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Can I copy or "scrape" data from the Yelp site?

No – Yelp does not allow any “scraping” of the site, and does not permit the use of any third party software, including bots, browser plug-ins, or browser extensions (also called "add-ons"), that "scrapes" or copies Yelp reviews, business pages, photos or profile information. Such tools violate our Terms of Service, including many of the restrictions listed specifically in Section 6(b). Please read that section for full details, but to put it simply, you’re not allowed to:
  • Exploit the site by taking content for display or sale, even if you’ve modified it
  • Scrape or index any portion of the sIte through any means, including bots or spiders, or for any purpose
  • Record, process, or mine information about users
Any user who uses tools for such purposes is in violation of the Terms of Service – Yelp may restrict or terminate such users’ access to the site, and reserves all rights. Of course, you can share or embed reviews, or use content in other ways expressly authorized by Yelp, and we have a dataset available on our Yelp Dataset Challenge page (subject to certain restrictions).

In short: please don’t scrape our site!