Phone, Fax Harvester Module:

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WDE - Phone, Fax Harvester module is designed to spider the web for fresh Tel, FAX numbers targeted to the group that you want to market your product or services to. There are millions of websites on the internet today and most of which are businesses that list their telephone, fax number as a point of contact. WDE can extract tel, fax numbers from website, search results, web directories, list of urls from local file. It specializes in harvesting tel, fax numbers from web.

It has various limiters of scanning range - url filter, page text filter, phone/fax filter, domain filter - using which you can extract only the data you actually need from web pages, instead of extracting all the phone, fax present there, as a result, you create your own custom and targeted data base of phone/fax collection. You can specify various filters to help insure that the phone, fax numbers harvested are extremely targeted to your market. A powerful phone, fax harvester/extraction tools for responsible tel/fax marketing.

You can setup different type of extraction with this UNIQUE spider, link extractor:

Key words:

WDE spiders 18+ Search engines for right web sites and get data from them.

Quick Start:

Select "Search Engines" source - Enter keyword - Click OK

What WDE Does: WDE will query 18+ popular search engines, extract all matching URLs from search results, remove duplicate URLs and finally visits those websites and extract data from there.

You can tell WDE how many search engines to use. Click "Engines" button and uncheck listing that you do not want to use. You can add other engine sources as well.

WDE send queries to search engines to get matching website URLs. Next it visits those matching websites for data extraction. How many deep it spiders in the matching websites depends on "Depth" setting of "External Site" tab.


Here you need to tell WDE - how many levels to dig down within the specified website. If you want WDE to stay within first page, just select "Process First Page Only". A setting of "0" will process and look for data in whole website. A setting of "1" will process index or home page with associated files under root dir only.

For example: WDE is going to visit URL for data extraction.

Lets say has following text/html pages:


WDE is powerful and fully featured unique spider! You need to decide how deep you want WDE to look for data.

WDE can retrieve: Set options:
Only matching URL page of search ( URL #6 ) Select "Process First Page Only"
Entire milk dir (URL #6 - 10 ) Select "Depth=0" and check "Stay within Full URL"
Entire site Select "Depth=0"
Only page Select "Process First Page Only" and
check "Spider Base URL Only"
Only root dir file (URL #1 - 3) Select "Depth=1"
Only URL #1 - 5 Select "Depth=2"

Stop Site on First Email Found:
Each website is structured differently on the server. Some websites may have only few files and some may have thousands of files. So sometimes you may prefer to use "Stop Site on First Email Found" option. For example: you set WDE to go entire site and WDE found email in #2 URL (support.htm) . If you tell WDE to "Stop Site on First email Found then it will not go for other pages (#3-12)

Spider Base URL Only:
With this option you can tell WDE to process always the Base URLs of external sites. For example: in above case, if an external site found like then WDE will grab only base It will not visit unless you set such depth that covers also milk dir.

Ignore Case of URLs:
Set this option to avoid duplicate URLs like
These 2 URLs are same. When you set to ignore URLs case, then WDE convert all URLs to lowercase and can remove duplicate URLs like above. However - some servers are case-sensitive and you should not use this option on those special sites.


Enter website URL and extract all data found in that site

Quick Start:

Select 2nd option "WebSite/Dir/Groups" - Enter website URL - Select Depth - Click OK

What WDE Does: WDE will retrieve html/text pages of the website according to the Depth you specified and extract all data found in those pages.

# By default, WDE will stay only the current domain.

# WDE can also follow external sites!

If you want WDE to retrieve files of external sites that are linked from starting site specified in "General" tab, then you need to set "Follow External URLs" of "External Site" tab. In this case, by default, WDE will follow external sites only once, that is - (1) WDE will process starting address and (2) all external sites found in starting address. It will not follow all external sites found in (2) and so on...

WDE is powerful, if you want WDE to follow external sites with unlimited loop, select "Unlimited" in "Spider External URls Loop" combo box, and remember you need to manually stop WDE session, because this way WDE can travel entire internet.


Choose yahoo, google or other directory and get all data from there.

Quick Start & What WDE Does:

Lets say you want to extract data of all companies listed at

Action #1A:
Select 2nd option "WebSite/Dir/Groups" - enter this URL in "Starting Address" box - select "Process First Page Only"

Or, lets say you want to extract data of all companies listed at
plus all down level folders like

Action #1B:
Select 2nd option "WebSite/Dir/Groups" - enter URL in "Starting Address" box - select Depth=0 and "Stay within Full URL" option.

With these actions WDE will download page and optionally all down level pages and will build a URLs list of companies listed there.

Now you want WDE to visit all those URLs and extract all data found in those sites.

Action #2:
So after either above action you must move to "External Site" tab and check "Follow External URLs" option. (Remember: this setting tells WDE to process/follow/visit all URLs found while processing "Starting Address" of "General" tab).

List of URL:

Enter hundreds/thousands of URLs to extract data found on those sites.

Quick Start:
Select 3rd option "URLs from File" - Enter file name that contains all URLs list - Select Depth - Click OK

What WDE Does: WDE will scan the contents of specified file. This file must have URL line-by-line, other format is not supported, WDE will accept only lines that starts with http:// text like

You can also enter urls pointing to specific html file or folder like

Also it will not accept URLs that point to image/binary files, because those files will not have any data.

After building unique URL list form above file, WDE will process website one-by-one according to the depth you specify.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I set fax / phone filter?

Go to New Session dialog - Filters - Data Filter box and use this Fax/Phone filter option to extract country / area specific fax/phone numbers only. For example: you want to extract fax starting with US area code '866' , so enter '866' and '1866' line by line in Fax filter box, like:

Why 1866 ? because some fax in the web page may appear starting with "1" like 1-866-455-344 or +1.866.455.344

(Please note: you MUST NOT use '-' or '.' or () chars in fax / phone filter because WDE compares filter against formatted numbers that contain no special symbols but they are only numbers. )

Does this extractor require 'Internet Explorer'?

No. It doesn't require any third party software/library.

I set-up a project with "URLs from File" extraction, enter the filename - but WDE can not find any link in the file?

Make sure the file exist in disk. The file must have URL line-by-line, other format is not supported, WDE will accept only lines that starts with http:// text. Also WDE will not accept URLs that point to image/binary files, because those files will not have any text data to extract.

When I aim this extractor at I would expect to see all links listed there with descriptions. How come?

After entering in starting address box, move to "External Site" tab and check "Follow External URLs" option. This option tells 'Web Data Extractor' to visit all linked site and extract title and other info

When I run WDE link extractor, it sucks all my computer power, screen is hardly refreshing?

It seems you are using high number of threads. Decrease the thread value to "5" in "New Session - Other" tab. WDE can launch multiple threads simultaneously. But remember, too high a thread setting may be too much for your computer and/or internet connection to handle it and also puts an unfair load on the host server which may slow the process down.

Can I resume an interrupted session in WDE?

Yes. Use 'File - Open' command to open a previously stopped session.

How I can add search engine listing other than those specified in Engine Listing dialog?

It is easy. In "URL" field type the search query URL. Replace the search keyword part with WDE syntax {ldelim}SEARCH_KEYWORD{rdelim}

For Example: an AOL query URL with "Flower Shop" search is:

You just replace Flower+Shop part with {ldelim}SEARCH_KEYWORD{rdelim} like following:{ldelim}SEARCH_KEYWORD{rdelim}

After adding the new engine list, click "Save" button.