Welcome to DEiXTo!
DEiXTo (or ΔEiXTo) is a powerful web data extraction tool that is based on the W3C Document Object Model (DOM). It allows users to create highly accurate “extraction rules” (wrappers) that describe what pieces of data to scrape from a website. DEiXTo consists of three separate components:
- GUI DEiXTo, an MS Windows™ application implementing a friendly graphical user interface that is used to manage extraction rules (build, test, fine-tune, save and modify). This is all that you need for small scale extraction tasks.
- DEiXToBot, a Perl module implementing a flexible and efficient Mechanize agent (essentially a browser emulator) capable of extracting data of interest using GUI DEiXTo generated patterns. It contains the best of breed Perl technology and allows extensive customization. Thus, it facilitates tailor-made solutions.
- DEiXTo CLE (Command Line Executor), a stand-alone, DEiXToBot-based, cross-platform utility that can massively apply an extraction rule on multiple target pages and produce structured output in a variety of formats.
I used DEiXTo to build a server side data feeder for my mobile application. With the help of the DEiXTo team, it took me only 2 days to replace the static data of my Win Phone app with live data. Moreover, the data feeder runs free of charge 7/24 on deixto.com – no server hosting is required.
DEiXTo can contend with a wide range of websites with high precision and recall. It provides the user with an arsenal of features aiming at the construction of well-engineered extraction rules. Wrappers built with GUI DEiXTo can be scheduled to run automatically providing automated access to resources of interest and saving users a lot of time, energy and repetitive effort.