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Facebook Groups Scraper

Facebook Groups Scraper

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Extract data from one or multiple public Facebook groups. Get group and post URLs, post text, comments, timestamp, likes and comments count, and basic commentator info. Download the data in JSON, CSV, and Excel and use it in apps, spreadsheets, and reports.

What is Facebook Groups Scraper?

It's a simple and powerful tool that allows you to extract data from public Facebook groups. To get that data, just insert the group page URL and click "Save & Start" button.

What Facebook group data can I extract?

With this Facebook API, you will be able to extract the following data from Facebook:

👥 Group URL📃 Post text and URL
🕐 Timestamp 👍 Likes&comments count

Why scrape Facebook groups?

Scraping public Facebook groups can automate data collection and help you to:

🤔 Spot shifts in customer attitudes

🔍 Convey market research

📱 Analyze social media phenomena and their influence

🤬 Identify hot spots of misinformation, fake news and hate speech

How do I use Facebook Groups Scraper?

Facebook Groups Scraper was designed to be easy to start with even if you've never extracted data from the web before. Here's how you can scrape Facebook data with this tool:

  1. Create a free Apify account using your email.
  2. Open Facebook Groups Scraper.
  3. Add one or more public Facebook group URLs to scrape its posts.
  4. Click "Start" and wait for the data to be extracted.
  5. Download your data in JSON, XML, CSV, Excel, or HTML.

If you need guidance on how to run the scraper, you can follow our step-by-step tutorial 🔗

What's the difference between a public and a private Facebook group?

A public Facebook group is a group that is visible to anyone on Facebook and anyone can join without needing to be approved by an administrator. Posts made in a public group are also visible to anyone on Facebook. A private Facebook group is a group that is not visible to the general public and only members who have been approved by an administrator can see the group and its posts.

Input

The input for Facebook Groups Scraper should be URLs of public Facebook groups you want to scrape posts from. Click on the input tab for a full explanation of an input example in JSON.

1{
2  "persistCookiesPerSession": false,
3  "proxy": {
4    "useApifyProxy": true,
5    "apifyProxyGroups": [
6      "RESIDENTIAL"
7    ]
8  },
9  "resultsLimit": 1000,
10  "startUrls": [
11    {
12      "url": "https://www.facebook.com/groups/germtheory.vs.terraintheory"
13    }
14  ],
15  "useSessionPool": true,
16  "viewOption": "",
17  "maxRequestRetries": 10
18}
19...

Output sample

The results will be wrapped into a dataset which you can find in the Storage tab. Here's an excerpt from the dataset you'd get if you apply the input parameters above:

Facebook groups scraping

And here is the same data but in JSON. You can choose in which format to download your Facebook data: JSON, JSONL, Excel spreadsheet, HTML table, CSV, or XML.

1[
2  {
3  "facebookUrl": "https://www.facebook.com/groups/germtheory.vs.terraintheory",
4  "id": "UzpfSTEwMDAzOTAzNTk1NjYzNDpWSzo2MjY1OTkyNTE2ODExMDM3",
5  "feedbackId": "ZmVlZGJhY2s6NjI2NTk5MjUxNjgxMTAzNw==",
6  "user": {
7    "id": "pfbid0KXyYXC9nmsqUhrg2btvzvVRpNmUjdfriBFigztn7XNhE1hWVHzuigPX9nqpxu3u6l",
8    "name": "Ryan Paps",
9    "profileUrl": "https://www.facebook.com/ryan.paps.94",
10    "profilePic": "https://scontent-msp1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t39.30808-1/227521685_528650028446191_6241547349257445408_n.jpg?stp=cp0_dst-jpg_p40x40&_nc_cat=105&ccb=1-7&_nc_sid=7206a8&_nc_ohc=4rKnQxOvOtoAX-l4ENT&_nc_ht=scontent-msp1-1.xx&oh=00_AfCkHM1vmLSZza_L0KEQHJcanCvo0bz7AENHHzXlHik2gQ&oe=64332818"
11  },
12  "date": "2023-03-23T13:51:14.000Z",
13  "url": "https://www.facebook.com/groups/germtheory.vs.terraintheory/posts/6265992516811037/",
14  "text": "Lets say someone has 3 months to live with cancer. What immediate advice would you give them to implement right away to prolong their existence",
15  "attachments": [
16    {
17      "__typename": "Photo",
18      "photo_image": {
19        "uri": "https://scontent-msp1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t39.30808-6/337400651_588356273005165_4266624846195676380_n.jpg?stp=dst-jpg_p180x540&_nc_cat=104&ccb=1-7&_nc_sid=5cd70e&_nc_ohc=oWx0CT6rvxwAX-D_p1v&_nc_ht=scontent-msp1-1.xx&oh=00_AfDF-c31knpZbveCFrHzeFWQ7y7F36LlOHKf2ulqAEZb2w&oe=6433DA59",
20        "height": 540,
21        "width": 810
22      },
23      "__isMedia": "Photo",
24      "accent_color": "FF665254",
25      "photo_product_tags": [],
26      "url": "https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=916459069665283&set=gm.6265992516811037&type=3",
27      "id": "916459069665283",
28      "ocrText": "May be a closeup of flower"
29    }
30  ],
31  "likesCount": 72,
32  "commentsCount": 100  
33  }
34]
35...

