Skip to main content

How we compare to other web scraping APIs

Let's compare Scraping Fish to other web scraping APIs in terms of pricing.

APIProxy typeMonthly commitmentTrue API request1 cost2
Scraping FishMobile 4G/LTEPay as you go$0.0020
ScrapingAntResidentialMin. $19/mo$0.04753
ScrapingBeeResidential stealthMin. $49/mo$0.03683
ScraperAPIResidentialMin. $249/mo4$0.00873
1 How much you will actually pay for one request to the API, not for one API credit which is a misleading pricing system for customers
2 Cost per API call with the best available type of proxy and JS rendering enabled
3 Assuming that you use up all API credits available in your subscription within a month
4 Minimum plan to get access to residential proxies pool

note

Check results of web scraping API benchmark to compare selected APIs in terms of reliability, proxy quality, speed and cost.

Examples

Let's consider a few common monthly scraping volumes and use cases and compare the APIs cost:

Use caseScraping FishScrapingAntScrapingBeeScraperAPI
5,000 requests
residential/mobile proxy
without JS rendering
$10$49$49$49
5,000 requests
residential/mobile proxy
with JS rendering
$10$249$99$149
20,000 requests
residential/mobile proxy
without JS rendering
$40$249$99$149
20,000 requests
residential/mobile proxy
with JS rendering
$40?$99$149
120,000 requests
residential/mobile proxy
without JS rendering
$240?$249$299
120,000 requests
residential/mobile proxy
with JS rendering
$240?$999$299
400,000 requests
residential/mobile proxy
without JS rendering
$800?$999$999
400,000 requests
residential/mobile proxy
with JS rendering
$800?$999$999

Factors to consider

Pay as you go vs monthly supscription

With mandatory monthly subscription offered by other web scraping APIs, you have to commit to a number of API credits (that very loosely translate to actual API requests) renewed every month. If you don't use up all API credits from your monthly plan, the remaining credits will be lost. This is very inconvenient if your needs change from month to month.

In Scraping Fish, you can purchase any number of API requests, according to your needs. If you're interested in buying a larger number of requests, we will give you a discount and offer expiration time extended up to 3 months. In case, there's also an option for auto-renewals when you run out of API requests.

Proxy type

Scraping Fish gives you the best proxies you can get - 4G/LTE mobile proxies by default and with no additional cost. It is the best available type of proxy for web scraping because IP adresses in 4G/LTE proxies are used only for a short period of time and then changed.

Regular requests offered by other web scraping APIs rely on datacenter proxies which are often blacklisted and not applicable to most real world use cases. This means that you have to use premium residential proxies for which you can be charged even 30 times more and they are still not as good as Scraping Fish mobile proxies.

JavaScript rendering

In Scraping Fish, you can scrape with JS rendering with no additional cost. Each successful request you make is worth exacly 1 API request. The simplest possible pricing. No unexpected or hidden costs.

If you want to render JS in other web scraping APIs, they will charge you up to 5 times more for each request.

Try Scraping Fish API

To test Scraping Fish API, you can buy a pack of 1,000 requests for just $2.

Buy Requests