VPS stands for Virtual Private Server.
Scrapebox requires Windows to run, to my knowledge, and it’s ideal, if you’re doing a lot of scraping, to have a server with a strong internet connection, among other things.
You can run Scrapebox on your home PC, but your internet connection will get bogged down quickly, and severely, if you are doing a lot of scraping.
You can run your campaigns at night, while you’re sleeping, but it’s still not ideal, if you wanna experiment during the day.
Even if you’re on fiber optics, to my knowledge, it doesn’t compare to server strength bandwidth.
That’s the main benefit of using a VPS, but it’s also independent from your PC, so you don’t have to be concerned about CPU or RAM.
There are other benefits, of course, but it all boils down to the fact that it’s ideal to run Scrapebox on a Windows VPS Server.
In the past, I did a massive amount of research on this topic, and tried only a few solutions.
There are a lot of VPS companies that are overpriced, and do not honestly reveal the qualities of their servers.
Like the proxy space, this can be a very sketchy and confusing industry to navigate.
Big VPS Players in the Cloud:
- Google Compute Engine (GCE)
- Amazon Web Services (AWS)
- Microsoft Azure
These days, I pretty much use Google Cloud, exclusively.
I am familiar enough with GCE to be able to teach you guys about how I do things, so that’s what I’ll be using in these Scrapebox Tutorials, unless otherwise indicated.
If you are on another platform, I definitely cannot provide support.
You’ll just have to see what I’m doing in GCE, and I’m sure you won’t have any problems figuring it out on some other infrastructure.
To my knowledge, most of these companies use the same terminology, and have their frameworks setup similarly.
So, it should not be too different in other places, if you prefer another platform.
Preemtible Scrapebox VPS Setup
GCE Discounted VM for Scrapebox
Recommended Scrapebox VPS Specs
- Server Location should be closest to your location, I suppose
- Windows Server with Desktop Experience (latest year)
- Minimum of 2-core CPU (1-core MAY be possible)
- Minimum of 6gb RAM
- Minimum of 50gb Hard-drive (SSD is Optional, but Recommended)
- (optional) Preemptible VM
- Uncheck the box that says “delete boot-disk when VM is deleted”
- Download the RDC (RDP) file, and run it from your computer, NOT from the browser
- When you run Remote Desktop Connection (RDC) you need to make sure to click the more options types of dropdowns, and ensure that access to your clipboard is NOT checked (this is important for macro automation), unless you want to paste things from your PC to your VPS server, and also not use macro automation
- You also want to make sure that the RDC instance has access to one of your PC hard-drives, so that you can easily transfer files
- You can set the password to the VPS in the RDP dropdown arrow, on your VM page in your GCE account, next to your specific VM instance
Once your VM Boot Disk is setup, ready to go, and you are logged-in to your Windows VPS Server, then you will be set to start installing various programs you want on your drive.
Obviously, you’ll need a dedicated Scrapebox license, solely for this hard-drive.
If you need an extra license, be sure to contact Scrapebox Support, because I believe they may provide a discount for a second license.
They might even give you two, when you first purchase, but I don’t remember.
Programs You Need on your Scrapebox VM
- Scrapebox (duh)
- Mozilla Firefox (incognito)
- Pulover’s Macro Creator (optional)
- Auto-Hotkey (optional)
- Notepad++ (optional for text manipulation)
Once your VPS is setup, you’ve got some decent proxies, and you’ve got the right programs installed, then you are ready-to-go.
It takes a little practice, but in reality, it doesn’t really take that much time to setup, once you know what you’re doing.