How many results can you scrape with Facebook Groups scraper?

Facebook Groups scraper can return up to 5000 results. However, you have to keep in mind that scraping facebook.com has many variables to it and may cause the results to fluctuate case by case. There’s no one-size-fits-all-use-cases number. The maximum number of results may vary depending on the complexity of the input, location, and other factors. Some of the most frequent cases are:

  • website gives a different number of results depending on the type/value of the input
  • website has an internal limit that no scraper can cross
  • scraper has a limit that we are working on improving

Therefore, while we regularly run Actor tests to keep the benchmarks in check, the results may also fluctuate without our knowing. The best way to know for sure for your particular use case is to do a test run yourself.

How much will scraping Facebook Groups cost you?

When it comes to scraping, it can be challenging to estimate the resources needed to extract data as use cases may vary significantly. That's why the best course of action is to run a test scrape with a small sample of input data and limited output. You’ll get your price per scrape, which you’ll then multiply by the number of scrapes you intend to do.

Watch this video for a few helpful tips. And don't forget that choosing a higher plan will save you money in the long run.

Want to scrape Facebook photos or reviews?

You can use the dedicated scrapers below if you want to scrape specific Facebook data. Each of them is built particularly for the relevant Facebook scraping case be it posts, pages, comments or search. Feel free to browse them:

📢 Facebook Ads Scraper👍 Facebook Likes and Reactions Scraper
🚩 Facebook Pages Scraper🌟 Facebook Reviews Scraper
🕵️‍♀️ Facebook Search Scraper🏞 Facebook Photos Scraper
💬 Facebook Comments Scraper📱 Facebook Pages Info Scraper
#️⃣ Facebook Hashtag Scraperℹ️ Facebook Page Posts Checker
🗓 Facebook Events Scraper📝 Facebook Posts Scraper

Not your cup of tea? Build your own scraper

Facebook Groups Scraper doesn’t exactly do what you need? You can always build your own! We have various scraper templates in Python, JavaScript, and TypeScript to get you started. Alternatively, you can write it from scratch using our open-source library Crawlee. You can keep the scraper to yourself or make it public by adding it to Apify Store (and find users for it).

Or let us know if you need a custom scraping solution.

Integrations and Facebook Groups Scraper

Last but not least, Facebook Groups Scraper can be connected with almost any cloud service or web app thanks to integrations on the Apify platform. You can integrate with Make, Zapier, Slack, Asana, Airbyte, GitHub, Google Sheets, Google Drive, and more.

You can also use webhooks to carry out an action whenever an event occurs, e.g., get a notification whenever Facebook Groups Scraper successfully finishes a run.

Using Facebook Groups Scraper with the Apify API

The Apify API gives you programmatic access to the Apify platform. The API is organized around RESTful HTTP endpoints that enable you to manage, schedule, and run Apify actors. The API also lets you access any datasets, monitor actor performance, fetch results, create and update versions, and more. To access the API using Node.js, use the apify-client NPM package. To access the API using Python, use the apify-client PyPI package.

Check out the Apify API reference docs for full details or click on the API tab for code examples.

Our Facebook scrapers are ethical and do not extract any private user data, such as email addresses, gender, or location. They only extract what the user has chosen to share publicly. However, you should be aware that your results could contain personal data. You should not scrape personal data unless you have a legitimate reason to do so.

If you're unsure whether your reason is legitimate, consult your lawyers. You can also read our blog post on the legality of web scraping and ethical scraping.

Your feedback

We’re always working on improving the performance of our Actors. So if you’ve got any technical feedback for Facebook Groups Scraper or simply found a bug, please create an issue on the Actor’s Issues tab in Apify Console.

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  • Created in Nov 2022
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