Challenge To Scrape A Page With VBA


New Member
Jul 5, 2020
Office Version
  1. 2019
  1. Windows
I am trying to scrape and extract data from the link below by writing code in vba in excel:

.:TSETMC:. :: دیده بان بازار پیشرفته

I used different techniques:

  • MSXML2.XMLHTTP60 it does not work
  • MSXML2.ServerXMLHTTP60 it does not work
  • SHDocVw.InternetExplorer beside it is too slow, it rarely works.
In Facts, when I open the link in Firefox or chrome, the page is ok and it is displayed correctly but when I request the page through "MSXML2.XMLHTTP60" or "MSXML2.ServerXMLHTTP60", the returned response is completely different from what it must be.

I should say that other links of this site have the similar behavior, for example: .:TSETMC:. :: اطلاعات نماد.

I guess the site is designed dynamically and uses JavaScript to load contents during the loading procedure. Also, when using excel vba, it seems that the server recognizes that the request is not sent from a browser.

Please help to find a solution and scrape the table in the mentioned URL.

Sub CreateMainList()

Dim MainURL As String
Dim HTMLDoc As New MSHTML.HTMLDocument
Dim MainDiv As MSHTML.IHTMLElement
Dim MainDivChildren As MSHTML.IHTMLElementCollection
Dim Res As String
Dim price As Integer

'MainURL = ThisWorkbook.Worksheets("Home").Range("C2").Value
MainURL = ".:TSETMC:. :: دیده بان بازار پیشرفته"

XMLReq.Open "GET", MainURL, False
'XMLReq.setRequestHeader "Content-Type", "application/x-www-form-urlencoded"
'XMLReq.setRequestHeader "Content-Type", "text/html; charset=utf-8"
'XMLReq.setRequestHeader "Content-Type", "text/html; charset=utf-8"
XMLReq.setRequestHeader "Accept-Language", "en-US,en;q=0.5"
XMLReq.setRequestHeader "Connection", "keep-alive"
XMLReq.setRequestHeader "accept-Encoding", "gzip , deflate"
XMLReq.setRequestHeader "accept", "text/html,application/xhtml+xml,application/xml;q=0.9,image/webp,*/*;q=0.8"
XMLReq.setRequestHeader "DNT", "1"
'XMLReq.setRequestHeader "Upgrade-Insecure- Requests", "1"
XMLReq.setRequestHeader "Set-Cookie", "ASP.NET_SessionId=cd03mksrog04g2ocuaeqxweb; path=/; HttpOnly"
'XMLReq.setRequestHeader "Cache-Control", "Max-age = 0"

'XMLReq.setRequestHeader "Cookie", MyCookie

If XMLReq.Status <> 200 Then
MsgBox "Problem" & vbNewLine & XMLReq.Status & " - " & XMLReq.statusText
Exit Sub
End If

' Get the webpage response data into a variable.
'response = StrConv(request.responseBody, vbUnicode)

HTMLDoc.body.innerHTML = XMLReq.responseText
Debug.Print XMLReq.responseText

Set XMLReq = Nothing

Set MainDiv = HTMLDoc.getElementById("main")

End Sub

and the output is:

<!doctype html><html><head><title>.:TSETMC:. :: ÏíÏå ÈÇä ÈÇÒÇÑ íÔÑÝÊå</title><!-- Global site tag (gtag.js) - Google Analytics --><script async src=""></script><script> window.dataLayer = window.dataLayer || []; function gtag(){dataLayer.push(arguments);} gtag('js', new Date()); gtag('config', 'UA-63076930-1');</script><script>var DBFlag='1' ;var LongRunnigPagesSite='';function ens(ty,sv){var lv=localStorage.getItem("v_"+ty);var t;if (1==1 || lv!=sv){var oX=new XMLHttpRequest();'GET', 'tsev2/res/loader.aspx?t='+ty+'&_'+sv,false);oX.send(null);t=oX.responseText;if(t[t.length-1]!=';') return;localStorage.setItem("v_"+ty,sv);localStorage.setItem("t_"+ty,t)}else{t=localStorage.getItem("t_"+ty)}if (ty=='s'){document.write("<style>"+t+"</style>")}else{var h=document.getElementsByTagName('HEAD').item(0);var s=document.createElement("script");s.defer=true;s.text=t;h.appendChild(s)}}var version='472';ens('j',version); ens('s',v
ersion); (function(i,s,o,g,r,a,m){i['GoogleAnalyticsObject']=r;i[r]=i[r]||function(){ (i[r].q=i[r].q||[]).push(arguments)},i[r].l=1*new Date();a=s.createElement(o), m=s.getElementsByTagName(o)[0];a.async=1;a.src=g;m.parentNode.insertBefore(a,m) })</script></head><body><div style="display:none">PSB is being developed by Pooya Paridel.</div><div id="FastView" class="slideTop"></div><div id="TopBar"><div id="company"><div id="company_logo"></div><div id="company_text">ÔÑßÊ ãÏíÑíÊ ÝäÇæÑí ÈæÑÓ ÊåÑÇä<br/> Tehran Securities Exchange Technology Management Co</div></div><div id="menu_btns"></div><script>ShowMenuIcon(1)</script></div><div class="MainContainer"><form method="post" action="./Loader.aspx?ParTree=15131F" id="form1">
<div class="aspNetHidden">
<input type="hidden" name="__VIEWSTATE" id="__VIEWSTATE" value="" />

<div id="display" style="direction:rtl;font-size:12px;text-align:right">
ens('g', version);
if (location.href.split('&')[1] == "E")
{ens('me', version); mw = MarketWatchPlus(); mw.StartMarketWatch() }
else {
ens('p', version); ens('tw', version); tw = TweetEngine();mw = MarketWatchPlus(); mw.StartMarketWatch()

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Well-known Member
Oct 17, 2005
Office Version
  1. 365
  1. Windows
Hi there,
2 options:
Browser automation in Excel VBA using Selenium - Coding is Love -> try selenium, basically automating Chrome from VBA
or try diving a bit deeper into the page:
if you load the page in e.g. Chrome, right click "inspect" and go for the network tab. Reload the page. That should show you which files are loaded in sequence. In your example:
Loader.aspx?ParTree=15131F -> this gives the response you show, here stops the XML road
js?id=UA-63076930-1 -> some google javascript
MarketWatchInit.aspx?h=0&r=0 -> this actually provides the data for the page with a GET command
So you could try in your code getting that last file only, it seems to have most of the data of the page.

Hope that gets you started,

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