Screaming Frog Custom Extractions: A Guide to Extracting Crawl Data

Screaming Frog is a powerful SEO tool that has many features for search engine optimization. One of the lesser-known features, Screaming Frog Custom Extractions, allows you to easily extract data from your crawls. This blog post will discuss how Screaming Frog Custom Extraction works and why it can help improve your SEO efforts!

Screaming Frog Custom Extraction

Websites have a ton of helpful information—most times, it’s too laborious or complicated to visit every page on a website to copy product data, metadata, title tags, anchor text into a spreadsheet. Here is where Screaming Frog comes to the rescue with custom data extractions to automate the process. Custom extractions are a form of web scraping, web harvesting, or web data extraction used to scrape and extract data from websites, giving the ability to store it locally on your computer.

For beginners, some questions you might have:

What is the Screaming Frog SEO Spider?

The Screaming Frog SEO Spider software is a website crawler that improves onsite SEO by extracting and analyzing your website’s data using a graphical user interface (GUI).

What are custom extractions?

Custom extractions are a set of Screaming Frogs SEO spider functions to extract explicit information from web pages. These extractions help optimize your site for Technical SEO, including search results, gather essential data on your copy, and help locate and fix errors.

How is Data Extraction done?

The process of data extraction involves pulling the required data on your website using a Screaming Frog web spider. The information is saved within Screaming Frog’s memory, giving you the option to export your scanned results to Excel or Google Sheets for further review.

Why is Data Extraction critical?

Data extraction allows you to harvest large amounts of data quickly and efficiently. This automation gives you immediate results of web architecture. This process saves you time and resources while giving you the valuable data you’ll need to plan and strategize search engine optimization strategies.  

Screaming Frog is the go-to Web Scraper Tool for SEOs. The options are endless; here are a ton of custom web-scraping syntaxes.

How to Extract Custom Data using Screaming Frog

1. In ScreamingFrog, go to Configuration > Custom > Extraction.

Screaming Frog Custom Extraction
Screaming Frog Custom Extraction

2. Next, you will need to +Add and set up your extraction rules.

Custom Extraction Settings
Select elements of internal HTML using the Custom Extraction tab

3. Add a Title,
4. Select if you need CSSPath, XPath, or Regex,
5. Add your search function.

If you aren’t sure which selector or function you need, look at the examples below or use the inspect element function in Google Chrome Dev Tools. You can open Dev Tools by using “right-click” in the Google Chrome browser.


Here is an example of how you would scrape for a Facebook Pixel ID

Facebook Pixel ID Extraction
Facebook Pixel ID Extraction

In the Results, you can see, one of my pages is missing a Facebook Pixel:

Missing Facebook ID
Missing Facebook ID

Below are predefined custom extraction datasets to get you started.

Basic Syntax for using XPath Web Scraping

//Search anywhere in the document
/Search within the root
@Select a specific attribute of an element
*The wildcard is used to select any element.
[ ]Find a specific element.
.Specifies the current element
..Specifies the parent element

XPath functions

//h1Extract all H1 tags
//h3[1]Extract the first H3 tag
//h3[2]Extract the second H3 tag
//div/pExtract text – any <p> contained within a <div>
//div[@class='author']Extract any <div> with class “author”
//p[@class='bio']Extract any <p> with class “bio”
//*[@class='bio']Extract any element with class “bio”
//ul/li[last()]Extract the last <li> in a <ul>
//ol[@class='cat']/li[1]Extract the first <li> in a <ol> with class “cat”
count(//h2)Count the number of H2’s (set extraction filter to “Function Value”)
//a[contains(.,'click here')]Extract any link with anchor text containing “click here.”
//a[starts-with(@title,'Written by')]Extract any link with a title starting with “Written by.”

How to Extract Common HTML Elements

//@hrefExtract all links
//a[starts-with(@href,'mailto')]/@hrefExtract link that starts with “mailto” (email address)
//img/@srcExtract all image source URLs
//img[contains(@class,'aligncenter')]/@srcExtract all image source URLs for images with the class name containing “aligncenter.”
//link[@rel='alternate']Extract elements with the rel attribute set to “alternate.”
//@hreflangExtract all hreflang values

Extract Meta Tags (use inner HTML element)

//meta[@property='article:published_time']/@contentExtract the article publish date (commonly-found meta tag on WordPress websites)

Extract Open Graph

//meta[@property='og:type']/@contentExtract the Open Graph type object
//meta[@property='og:image']/@contentExtract the Open Graph featured image URL
//meta[@property='og:updated_time']/@contentExtract the Open Graph updated time

Extract Twitter Cards

//meta[@name='twitter:card']/@contentExtract the Twitter Card type
//meta[@name='twitter:title']/@contentExtract the Twitter Card title
//meta[@name='twitter:site']/@contentExtract the Twitter Card site object (Twitter handle)

Extract Schema Types

//*[@itemtype]/@itemtypeExtract all of the types of schema markup on a page

Extract Breadcrumb Schema

Here are the custom extractions you use to check breadcrumbs in Screaming Frog.

