No-Code Facebook API Data Scraper

Download Facebook Data to Excel & CSV Files

Scrape data from your web traffic after accessing facebook.com in full accordance with Facebook's Terms of Service. This is a generic tool that works with HAR Files intended for better inspecting network traffic and is no way specialized nor related to facebook.com.

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The Only Legal Facebook Scraper

If you’re looking to extract information from social media sites like Facebook, you’ll have some interesting options ranging from web scraping tools to highly specialized modules, such as ones that promise to scrape data from Facebook groups.

While some of these Facebook data scrapers may work once in a while, the one thing they’ll have in common is that they’re all illegal. This is because scraping Facebook is prohibited in its Terms of Service, meaning any third party who helps you violate their Terms is breaking the law, and lawsuits are already being filed.

Facebook API Scraper

So if we can’t violate the Facebook Terms of Service to scrape data, what is this webpage all about? Well thanks to a legal case in the 1980s, no company can prevent you from “recording” information that you were meant to see (think VHS tapes recording). So if we instead reframe the task of scraping data to instead simply “recording” the structured data from the Facebook API sends to your computer, we can legally help you obtain this data for personal use.

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This is done though our HAR File Web Scraper, which is available here on this page as a free trial and can help you collect high quality data from Facebook about your target audience. We’ll cover a few popular use cases below, but please feel free to explore using the tool on your own to see how it works.

Scraping Facebook Pages

The HAR File Web Scraper is good at scraping dynamic content that you typically scroll through on a page, like Facebook posts. To do this, simply browse to the Facebook Page you want to scrape, begin recording your web traffic, then scroll through the posts you want to collect data on. You should be able to collect the post text, author, metadata and ID. Using the Post ID, you can then construct the Post URL by simply adding the ID to this format (you’ll need to substitute the page name): https://www.facebook.com/PAGE_NAME/posts/POST_ID

Scraping Facebook Group Members

There are a few other pre-built Facebook group scrapers out there that typically will self-compromise your Facebook account and target a specific Group ID, but as we mentioned these all use automated access and are therefore illegal to use. Instead, we can suggest using the HAR File Web Scraper mentioned on this page to simply visit any Facebook Group in your browser, click on the “Members” tab, and then while recording your web traffic scroll through all the group members you want to collect.

It’s important to note that since you’re scraping a list of basic information, you will only be able to collect this limited data back (e.g. it’s typically just the name, link to profile photo, and user ID). You will NOT be able to scrape emails, contact details, or specific information like this using our service.

⚖️ Disclaimer: This application is meant to be accessed with the HAR File Web Scraper only. You may not directly access facebook.com using Stevesie or any other automated scraping platform. Learn more here: Is Data Scraping Legal? or check out Bright Data (affiliate link).
Posted by steve on Dec. 6, 2022, 6:32 a.m. 🚩  Report

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