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How to set Seed URLs?

Seed URLs allow a user to specify a list of URLs that must be crawled by the Web Scraper. If you only want the Seed URLs scraped select the Disable crawling option in the Scrape Options tab.

To set Seed URLs on the Target Websites tab, click the Add Target button then click the Set Seed URLs option and specify each URL to scrape on a separate line.

Create seed URL's from a Template URL

Alternatively you can automatically generate seed URL's by using a Template URL, this is a single URL that includes a URL variable. A URL Variable specifies a range of numbers to be iterated over.

{{start number|finish number|iterate number}}

  • start number the number that the URL Variable starts at
  • end number the number that the URL Variable ends at
  • iterate number the number that the URL Variable iterates by

The start number is the number that the URL variable should start counting at, the finish number is the number that the URL variable will stop counting at, the iterate number is the number that the number will increase for every iteration of the URL variable.

For instance for the following Template URL http://www.example.com/search?pageNo={{1|3|1}}

This will then create the following seed URLs:

  • http://www.example.com/search?pageNo=1
  • http://www.example.com/search?pageNo=2
  • http://www.example.com/search?pageNo=3
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