Task button.

Watch tutorial

Customize task structure

In this example, we're going to customize our task so that it contains two data types that will store data we later select from this page.

  1. Open settings menu of the object named data by clicking on the three dots icon
  2. Add one object and two arrays
  3. Rename the object to general by clicking on and replacing the automatically generated name
  4. Rename the other two arrays to headline and articles respectively.
Watch tutorial

Select elements from a page

Now that we have our task the way we want it, we can start selecting elements and adding them to our object general:

  1. Toggle the icon inside the object general to enable selection of elements from page.
  2. Point and click on all the examples below
  3. Hit Enter to end selection or Esc to discard it.

The examples 👇

Example string


1234


Haha yes
Link
Watch tutorial

Multi-select similar elements

After successfully filling our general object, it's time to add the headline in the table below inside our headline array in bulk.

  1. Toggle the icon inside the array headline to enable selection of elements from page.
  2. Point and click on the first title in the table below
  3. While hovering over the first title, press and hold ctrl
  4. All similar elements should be highlighted, confirm selection by clicking the first title once again.
  5. Hit Enter to end selection or Esc to discard it.
First title: Germany's State Distance-Learning University
Second title: Unlimited is like a Ponzi Scheme
Third title: Why I Wrote “The Crucible” (1996)
Fourth title: Why radio receivers won’t tune 800-900 MHz
Fifth title: MicroStrategy will have 0.3% of all Bitcoin supply by the end of 2020
Sixth title: Casio Graphing Scientific Calculator Fx-9860GIII Comes with MicroPython
Seventh title: An anti-book recommendation tool, to help you escape your echo chamber
Eighth title: Linux binary compatible unikernel for virtualized environments
Nineth title: Goodreads plans to retire API access, disables existing API keys
Tenth title: The State of Linux Debuggers
Watch tutorial

Duplication and element updating

Now that we have all of our headlines inside the headline array, we would also like to extract another attribute from the same elements. To do so:

  1. Open the headline array's settings menu by clicking the three dots icon and click duplicate
  2. Rename the newly created array to link
  3. select all the elements inside the link array until all are highlighted in a blue color
  4. Change the selected attribute from content to title.
  5. Collapse the link array
Watch tutorial

Organizing and merging elements

Using drag-and-drop feature, we can move elements anywhere to get the result we want. In this example, we will move both the headline and link arrays inside articles and merge them.

  1. Collapse all the elements
  2. Drag and drop the headline array inside articles
  3. Drag and drop the link array inside articles
  4. Click on the merging icon once it appears on the articles element.
Watch tutorial

Preview results

Preview results of your selection at all times by simply clicking the eye icon

option+V

Watch tutorial

Run task on the cloud

One more step to finalize your task, let's configure your task and launch it to run periodically on the cloud.

  • Go to task settings by clicking on the icon
  • Enable Javascript rendering
  • Change schedule to run every week
  • Click Create task
Watch tutorial

Tada! 🎉

You're ready to create more tasks.