Web scraper vs. crawler ?

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Web scraper vs. crawler ?

by leegold2 on Tue Aug 20, 2013 12:52 pm


I wondered if compare and contrast imacros compared to a what's usually called a web crawler. It seems to me imacros is mostly a web scraper were I target what I want and imacros retrieves it. I've used Imacros to do this and IMO it's easily the best at this.

But what if I want to archive or copy a whole site, then I'd need a tool that recursively follows all links in a site and, hopefully it's javascript aware, and retrieves a copy of the site. Wouldn't that be a web crawler tool?

Am I correct in making this distinction? Different tools for different purposes?

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