Starbelly is a user-friendly and highly configurable web crawler front end. Compared to other crawling systems, such as Nutch or Scrapy, Starbelly trades off lower scalability for improved usability. Starbelly eschews the arcane configuration files and custom code required for other crawling systems, favoring a GUI for configuration and managment. Starbelly exposes all of its features and data through an efficient API, allowing you to build crawling-based systems on top of it. For example, you might plug in an Elastic Search backend to build a custom search engine, or plug in a scraper to create a data collection pipeline.

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