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Google Maps Scraping in Pure PHP

Good knowledge of coding, browser emulation, proxies, and reCAPTCHA solver are required for scraping Google Maps. Additionally, it would help if you were prepared to deal with any modifications Google may make to its dynamic content.

Initially, you will need to emulate the behavior of a real user via browser emulation. Therefore, using Selenium or other browser emulators could be an efficient option.

You must use proxies if you wish to protect your office/home IP address, thus, you can request websites from the IPs of other users.

Even with this array of tools, Google may present you with reCAPTCHA and bind it to some of your IPs if you have sufficient usage. You can add a  reCAPTCHA solver if you do not want to alter IPs whenever you encounter a reCAPTCHA.

Besides this, be prepared for the possibility that Google may alter its content. It can be achieved by conducting daily tests.

Even though implementing the scraper may take some time, it can be built and maintained. To learn how to scrape Google Maps using Python and Selenium, visit this step-by-step tutorial: How to Scrape Google Maps With Python and Selenium.

Google Maps Scraping With Outscraper PHP Package

A more robust way of scraping Google Maps will be using the Outscraper PHP library. It provides convenient access to the Outscraper API from applications written in the PHP language which allows you to use Outscraper’s services from your code.

You can start by installing the package and creating an account at Outscraper.

Installation

Composer

Install the Outscraper SDK via Composer. Run the following command:

				
					composer require outscraper/outscraper
				
			

To use the bindings, use Composer’s autoload:

				
					require_once('vendor/autoload.php');
				
			

Manual Installation

If you do not wish to use Composer, you can download the latest release. Then, to use the bindings, include the init.php file:

				
					require_once('/path/to/outscraper-php/init.php');
				
			

Initialization

Initialize the Outscraper client by importing the class and adding your secret API key. You can generate the API key on the profile page.

				
					$client = new OutscraperClient("SECRET_API_KEY");
				
			

Usage Examples

Here are examples of how you can scrape places from Google Maps by using search queries:

				
					# Search for businesses in specific locations:
$results = $client->google_maps_search_v2(['restaurants brooklyn usa'], limit: 20, language: 'en', region: 'us');

# Scrap Places by Two Queries
$results = $client->google_maps_search_v2(
    ['restaurants brooklyn usa', 'bars brooklyn usa'],
    limit: 50, # limit of palces per each query
    language: 'en',
    region: 'US',
);

# Iterate over the results
foreach ($results as &$query_places) {
    foreach ($query_places as &$place) {
        print($place['query']);
        print($place['name']);
        print($place['phone']);
        print($place['site']);
    }
};
				
			

It’s also possible to extract the data by using Place Id:

				
					# Get data of the specific place by id
$results = $client.google_maps_search_v2(['ChIJrc9T9fpYwokRdvjYRHT8nI4'], language: 'en');

# Scrap Places by Place Ids
$results = $client->google_maps_search_v2(
    ["ChIJ8ccnM7dbwokRy-pTMsdgvS4", "ChIJN5X_gWdZwokRck9rk2guJ1M", "ChIJxWLy8DlawokR1jvfXUPSTUE"],
    limit: 1, # limit of palces per each query
);

# Iterate over the results
foreach ($results as &$query_places) {
    foreach ($query_places as &$place) {
        print($place['query']);
        print($place['place_id']);
    }
};
				
			

Try Outscraper SDK Now

The Outscraper SDK is available for you to easily do Google Maps Scraping with PHP. You can try it right now with a Free Tier.

FAQ

Most frequent questions and answers

You can scrape Google Map results by using Outscraper SDK. Specify search queries, language, and other parameters, and send your request.

composer require outscraper/outscraper
require_once('vendor/autoload.php');
$client = new OutscraperClient("SECRET_API_KEY");
# Search for businesses in specific locations:
$results = $client->google_maps_search_v2(['restaurants brooklyn usa'], limit: 20, language: 'en', region: 'us');
# Scrap Places by Two Queries
$results = $client->google_maps_search_v2(
['restaurants brooklyn usa', 'bars brooklyn usa'],
limit: 50, # limit of palces per each query
language: 'en',
region: 'US',
);
# Iterate over the results
foreach ($results as &$query_places) {
foreach ($query_places as &$place) {
print($place['query']);
print($place['name']);
print($place['phone']);
print($place['site']);
}
};

Scraping Google Maps requires good knowledge of coding, browser emulation, proxies, and reCAPTCHA solver. Additionally, you should also be ready to deal with changes that Google might make to its dynamic content.

Google Maps disallow scraping. Although, scraping and extracting public data is protected by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution.

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