//*[contains(@itemtype,'BreadcrumbList')]/*[@itemprop]/a/@hrefExtract all breadcrumb links
//*[contains(@itemtype,'BreadcrumbList')]/*[@itemprop][1]/a/@hrefExtract the first breadcrumb link
//*[contains(@itemtype,'BreadcrumbList')]/*[@itemprop]Extract breadcrumb names (set extraction filter to “Extract Text”)
count(//*[contains(@itemtype,'BreadcrumbList')]/*[@itemprop])Count the number of breadcrumb list items (set extraction filter to “Function Value”)

Extract Product Schema

//*[@itemprop='name']/@contentExtract product name
//*[@itemprop='description']/@contentExtract product description
//*[@itemprop='price']/@contentExtract product price
//*[@itemprop='priceCurrency']/@contentExtract product currency
//*[@itemprop='availability']/@hrefExtract product availability
//*[@itemprop='sku']/@contentExtract product SKU

Extract Review Schema

//*[@itemprop='reviewCount']Extract review count
//*[@itemprop='ratingValue']Extract rating value
//*[@itemprop='bestRating']Extract best review rating
//*[@itemprop='review']/*[@itemprop='name']Extract review name
//*[@itemprop='review']/*[@itemprop='author']Extract review author
//*[@itemprop='review']/*[@itemprop='datePublished']/@contentExtract the publish date of reviews
//*[@itemprop='review']/*[@itemprop='reviewBody']Extract the body content of reviews

Extract Local Business & Organization Schema

//*[contains(@itemtype,'Organization')]/*[@itemprop='name']Extract the organization’s name
//*[@itemprop='address']/*[@itemprop='streetAddress']Extract the street address
//*[@itemprop='address']/*[@itemprop='addressLocality']Extract the address locality
//*[@itemprop='address']/*[@itemprop='addressRegion']Extract the address region
//*[@itemprop='telephone']Extract the telephone number
//*[@itemprop='sameAs']/@hrefExtract the “sameAs” links

Extract Article Schema

//*[contains(@itemtype,'Article')]/*[@itemprop='headline']Extract the article headline
//*[@itemprop='author']/*[@itemprop='name']/@contentExtract author name
//*[@itemprop='publisher']/*[@itemprop='name']/@contentExtract publisher name
//*[@itemprop='datePublished']/@contentExtract publish date
//*[@itemprop='dateModified']/@contentExtract modified date

Custom Data Extraction with Regex


.Match any 1 character
*Match preceding character 0 or more times
?Match preceding character 0 or 1 time
+Match preceding character 1 or more times


^The string begins with the succeeding character.
$The string ends with the preceding character.


( )Match enclosed characters in exact order
[ ]Match enclosed characters in any order
Match any characters within the specified range


\Treat character literally, not as regex.

Regex Custom Data Extraction

["'](UA-.*?)["']Extract the Google Analytics tracking ID
["'](AW-.*?)["']Extract the Google Ads conversion ID and/or remarketing tag
["'](GTM-.*?)["']Extract the Google Tag Manager and/or Google Optimize ID
fbq\(["']init["'], ["'](.*?)["']Extract the Facebook Pixel ID
\{ti:["'](.*?)["']\}Extract the Bing Ads UET tag
adroll_adv_id = ["'](.*?)["']Extract the AdRoll Advertiser ID
adroll_pix_id = ["'](.*?)["']Extract the AdRoll Pixel ID

Extract All Schema Markup and Schema Types

["']application/ld\+json["']>(.*?)</script>Extract all of the JSON-LD schema markup
["']@type["']: *["'](.*?)["']Extract all of the types of JSON-LD schema markup on a page

Extract Breadcrumb Schema

["']item["']: *\{["']@id["']: *["'](.*?)["']Extract breadcrumb links
["']item["']: *\{["']@id["']: *["'].*?["'], *["']name["']: *["'](.*?)["']Extract breadcrumb names

Extract Product Schema

["']@type["']: *["']Product["'].*?["']name["']: *["'](.*?)["']Extract product name
["']@type["']: *["']Product["'].*?["']description["']: *["'](.*?)["']Extract product description
["']@type["']: *["']Product["'].*?["']price["']: *["'](.*?)["']Extract product price
["']@type["']: *["']Product["'].*?["']priceCurrency["']: *["'](.*?)["']Extract product currency
["']@type["']: *["']Product["'].*?["']availability["']: *["'](.*?)["']Extract product availability
["']@type["']: *["']Product["'].*?["']sku["']: *["'](.*?)["']Extract product SKU

Extract Review Schema

["']reviewCount["']: *["'](.*?)["']Extract review count
["']ratingValue["']: *["'](.*?)["']Extract rating value
["']bestRating["']: *["'](.*?)["']Extract best rating

Extract Local Business & Organization Schema

["']@type["']: *["']Organization["'].*?["']name["']: *["'](.*?)["']Extract organization name
["']streetAddress["']: *["'](.*?)["']Extract the street address
["']addressLocality["']: *["'](.*?)["']Extract the address locality
["']addressRegion["']: *["'](.*?)["']Extract the address region
["']telephone["']: *["'](.*?)["']Extract the telephone number
["']sameAs["']: *\[(.*?)\]Extract the “sameAs” links

Extract Article or BlogPosting Schema

["']headline["']: *["'](.*?)["']Extract article headline
["']author["'].*?["']name["']: *["'](.*?)["']Extract author name
["']publisher["'].*?["']name["']: *["'](.*?)["']Extract publisher name
["']datePublished["']: *["'](.*?)["']Extract publish date
["']dateModified["']: *["'](.*?)["']Extract modified date

The possibilities are endless; please let me know if you want any extractions added to this list.

Published on: 2021-03-10
Updated on: 2022-06-09

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Isaac Adams-Hands is the SEO Director at SEO North, a company that provides Search Engine Optimization services. As an SEO Professional, Isaac has considerable expertise in On-page SEO, Off-page SEO, and Technical SEO, which gives him a leg up against the competition.